American Quilter Winners!

 

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Flower

THE GIVEAWAY WINNERS

Thank you to all who participated in the  American Quilter Magazine Giveaway Contest!

You’re ALL Winners in my book….but only three of you can get a magazine (this time).   Many more Giveaways to come….

The Winners of the May issue of American Quilter Magazine (with my debut article) are:

  • Rosemary B-
  • Hazel Spindler
  • Leslie Schmidt

Ladies, please contact me with your address at lckennedy@hotmail.com and I’ll pop a SIGNED copy (LOL) of American Quilter in the mail ASAP….

YOU CAN STILL BE A WINNER…

If you didn’t win and would like a copy…it’s available at most craft stores, Barnes and Noble, etc. or you can subscribe HERE

WINNING PATTERNS

I was delighted to see that there was a good mix of patterns chosen.  Seems there’s something for everyone, but the Fan Favorites were:  The Square Flower and Flower Power

Free Motion Quilting, Square Flower

Free Motion Quilted Flowers

The Wind and The Irish Chain were also big favorites.

The Irish Chain, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

The Wave, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial, Long Arm Quilting Motif

MY FAVORITE WAS NOT CHOSEN

One thing that surprised me…NOT ONE person voted for MY FAVORITE–The Greek KeyGreek Key Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I use this pattern all the time in my quilts and I love it!  A classic design, The Greek Key is the perfect contrast to curvy patterns.

Is it too hard?

Is it not presented well?

I’m left to wonder….

Enough musing for now…I’ve got 520 more Tuesday Tutorials and a few American Quilter samples to stitch!  (Right, Rosemary B?)

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

Stars Turning the Corner

No…No…No!

I am NOT talking about Lindsay Lohan

If you want to read about stars in rehab, you’ll have to try HERE.

The Inbox Jaunt is still mostly about quilting…

Stars in the Corner, Free Motion Quilting

FREE MOTION QUILTED CORNERS

This week, a reader asked me how to turn the corner with The Swirling Stars free motion quilt (FMQ) pattern. See the tutorial HERE.

It is very easy to turn the corner (when you are a FMQ star–Hollywood stars–not so much…)

The “first pass” of The Swirling Stars pattern is a spiral with a long tail…

To turn the corner, simply stitch a spiral in the corner ….and stitch the tail into the new direction.

Stars in the Corner, Free Motion Quilting

Next, draw the stars…

Stars in the Corner, Free Motion Quilting

Stitch the second and third “passes”  just as you did before.

Stars in the Corner, Free Motion Quilting

ANOTHER OPTION

If you aren’t sure how to “bend”a pattern to turn the corner…(speaking of benders…did you read the article from Access Hollywood?…I digress)

  • Stop the motif at the corner.  
  • Stitch a new design element in the corner.
  • Then pick up your motif again.

Looks great every time!

WINNERS ANNOUNCED TOMORROW

Make sure you enter the American Quilter Magazine Giveaway.  Read more HERE.  Three lucky winners will be announced tomorrow!

Tata For Now (TTFN)

It’s raining cats and dogs here…and I have a zillion tutorials swirling in my head…How many Tuesdays are in a decade???

Lori

PS…This tutorial was quilted with Sulky rayon on top and Aurifil cotton in the bobbin on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator.

PS….All images, tutorials and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Please feel free to blog, pin, tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you, kindly!

 

 

‘A” is for Apple…A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

AN APPLE FOR MY TEACHER 

On my sidebar, you may have noticed the Apple-link to ALL the free motion quilt tutorials (just click on the apple and– magic–all the tutorials appear!) –I have had several requests for a tutorial for the apple.  With the end of the school year just weeks away, one reader suggested The Apple would make a great gift for teachers…Thanks, LaVonne for the idea…so here we go!

‘A’  IS FOR APPLE TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing a square.  In the sample below, I drew a six-inch square (using the Clover chaco-liner pen).

Begin stitching 1-1/4 inches below the top line.  Stitch up to create the curvy top of the apple, then down and at a slight angle to the bottom line.  On the bottom line,  stitch a slight wave and then up again to create the left side of the apple.

Do not fret too much about the shape of your apple.  In nature, apples are very oddly shaped. The key is a little wave at the top and bottom of the apple.

NOTE-Leave a small gap between the beginning stitches and the top of the apple which you just stitched.

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch a triangle stem.  Again, leave a gap–

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Now stitch a leaf-single or double.

Stitch through “the gap” and echo the upper left side of the apple.

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch a spiral and echo back to the top of the apple. (See The Spiral tutorial HERE)

This apple is complete the way it is, or you can echo around the entire apple and leaf for a more finished look.  (Not shown here.)

Apple Free Motion Quilt TutorialIf you want a fancy-schmancy apple- (Remember how nice that teacher was to your little tyke….!

Instead of returning to the top of the apple, drop down and add another spiral…

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Echo around the spiral and add more spirals…

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial…until you fill the entire apple.

Then echo stitch around the apple and  knot off. (See Knots HERE and HERE)

An apple so good you’ll want to make a pie!

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

NOTE-This tutorial was stitched with Robison-Anton Rayon thread on top and Aurifil 50wt cotton thread in the bobbin on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator.

MORE APPLES (AND MORE UFOs)

For an  free motion quilted table runner with apples..see HERE

For another (UFO) apple project, check this out HERE

And for a completed apple project HERE

Signed,

Lori Appleseed

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, tweet, blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.