The Windowsill Garden Mini-Quilt

Windowsill Flowers, Free Motion QuiltingIF YOU CAN DOODLE IT, YOU CAN QUILT IT

I hope you had time to try yesterday’s Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) tutorial, The Windowsill Garden.  Remember, if you don’t have time to stitch the patterns, try to find a few minutes each day to doodle the motifs.  It’s a great way to learn the pattern before you get to the sewing machine.

THE WINDOWSILL GARDEN MINI-QUILT

Windowsill Flowers, Free Motion Quilting

I used the design from yesterday’s tutorial to create this “vase quilt” –just a little something to add color under my vases, candy jars, Easter basket…

MAKING THE QUILT

I started with a 20″ x 24″ piece of fabric and drew a rectangle in the center of the fabric – leaving a  wide margin to test my tension and for trimming later.  I drew diagonal  lines  across the rectangle and lines bisecting the rectangle in each direction.    By placing the major design elements on these lines, I know my quilt will be visually balanced.

Windowsill Flowers, Free Motion QuiltingI began by stitching a large flower-pot on each of the drawn lines and a few smaller pots in between.

Windowsill Flowers, Free Motion QuiltingThen I layered in more quilting to fill the entire quilt.

Windowsill Flowers, Free Motion QuiltingI used this (new-to-me) two-ply 35wt Rayon thread from Robison-Anton (It’s now called Twister Tweed-not Swirl Sensation.) I found it at my LQS (Local Quilt Shop) or try  Sewforless.com HERE  and Red Rock  Threads HERE

Windowsill Flowers, Free Motion QuiltingThe two plys are different colors and together they create a fabulous textured effect! Fabulous!  I want ALL the colors!   The thread stitches beautifully with a Schmetz Topstitch 90 needle –(I used Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin.)

Windowsill Flowers, Free Motion QuiltingI’m hoping the little birdies will be singing on my windowsill now that the flowers are returning…

Windowsill Flowers, Free Motion Quilting

What’s new out your window today?  Flowers? Birds? Threads?

I’d love to hear…

Lori

PS…You can follow Robison-Anton on Pinterest HERE.  (And YT–YOURS TRULY–HERE.)

PPs…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 pin and re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com….You’re the best!

The Windowsill Garden Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Windowsill GardenGood morning, Quilters!  It’s Tuesday and that can mean only ONE thing–it’s time for another Free Motion Quilt Tutorial!  Here in Minnesota, the forecast today is 55 F and cloudy, but…if this  temperature keeps up for a few more days…all of the snow will melt and it will feel like Spring!  I can’t wait to plant my garden…so, let’s get started with The Windowsill Garden Free Motion Quilt (FMQ) tutorial!

THE WINDOWSILL GARDEN TUTORIAL

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion QuiltingBegin by drawing two lines four inches apart.  Draw another line 1-1/2 inches above the bottom line.  These drawn lines or “rails”  help keep our quilting straight and will be erased when we are finished.  (I usually use a light chalk mark which disappears with a little brushing.)

Begin stitching ON the bottom rail.  Stitch over a several stitches and begin stitching “the Pot” by angling up and slightly to the left.  Before reaching the second “rail” jog out a few stitches, up two or three stitches and then stitch ON the middle rail to create the top of the pot.

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion QuiltingNext, stitch the right side of the pot by sewing the mirror image of the left side–down a few stitches , jog in a few stitches, then down and angle inward to the bottom rail.  Stitch the bottom of the pot by stitching ON the bottom rail.  Stitch close to, but do not touch the left side of the pot.  Stop here.

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion QuiltingNow we are going to give the pot a few decorative lines.  Stitch up and down…

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion Quilting

Stitch three (or more) lines in your pot.

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion Quilting

Next, stitch up– between the right side of the pot and your third set of decorative lines.  Then stitch across the top of the pot.

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion Quilting

Stitch across the top of the pot and then back to the center.  From the center point, stitch straight up to create the stem of the flower.

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion Quilting

Stitch a spiral.

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion QuiltingSpiral out again…

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion QuiltingNext, stitch petals around the spiral.

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion QuiltingComplete the petals, then drop down to stitch the left leaf.

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion QuiltingAdd an inner leaf if you like, then cross the stem to stitch the right leaf.

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion QuiltingComplete the right leaf, then stitch down and echo stitch the right side of the pot.

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion QuiltingStitch to the bottom line and end here or continue on the rail to begin your second flower.

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion QuiltingInstant Windowsill Garden!  Lovely!

If you’d like more variety–try different flowers, different petals, or longer stems and more leaves (see second image above.)

The Windowsill Garden, Free Motion Quilting

This pattern would look adorable on the border of any quilt.   You could use this motif in a rectangular block by making the stem longer.  To use it in a square block,  stitch each plant radiating out from the center into the corners…

OR…see what I made with this pattern…coming WEDNESDAY!

NOTE-Today’s tutorial was stitched on my Bernina 820 with extra wide harp space and a huge bobbin–in other words, a Domestic Sewing Machine (DSM).  I used Sulky Rayon thread (40 wt) on top and Aurifil cotton (50 wt) in the bobbin using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle.  I did not use a BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator)

YOU, too CAN stitch this pattern.  FFMQ with LCK-(Fearless Free Motion Quilting with Lori “Cookie”  Crawley-Kennedy) is our new motto!  So go plant your windowsill!

I’d love to see it!

Signed,

Lady Crawley, Duchess of Doodling

PS–All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lady Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to Pin or re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For any other purpose please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Good Day!

‘C’ is for…And a Quick Letter Project

 

The Letter C- StitchedDear Readers,

Last week we had a most hilarious discussion about quilting and other abbreviations and acronyms…Read more HERE... I was certainly not alone in my confusion  about some of these written shortcuts.  Thank you to all who added to the list and provided links to other lists.  My plan is to compile all the abbreviations for easy reference here at The Inbox Jaunt and in our Quilt Notebooks.

I also asked…What is the “c” for in my initials: LCK?  Here’s a little hint…

Downton Abbey Quote

The most frequent guess was “Catherine”–which definitely would sound great with Kennedy!  as does Caroline, of course…

The Letter C- StitchedMy favorite guess was “Cookie”–(chocolate chip, yes, thank you!)

The Letter C- Stitched

The Letter C- StitchedBy now you’re all probably thinking my middle name is Cora...but it’s not…Lori Cora–is not a good name do you think?

In fact, The Letter C is taken from my maiden name-Crawley-–Just like the heirs to Downton Abbey.  (I’m convinced I’m an heiress as well!)

Downton Abbey Quote

My middle name is Ann and I didn’t want my monogram to be LAK–

Too bad my parents didn’t name me Lori Ursula–that would have been fortuitous, don’t you think?

The Letter C- StitchedI have a small disclaimer here…I found both of the Downton Abbey photos and captions on Pinterest.  I know Matthew and Lord Grantham are cousins–but is Cora’s last name Crawley?  or is this just a Pinterest mistake?

NOTE:  The letters in the top three images were free printables I found  at Skiptomylou.org HERE...  I simply layered fabric and batting, stitched around the letters twice and then cut close to the stitched line–leaving a raw edge.  Cute for decorating packages or bulletin boards…or maybe as a child’s spelling toy.

Until tomorrow,  (I have a fun TFMQT–Tuesday Free Motion Quilt Tutorial) for you!

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 Pin and re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  THX!