Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Applique

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Whenever I get a chance to sneak up to my sewing room on a Saturday, I allow myself a little “play time”…A chance to experiment with new techniques or new materials…

Last week I found some hand dyed fabric that was fused in small sheets and I cut out flower and leaf shapes…NO PLAN…I just worked intuitively…

This week, I played with compositions using the flowers and leaves and then fused this bouquet.

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Applique

 

I used this Robison-Anton Twister Tweed  (Two ply thread-one white, one black-love the effect!) to raw edge appliqué this flower in place…

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Applique

 

Can’t wait until Saturday, for more time to play…

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Applique

 

Wishing YOU some free time–just for “PLAY”,

Lori

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

 

Free Motion Quilting–Playing with Scale

Free Motion Quilted FlowersWelcome back, Happy (Blossom) Quilters!

Thanks to all who shared the Happy Blossoms Free Motion Quilt tutorial!   We seem to be getting the word out to #banthestipple and #meandernomore…with fun and fresh patterns like the Happy Blossom

I WOKE UP WITH AN IDEA

… a little experiment in scale using only the Happy Blossom quilt motif….

Free Motion Quilted FlowersI worked on a little practice piece early in the morning…I think my subconscious was working on it during the night…

Free Motion Quilted FlowersNot perfect, but I think with a little tweaking (and a little coffee to wake me up more)  this could be lovely…

Free Motion Quilted FlowersA CHALLENGE-

Use The Happy Blossom or any of the FREE free motion quilt motifs and play with scale…

Try stitching the motif in three sizes and then work on ways to combine them.

Work quickly–it helps YOUR intuitive brain work better.

Then send us a photo–preferably to Flickr, Instagram–#theinboxjaunt, #banthestipple, #meandernomore,  or send a photo to me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.

MORE QUILTING

Tomorrow–a little more about Improvisational Quilting  and Open Line Friday–bring YOUR questions…

Happy Stitching,

Lori

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, tweet, share, pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!  Today is Tuesday!–Free Motion Quilt Tutorial Day!  A Holiday in the middle of the week!

Today, we are working on a background filler–a stipple banishing–background filler.  (Those who have followed for some time know that my goal is to BAN THE STIPPLE–it’s not pretty, it’s not easy, it’s not necessary…

To this end, I have been offering FREE free motion quilt tutorials every week for more than two years!

Today, we have a pretty little posy for you…The Happy Blossom.  Don’t you think some flowers look HAPPY, while other flowers, like roses, seem rather serious?  (Perhaps it’s part of my “pareidolia“???)

THE HAPPY BLOSSOM TUTORIAL

This motif could be stitched in a row–in a border, or stitched as a background, all-over, or “fill” pattern.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialBecause this is a fill pattern, we will not begin with any lines or “rails” as we do in most of the tutorials.

Begin by stitching a curved tail and an open circle.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialNext, stitch a loopy petal.  Stitch over two small stitches and begin the next petal.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialKeep adding petals around the center.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialAdding as many petals as necessary to surround the center– four, five or six…

The key to this flower is the small stitches between each petal.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialOnce the flower is complete, stitch across the stem, and sweep underneath the flower to begin the next flower…PERFECT!

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialFor more interest, add a leaf anywhere along the stem.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialOr add a leaf or two between the petals.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialWhen stitching this motif as a background, there are several ways to travel to the next flower. (See above and below…)

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialIt takes practice to stitch background patterns.

Take your time, stop frequently and plan.  When you get trapped, simply knot off and start again–like any Happy Blossom would!

 

Signed,

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

NOTE-Today’s tutorial is stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona cotton, with Aurifil 28 cotton on top and Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle on my Bernina 150-Quilter’s Edition–(My Bernina 820 is in for a cleaning…)  No stitch regulator…

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 share, Pin and tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you!