A Fall Vase Quilt

Fall Vase Quilt, Free Motion QuiltingIt’s a little bit cooler and the days are shorter, which means it’s time to bring out the Fall Quilt Collection…

This Vase Quilt–(I love small quilts to put on my tables underneath bowls and vases)–is one of my favorites.

It started with an orphan block that I made at a class several years ago.

Fall Vase Quilt, Free Motion QuiltingDo you recognize The String of Pearls from Tuesday’s free motion quilt tutorial?

Fall Vase Quilt, Free Motion QuiltingHere it is combined with a variation of The Welsh Leaf in a very effective border.

Fall Vase Quilt, Free Motion QuiltingI bet YOU have an orphan block or two?!

Just add a bowl of apples and your house will be ready for fall!

Happy Stitching,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, information, and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to pin, share, re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

The Best Way to Improve Your Free Motion Quilting

Sewing DoodlesI know I say this a lot, but one of the best things you can do to improve your quilting is to DOODLE!

Sewing Doodles

Doodling helps build the muscle memory for free motion quilting.

When you sit down at the sewing machine, you should already know each motif and be able to draw it without hesitation.

Sewing DoodlesIt is much much more difficult to stitch  THE MOTIFS by looking at them on the computer while free motion quilting.

Sewing DoodlesBuy yourself a sketchbook and a ream of typing paper and Doodle away!

If you only take one thing from The Inbox Jaunt, let it be:

“If you can doodle it, you can quilt it!”…and it’s corollary–

“If you can’t doodle it, you can’t quilt it!”

The Diva of Doodling,

Lori

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PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you!

String of Pearls-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,Good morning, Quilters!

Now that the kiddies are back at school I hope everyone has a little more time for quilting!

Last week, we started our own lesson plan…to learn the Humble Circle.  Like most simple things, The Circle is challenging to get just right.  It takes a lot of practice.

We started with the  Dots and Dashes Free motion quilt tutorial last Tuesday (Tutesday?)

While Dots and Dashes is a fabulous pattern in its own right, it is also a SKILLBUILDER pattern.  It helps build muscle memory for other circle patterns.

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

Dots and Dashes teaches four things:

  • Clockwise circles
  • Counter-clockwise circles
  • Stitching around a circle one and 1/2 times
  • Stopping in the middle of the circle –to start the dash…

If you are new to circles, try Dots and Dashes first, then move on to today’s free motion quilt tutorial, The String of Pearls.

THE STRING OF PEARLS TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two lines.  For this tutorial, the lines are 1/2 inch apart.

Begin stitching in between the two lines.  Stitch a full clockwise circle.

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

Stitch over the previous line of stitching around the circle to the midpoint on the right side of the circle.

(NOTE- In the sample below the stitching is offset–this is for demonstration only.)

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

Instead of stitching a straight line — as in Dots and Dashes–Stitch a curve toward the bottom line and begin the counter-clockwise circle.

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

Stitch over the previous line of stitching, back to the mid-point and begin another circle.

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

Continue stitching clockwise and counter-clockwise circles to create a String of Pearls.

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

Once you are comfortable with the String of Pearls, try varying the size of the Pearls.  (This will help when we try another circle tutorial–The Circle Filler also known as Pebbles.)

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,Circles look simple, but they require a slower pace and full concentration…(You may notice, that I lack focus frequently!)

The clockwise, counter-clockwise method allows the quilter to develop a regular rhythm and this will help with both consistency and speed.  Again, Circles take practice!

THIS WEEK

I have decided to delay the circle tutorial planned for tomorrow.   Practice Dots and Dashes, The String of Pearls, and changing pearls (And of course, the Race Car)

We’ll add some really fun motifs next week…then a tutorial on “Pebbles” –-the Circle fill pattern later in the month.

So many ideas, so little time…

I’m off on a JAUNT!–Can’t wait to tell you about it!

Lori

PS…The above tutorial was stitched on my Bernina 150 (A domestic sewing machine) without a stitch regulator, using Aurifil thread in the

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free (please do) Pin, re-blog and share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!