The Dragonfly–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilted Dragonfly

Good Morning, Quilters!  We’re back to work today with another circle tutorial in our progression.

While circles look easy, they are challenging to master.  In order to ensure success, we have been learning circles in a step-by-step progression.  Each motif builds on the previous technique to develop the hand-eye coordination and the motor planning necessary to advance to the next level.  (Race cars were just thrown in for fun–not really necessary for the progression.)

Today we have another fun motif for your free motion quilting net–The Dragonfly.

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyBegin by stitching a full circle.  In the sample below, the circle is the size of a pencil eraser.

Stitch an antenna with a curl on the top.

Stitch back over the antenna to the small circle, then stitch over one or two stitches to begin the second antenna.

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyStitch another antenna.  It’s fun if the second antenna is a little larger…

Stitch around the head of the dragonfly and stop at “the chin”…

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyNext, stitch another circle, slightly larger than the first circle.

Stitch a loop-de-loop set of wings…

Free Motion Quilted Dragonfly

Stitch ON the stitches of the lower part of the larger circle to get to the right side then stitch another set of loop-de-loop wings.

Stitch down to the base of the second circle.

Free Motion Quilted Dragonfly

Then stitch a String of Pearls–with each circle getting progressively smaller.

Finish off with a twirling flight line.

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyLovely!  Just the perfect touch for YOUR next quilt…

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyWe have a few more bugs to net tomorrow…

Next week we’ll work on Pebbles–the most challenging of the circle motifs–Not to worry…it will be EASY for YOU because you have done your homework!

Did you know that some cultures associate the Dragonfly with evil spirits while other cultures love the Dragonfly as a symbol of change…

To me The Dragonfly symbolizes the beginning of the beautiful days of autumn.

Happy Stitching!

Lori

PS…Don’t forget to DOODLE FIRST!

PPS…This tutorial was stitched with Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon on top with a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle on Kona cotton on my Bernina 150 without a stitch regulator.

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

The Bumble Bee – A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Bumble Bee Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

As I mentioned yesterday, I have been a busy bee for the last few weeks.  I just got back from a lovely Ladies Week in Cape Cod and Martha’s VineyardIf I haven’t answered your questions–that is why.  I will answer all the questions over  the next few days.

Also, a few of you have contacted me that mysteriously, you are no longer receiving The Inbox Jaunt in your e-mail…please contact me if this is happening to you. (lckennedy@hotmail.com)  This is a recurrent problem that I have to take up with the wizards at Word Press…last time the fix was only temporary… Thank you for being so patient!  Please continue to join us!

I am much better behind my sewing machine than under the hood of a computer!  Aarrgghhh!

THREE TUTORIALS THIS WEEK–GARDEN FAUNA

This week we are going to do three short tutorials using the circles we have been practicing.  See Dots and Dashes and The String of Pearls tutorials.

Today’s tutorial is The Bumblebee

All of the tutorials this week will look great on any floral quilt and would be great to tuck into free motion quilted flowers.

THE BUMBLE BEE TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching a full circle.  In the sample below, the circle is a bit smaller than a dime.

Next, stitch a straight line and a very tiny circle for the antenna.

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

Stitch ON or VERY CLOSE TO the straight line and back to the circle.  Stitch over two stitches and repeat to create a second antenna.

Stitch halfway around the circle and stop at the “chin” of the bee.  (We all know that bees have knees–but did you know they also have chins?)

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

From the “chin” — Stitch two tear-drop shaped wings—then two stitches under the bee’s chin.

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

Stitch two more wings on the right side–leaving a small opening for the bee’s body…

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

Stitch back and forth to create the body of the bee.  Make the center of his body a bit wider than the upper and lower body.

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

Add a triangle on the bottom,

then stitch back over the right side of the triangle to reach the bottom…

Add a twisted line…the bee’s line of flight….

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

That’s it!      Perfect!

Bumble bee, chases me, I PICK YOU!

Lori

PS…More garden fauna free motion quilting tomorrow and Thursday.

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

NOTE-Stitched with Aurifil 50wt in the bobbin, Sulky 40wt Rayon on top on my Bernina 150–domestic sewing machine without a stitch regulator.

Seeing Faces–Cape Cod Style

Lobster Trap Face

Like many of you,  I have Pareidolia- I see faces everywhere…

In July, I saw the face below on a wood-join while visiting a friend’s cabin in Wisconsin–

Last week, I travelled to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard …and saw the above face in a lobster trap.

I have lots more to share about my trip to Massachusetts…but for now, I’m knee-deep in laundry!

Face on a Woodjoiner

 

Follow me on Instagram (theinboxjaunt) for more photos of Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod…and add your creative faces #theinboxjaunt…

BUSY QUILTING WEEK

We will have three short tutorials this week as we continue to work with circles.  Keep practicing Dots and Dashes as well as The String of Pearls so you are ready to move on!

See you soon!

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