Free Motion Quilting a Valentine Postcard

 

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Yesterday, we worked on The Extra-Sweet Heart Border-a design that will brighten up all of your quilts, especially Valentine-inspired quilts.

FMQ, Valentine Postcard

 I made this little quilt for my Mother.   The poem is one she is fond of saying to all her babies (7), grand-babies(16)  and great grand babies (10 + 2 on the way) !The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

It’s a little large (14″ x 22″) to qualify for the postcard rate at the post office.

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I plan to bind it and ship it off today.  I want my Mother to know we all love her A BUSHEL AND A PECK!

Hugs around the neck,

Lori

NOTE:  This Valentine was stitched with Aurifil 50 wt thread in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon on top with a Schmetz 80 Topstitch needle on my Bernina 820…in case you were wondering…

PS…All tutorials, photographs and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free (and encouraged) to Pin and re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For any other use, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border FMQ Tutorial

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

With just ten days until Valentine’s Day, our hearts (and our quilts) turn to thoughts of the people we love…  There’s still time to make them a little token of our admiration.  Today we have a little embellishment you might want to add:  The Extra-Sweet Heart Border.  This pattern is the updated version of The Sweetheart Border we stitched last February.  (See HERE)

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Tutorial

Begin by drawing two lines.  In the sample below, the  lines are one inch apart.  Begin stitching above the bottom line.  Stitch a small “c” shape, then stitch the left side of the heart.

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

At the top of the heart, stitch a loop…

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

then stitch the right side of the heart.

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

As you approach the bottom line, curve up and stitch a loop–this is the bottom of the upside down heart.

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Continue curving up to form the left side of the second heart…

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Sweet!  In no time at all –a gorgeous border for your Valentine’s Day Quilt–or absolutely any quilt!

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Try this border in different sizes.  Below–one inch and two-inch borders.

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

This is one of those patterns that has rhythm.  Once you get in a grove, you’ll be stitching and singing…

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

 NOTE:  This tutorial was stitched with Aurifil cotton 50wt in the bobbin, Robison-Anton Rayon on top using a Schmetz Topstitch 80 needle on my domestic sewing machine, a Bernina 820.

Tomorrow:  A Valentine to my Mother–a quilted postcard.

May all your stitches be sweet,

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 and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For commercial use (or to sponsor The Inbox Jaunt) please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com

Establishing Priorities–The Quilt Notebook Series

Free Motion Quilting, Spiral Flowers

When it comes to quilting, our most limited resource is TIME…

THE UFO LIST

Last week we touched on the idea that many of us have long lists of “Unfinished Quilts” because we:

  • Underestimate the time required to complete a quilt or project….And we
  • Overestimate the time we have available for quilting.

Because we all have a limited amount of time for quilting, establishing goals is essential.

FURTHER EVALUATING OUR UFOs

Spend some time this week considering each of your UFOs.  For each quilt on your UFO list, ask yourself these questions:

  • How do you FEEL when you look at this quilt?  Happy?   Excited?  Love, love, love?  Anxious?  Guilty? Disappointed?
  • Do you LOVE anything about this quilt?  The fabric, the pattern,  the colors?
  • Do you HATE anything about this quilt?
  • Has this quilt been in “deep storage” so long it looks dated?
  • Does this quilt contain materials or workmanship that are no longer your standard?
  • Did you EVER like this quilt?
  • Do you enjoy the process of this quilt?
  • Do you have all the materials you need to complete this quilt?  If not, can you obtain the materials or a suitable replacement?
  • Can you find the pattern for this quilt?  How difficult would it be to improvise or replace the instructions?
  • How much time would it take to complete this project?
  • How much time have you already spent on this project?
  • How much money have you spent on this project?  How much more money would be required to complete this quilt?
  • Is this quilt a group project?
  • Does this quilt have a deadline?
  • Do you have a “home” for this quilt?  A bedroom that needs a little freshening up with a quilt?  Or a dreary sofa that could be cheered with a new color draped over it?

FMQ, Time Management Quote

MAKING DECISIONS

After answering the questions above about each quilt individually, look at the list as a whole and ask yourself:

  • Which quilts “sing” to me RIGHT NOW?
  • Which quilts represent YOUR BEST work?
  • Which quilts do you ENJOY making the most?
  • Which quilts would STRETCH your skills just a little?

Free Motion Quilting, Spiral Flowers

THE BIG THREE

Now comes the hard part…

Pick three quilts  (and only three quilts!)  that you want to move to your “Works In Progress” list.  First, choose THE ONE quilt that is the most important for you to finish.  This quilt should be YOUR BEST work and a quilt that your children and museums will fight over.

Second, choose a quilt that you can complete in the shortest amount of time.  Finishing a quilt is a highly motivating event.  Success breeds success and helps propel other projects forward.

 Finally, choose a deadline quilt.  (Notice, I did not put the deadline quilt first–we will talk more about “Deadline Quilts” soon.)  If you don’t have any group projects or deadline quilts, choose one “Free choice quilt” –a process or color that intrigues you right now.

FMQ, Time Management Quote

GRADUATION FROM UFO TO WIP

Once you’ve chosen your BIG THREE quilts as Works in Progress…Put the names of those quilts in your Quilt Notebook.  Each Work In Progress gets it’s own page.  If you are using a spiral notebook, give it three or four pages.   Start by listing the “Vital Statistics” of each of the three Works In Progress.  This includes information such as:  Date started, Size of quilt, Intended Use, the pattern location…(see more HERE)

Does that mean those are the only quilts you can work on?  YES!…well, no.  At least 75 % of your available quilting time should be spent on THE BIG THREE quilts.  The rest of your quilting time can be used to learn new skills and work on any projects that suit your mood.

Don’t throw away any of your other UFOs just yet.    We will be studying ALL of our quilts…there is as much to be learned from our failures as there is from our great quilts!

Next week:  Jump starting our Works in Progress…

Happy, Relaxed and Organized Stitching,

Lori

PS…All information, tutorials and images are property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are for personal use only.  Feel free to (encouraged) to share with your friends, Pin and re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For any other use, (or to sponsor The Inbox Jaunt), contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  You’re the best!

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