Eyebrows and Free Motion Quilting

EYEBROWS ARE SISTERS

Make up artists say that your eyebrows should look like sisters–they don’t have to look like twins.  Read Beauty Tips HERE.  The same is true for free motion quilting.

Free Motion Quilted Oak Leaves and Acorns

FMQ PATTERNS ARE SISTERS, TOO

Whenever free motion quilting a pattern that has a right and left side-like feathers or leaves…it is impossible to make them perfect mirror images–that’s okay!  Don’t fret–our goal is “sisters, not twins”.

Your quilt and your quilting will still look beautiful!

LKennedy.FreeMotionQuilting001Most things in nature are not perfectly symmetrical or perfect mirror images.

For an interesting view of how asymmetrical faces are, check out these celebrity photos on Left Face, Right Face.

If nature is not symmetrical , I would argue, our quilting need not be either…

Lori

You may find the  Oak Leaf free motion quilt tutorial HERE and the Open Leaf free motion quilt tutorial HERE

PS…All tutorials and images 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!

Special Delivery-A Free Motion Quilting Quick Tip:  Batting Tricks

Special Delivery-A Free Motion Quilting Quick Tip: Batting Tricks

Free Motion Quilting QUICK TIP–Specially Delivered to YOU! Wool batting is great!  It has great loft, washes in the washing machine beautifully and gets better with age… Sometimes its too lofty for small projects.  (Vase quilts, etc.) Wool batting can be … Continue reading

The Race Car–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Welcome back to Circle Month here at The Inbox Jaunt and another FREE, Free Motion Quilt tutorial--The Speedy Race Car tutorial.

No, you are not confused…it IS Wednesday.  We are working on two tutorials this week(and next) as we explore the Humble Circle…

Yesterday, we worked on Dots and Dashes.  I hope you had time to practice.  Today, our pit crew is going to put Dots and Dashes to work.

THE RACE CAR TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing a rectangle 4 inches wide by 3 inches.

Add a second line, 1/2 inch above the bottom line.

Begin stitching on this line.

Stitch a dash, dot, dash, dot, dash….EASY!

 

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialNext curve up and around to make the front fender–about 1/2 inch below the top line

Curve down and back up to create the “seat” of the race car.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialThen curve back down to close the car… Perfect and SPEEDY!

This simple car stands alone.  No further embellishment is needed…Echo stitch the bottom of the car and begin another car…(NOT SHOWN)

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialFor a “souped up” car…Stitch next to the first “dash” into the wheel of the car.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Add a star inside the wheel, then stitch out of the wheel and around the top of the back wheel and into the front tire…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialStitch a star in the front wheel, then stitch over the front wheel and echo stitch the front of the car, adding a racing stripe if desired.  Continue echo stitching until you reach the car seat.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialAdd a steering wheel, then continue echo-stitching…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Add a number and some “exhaust”…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Plain or “souped”….A SPEEDY RACE CAR sure to please…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Have fun!…Add your child’s name or his favorite number…Write a message in the “exhaust”…

Keep doodling, keep practicing circles…

Two more circle tutorials next week…

And oodles of more fun this week…

Stay tuned.

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