Tying a Quilt-The Free Motion Quilting Way

Sailboat, Free motion Quilting

Are you looking for a fast and easy way to finish a quilt top?

Perhaps you’ve just completed a baby quilt and don’t want to spend a lot of time or money finishing the quilt…

Here’s the perfect solution—Tie the quilt with a simple free motion quilt motif in every square or corner.

Tying a Quilt001

The most common way to tie a quilt is  to use yarn and a large needle to hand  tie a knot every 4-10 inches in the layered quilt.

Tommy the Turtle-Free Motion Quilting

For the free motion method of hand tying a quilt:  choose a simple free motion motif (or several) and stitch the motif in place of a yarn knot.

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

The Shamrock

This method is perfect for baby quilts or any quilts that you would like a little fluffier.

It’s fast, fun and a perfect way to gain confidence with free motion quilting…

Try The Sailboat, The Tulip, Tommy the Turtle, The Shamrock free motion quilt motifs

Let me know what YOU think…

Lori

PS…Other motifs that would work include The Pretty Little Bow, The Closed Umbrella, The Open Umbrella, The Daisy, The Windowsill Garden

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

The Home Run Baseball Quilt

Free Motion Quilted Baseballs

Do you have any Little League baseball players in your family?  Or perhaps your child prefers softball or tennis?

Wouldn’t it be nice to record all their teams and special dates–home runs, etc. in a special way?

Or perhaps you need a gift for that special coach?

Why not make a Home Run Quilt?

Whether your child is in Little League or Fast Pitch softball, or tennis (green fabric, no zig zag)…this quilt is perfect for all the sportsmen on your team!

Once the quilt is complete,  use a permanent marker to add the names of all the baseball teams on which your child has played and the dates of their home runs…

If your quilt is a coach’s gift, ask each child on the team to sign the baseballs…

Free Motion Quilted BaseballsTO MAKE THE HOME RUN QUILT

Create this quilt by overlapping the circles from yesterday’s free motion quilt tutorial:  The Baseball.

In today’s quilt, I used two types of Rayon thread:  Robison-Anton’s Twister Tweed and Sulky 40 wt –or use cotton Aurifil 28 wt thread as I did in yesterday’s tutorial.

Free Motion Quilted Baseballs

Free Motion Quilted BaseballsI can just see it with a trophy on top!

We’re off to a tournament this weekend–wish PK (my son) and his team luck!

Go Pioneers!

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

 

Baseballs-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilted BaseballsTUESDAY IS TUTORIAL DAY

Good morning, Quilters and Baseball Fans!  As you may recall, when I’m not quilting or blogging, you can find me sitting on the bleachers watching my son play baseball.  It’s my favorite pastime!

There are baseballs, bats, gloves, hats (and smelly gym shoes) in every room of our house–including my sewing room.  One day it hit me… (no, not a foul ball—an inspiration…)

A baseball quilt!

THE BASEBALL FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

To stitch this pattern, a circle template is useful.  (The templates are available at office supply stores.)  However, any circle will work…use a juice glass or a cookie cutter, or the bottom of the spray starch.

Begin by drawing two lines to keep the balls in a row…In the sample below, the lines are three inches apart.

Use the template to draw circles in a row.  It is best if the circles touch… In the sample below, the circles are 2-1/2 inches.

Next, use the template to draw semi-circles on each side of the “baseball”.  It looks best if the position of the semicircles is varied…

Free Motion Quilted BaseballsBegin stitching…stitch the full circle.

Free Motion Quilted BaseballsOver lap stitches–either by stitching right on top of the previous stitching or very close to it until you reach a semi-circle.  Stitch ON the drawn semi-circle line, and then echo back.

Free Motion Quilted BaseballsStitch around the baseball until you reach the second semi-circle.  Double stitch the drawn line.  Continue around the outer edge of the baseball and begin stitching the next baseball.

Free Motion Quilted BaseballsComplete the entire row of baseballs.

Next, stitch the “baseball stitching”…

Free Motion Quilted BaseballsStitch over each of the double lines with a large zig zag.   (NOTE-Create the zig-zags with free motion quilting–not the zig zag on your machine…)

Free Motion Quilted BaseballsIn this sample, I used white Sulky Rayon thread to create the baseballs.  Then I switched to  Red Aurifil 28 Cotton thread–a heavier thread, to create a more authentic look for the baseballs.

Free Motion Quilted BaseballsNOTES ABOUT OVERSTITCHING AND KNOTTING

The baseballs contain more “over stitching”–stitching right on top of or next to a previous line of stitching– than I usually like in a pattern, but it is acceptable in this pattern because if the casual subject matter and look of this quilt.

Also, each red Zig Zag requires knotting off.   In this motif, I knotted by stitching very small stitches back over the pattern for 6-7 stitches to lock the threads.  In some motifs this would be too messy, but in The Baseballs,  it suits the pattern and is acceptable.

OPTIONAL ZIG ZAG

In order to avoid the frequent knotting…

Add the zig zags right after each double semi-circle is stitched.  (Not shown here)…It’s much easier…but not quite as cute…(Do quilters EVER do anything because it’s easier…)

Free Motion Quilted BaseballsIt’s the bottom of the ninth, tying run is at second, two men out….YOU’RE UP…

Are you a clutch hitter?

I’d love to hear….

If not…stitch up a few baseballs from the comfort of your sewing machine!

Lori

TOMORROWThe Home Run Quilt–something every baseball player in the family needs…

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