Build A Rock Solid Routine-Be Ready

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinWhen inspiration strikes are YOU ready?

You may have only 20 minutes….

If everything is ready, 20 minutes is enough...but ONLY if you are organized…

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinDo you have a quilt sandwich ready?

Today’s assignment in Building a Rock Solid Routine for Free Motion Quilting is to make 10 quilt sandwiches.

A nice quilt sandwich size is 18 x 20–a fat quarter.

12 x 12 is the smallest I would recommend.

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinYOUR ASSIGNMENT

Choose a size that works for you.  This is YOUR SIZE.  Write it down somewhere!  If you have a lot of fat quarters-go with 18 x 20″.

1.   Cut 10 -12 batting pieces.

Either use what you have or buy a twin size batting and cut it up into pieces slightly larger than YOUR SIZE.

2.  Cut 10-12 pieces of quilt top fabric in YOUR SIZE.

Make sure some of the fabrics are solids.  Choose seasonal colors.  Skip the muslin and  ugly colors -you won’t feel inspired by these fabrics and when your stitching looks fabulous you will be disappointed by the fabric.(NOTE:  If you have any “orphan blocks” they make great little projects for free motion quilt practice.  Use them “as is” or add a border.)

Fold the top fabrics neatly.

3.  Cut 10-12 backing pieces slightly larger than YOUR SIZE.

Again, this is no time to use up your “dogs”.  It is okay to use fabrics you don’t love anymore, but don’t use fabric you HATE...there is a difference.

Avoid white on white fabrics -they don’t slide well as backings.  Also, avoid very tightly woven fabrics like hand dyed and batiks.

Fold the backing fabrics neatly.

MIX AND MATCH WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES

You should have three neatly folded piles:

  • Batting
  • Tops
  • Backing

All mix and match (the sizes are all the same)…

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinNOW you are READY TO GO!

Pick one from each pile and iron all three layers… (I don’t recommend ironing all the fabrics at once–they stitch best when ironed just before stitching…)

You only have 20 minutes to quilt you say?

I can’t wait to see what YOU do in 20 minutes!

(For  ideas and inspiration…check out the entire library of free motion quilt tutorials…)

Happy Stitches,

Lori

You might also like other posts in this series:

Build a Rock Solid Routine for FMQ

Build a Rock Solid Routine Supply List for FMQ

Build a Rock Solid Routine:  Machine Set up for FMQ

PS…All images, information and tutorials 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!

Free Motion Quilted pumpkin

 

 

Trick or Treat! The Sweet Candy Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting CandyDid you buy your candy for Halloween Trick or Treat yet?  Only days left…

Perhaps you might snatch a few pieces for inspiration for today’s tutorial:  Sweet Candy!

THE SWEET CANDY FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two lines or “rails”…just to keep things tidy.   In the practice piece below, the lines are two inches apart.

Begin stitching inside the drawn lines.  Stitch a rounded rectangle.

Free Motion Quilting CandyStitch around the corner and sew a squiggly line.

Free Motion Quilting CandyStitch out from the squiggly line to create a triangle.  A wavy triangle is best.

Free Motion Quilting CandyStitch into the triangle.  Then stitch two long loops.  Stitch out of the triangle under the squiggly lines and into the rectangle.

Free Motion Quilting Candy

Stitch along the length of the rectangle, curve back and forth and stop on the outer right edge of the rectangle.

Free Motion Quilting Candy

Repeat the squiggly line, the wavy triangle and the loops inside the triangle.

Then stitch out and under the piece of candy.

SWEET!  The first piece of candy is ready to EAT!  

Free Motion Quilting CandyFor the next piece…stitch a spiral…

Free Motion Quilting CandyOr…YOUR favorite candy!

Free Motion Quilting CandyBe creative, fill the basic candy shape with any decorative stitches.

OR …change the shape of the candy...

Also, use this pattern as an All-over motif by adjusting the lines connecting the candy.

Free Motion Quilting CandyRemember, it’s YOUR candy—YOU get to choose!

(Tootsie Rolls— for ME!)

May YOUR stitches be sweet,

Lori

NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman’s Kona cotton with Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin -Topstitch 90 needle -on my Bernina 150 without a stitch regulator.  (The Bernina 150 is a standard, domestic sewing machine.)

PS…All tutorials, information 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!

Winners-American Quilter Magazine!

Pumpkin QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!  Happy Monday!

Thank you to all who entered our American Quilter Magazine Giveaway!

It was very interesting to read about the wide variety of sewing machines used for free motion quilting.   We will talk more about feed-dogs UP and feed dogs DOWN in a coming edition of The Inbox Jaunt.

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO:  THE WINNERS:

  • Liz Horgan
  • Katrina (kwfiberarts)
  • Annie of Blue Gables
  • Cindy Schultz

Congratulations, Winners!  Please send your mailing address to  (lckennedy@hotmail.com) and I will send your SIGNED copy today!

Pumpkin QuiltingOTHER WAYS TO WIN…

Remember, YOU ALL can be winners of the American Quilter Magazine--The November issue is on news stands now. It is chock-full of fun quilting and inspiration, including Christmas and Winter FMQ motifs and projects by YOU KNOW WHO…

Better yet, get a subscription to American Quilter right HERE!

TODAY’S QUILT

The above small quilt was a commissioned piece I stitched early this fall for The Lavender Hill Pumpkin Farm in California. (In my haste to send it on time, I failed to take a photo of the final quilt!)

If you live in the area–it looks like a gorgeous place to get your “Pumpkins with Personality.”

Happy Stitching,

Lori

 

PS…All tutorials, information 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!