Open Line Friday…Pot Pourri

Free Motion Quilted FlowerHappy Friday, Everyone!

Today is Open Line Friday–Any Questions this week?

I will start by answering a few questions that came up in the “comments” this week.

ABOUT THE FLOWER QUILT

A bit more clarification about the little floral quilt from Wednesday’s :  Free Motion Quilting:  Playing with Scale

The large flowers were stitched across the entire piece first, then echo stitched to make them “pop” more.

The Happy Blossom filler from Tuesday’s Tutorial was added last.

Free Motion Quilted FlowersRAW EDGE APPLIQUE

When stitching with Robison-Anton’s Twister Tweed, I used a Schmetz Topstitch 90 needle.  A Topstitch 80 would work as well.

A note about needles:  Increasingly, I find myself using the Schmetz Topstitch 90 for all of my free motion quilting.  For most of my projects it has been trouble free.  For more about needles:  How to Chose a Needle for Free Motion Quilting.

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge AppliqueTHE CIRCUS

Last week, I wrote about a jaunt to The Ringling Circus in Sarasota, Florida…One of our readers, Mardi Carter,  shared the link to her quilt, “Bigtop”.

Her gorgeous circus quilt won the 2014 Hoffman Challenge for Mixed Best Machine Work!

Congratulations, Mardi!

AS THE SUMMER WINDS DOWN

I’m a little distressed about the end of summer.  It’s back to school on Monday…

I had a very busy summer, but still didn’t do/see half the things on my list…kayaking, fishing, Willow River State Parkhike Taylors Falls–see the potholes…

What about YOU?  What are your plans for the weekend?

What summer activities do you have left on YOUR list?

We’d love to hear!

Lori

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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!