Sweet Sunshine Vase Quilt

FMQ, Sunshine, Quilt…my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray….Name that tune in 15 words or less?  I’m sure those of you who knew “A Bushel and a Peck”  (see the Valentine Quilt HERE) will be able to help me out again.  I always get these little ditties going (and repeating in my head) and I have no idea where they come from…

FMQ, Sunshine, QuiltToday’s little vase-quilt–I love little quilts on which to put my vases and bowls…is designed using  yesterday’s tutorial,  Sweet Sunshine.

FMQ, Sunshine, QuiltI added a few sunshines, a few half-sunshines, The Twist, and then a bunch of whirls and twirls…

FMQ, Sunshine, Quilt

MATERIALS/SUPPLIES

Orange Kona cotton with Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin and Robison Anton Rayon on top…using a Schmetz Topstitch 80 needle on my Bernina 820 sewing machine (with it’s huge light).   I did not use the Bernina Stitch Regulator that came with the machine.  I tried it only once and never used it again.  I learned without the stitch regulator and found it threw off my natural timing when I tried it later…

FMQ, Sunshine, QuiltDoes anyone else like Bananagrams–We love it around here!

FMQ, Sunshine, QuiltHope you are enjoying a little fun and games in the Sweet Sunshine wherever you are today!

Lori

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Sweet Sunshine–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Sunshine Free motion QuiltingIf you’re like me, you’re in need of a little Vitamin D…It’s too cold to go outside these days…So we will have to drink a glass of milk and make our own sunshine-Sweet Sunshine!

Sunshine Free motion Quilting

THE SWEET SUNSHINE TUTORIAL

Begin with happy confidence that you can FMQ (i.e. a sunny disposition)–If you need help getting started,   see Seven Steps to Free Motion Quilting).   Then draw a square–any size.  If your quilt block is large–draw a large square, if your quilt block is small–go with that.  For the purposes of this tutorial, I drew a 4-1/2 inch square.

Stitch a spiral in the center of the square–I just “eyeball” the center.   Next begin stitching “rays” out toward the edge of the square.  Do not stitch TO the lines of the square--we need a little space later.

Sunshine Free motion Quilting

Continue stitching rays around the center spiral.  It does not matter how many rays–or if they are even.   After the last ray,  begin stitching curved lines back and forth, working up and away from the center of the sun.

Sunshine Free motion Quilting

Near the top of the ray, stop and echo stitch around the point of the ray and into the center of the sun.

Sunshine Free motion Quilting

Begin stitching the curved lines again, back and forth until you are near the point of the second ray.  Again, echo stitch the point and into the center and begin again…

Sunshine Free motion Quilting

Continue rotating around the sun like a planet until you come to the first ray.  Echo back into the center of the sun, meet up with your first set of curved lines and tie off.  Voila!  Instant sunshine!

Sunshine Free motion Quilting

NOTE–This tutorial was stitched on Kona fabric with Aurifil 50wt cotton thread in the bobbin (because that’s what my Bernina 820-domestic sewing machine prefers) and Robison Anton Rayon on top with a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle–without a BSR.

Sunshine Free motion Quilting

That’s my version of a “Sundance”–doing all I can to nudge Mother Nature into Spring!

Perhaps a little vase quilt and a few tulips from the market would help as well!

What about you?  What are you doing to add a little sunshine to your day and get through the final days of this very long winter?  I’d love to hear…

Signed,

Little Miss Sunshine,

Lori

(I can just hear my family HOWLING!)

PS…All tutorials, photos and information are the property of Lori Kennedy @ The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  People with sunny dispositions are asked to re-blog and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks a million–93,000,000 in fact!

The Quilt Notebook–Jumpstarting your WIPs

Quilt Notebook, Aurifil Thread

THE BIG THREE

In our last episode of The Quilt Notebook we talked about choosing three quilts to move from the UFO list to the Works in Progress list.  For short, we will call the priority projects THE BIG THREE.  The Big Three should include:

  1. Your Best Work
  2. A quilt you can finish in the shortest amount of time
  3. A deadline quilt/group project or a “Free Choice” quilt

Seventy-five percent of your quilting time should be spent on The Big Three-leaving a little bit of time to try new techniques–(especially practicing FMQ!)

Quilt Notebook, Aurifil Thread

JUMPSTARTS

In order to jumpstart these projects, try a few of these ideas:

  • Purchase three boxes (Office supply boxes are roomy and stack well)  or three decorative baskets.
  • Place everything you need (except general sewing supplies) into these boxes.  No more wasted time looking for fabric, directions, etc.
  • Hang the quilts, blocks or pattern on a design wall or drape over a chair–make the quilts very visible in your sewing room.
  • Take a picture of each of the quilts and place in your quilt notebook and another copy in your daily calendar.  If you have a smart phone, add a picture of each of the quilts and use one as your phone background.  Again, keep these three quilts foremost in your mind.
  • In your quilt notebook, make a list of everything you need to purchase or find to complete the quilt.
  • In your quilt notebook, make a list of the NEXT THREE THINGS you need to do on each of the quilts.  Don’t get bogged down in writing everything you need to do–that’s just a form of procrastinating–trust me, I know about procrastinating!
  • In your quilt notebook, make a list of three things you can do while watching TV or in between stirring the spaghetti.
  • Create a small box or portable sewing kit that contains one of the TV projects.  WARNING-leave it IN your box until you need it!

Quilt Notebook, Aurifil Thread

THE MOST IMPORTANT JUMPSTART 

Finally, and most importantly:  DO SOMETHING on the quilt:  iron, cut or stitch.  Planning is good, but it doesn’t move the project forward.

Quilt Notebook, Aurifil Thread

“FOCUS LIKE A LASER BEAM”  –TK

I find that having three (and only three) quilts on which to focus, provides enough flexibility to accommodate my moods and need for variety.  At the same time, I am able to see progress on projects without going off in too many directions.

We haven’t forgotten about the long list of UFOs, we’ve just added a bit of focus to our work.  We’ll be going back to the UFOs shortly to determine if they are “keepers” or not.

Until next time in our Quilt Notebook Series… (next Monday?–I’m more organized at quilting this week, which may mean I am less organized at blogging—but I’ll try my best!)

Happy, Organized quilting,

Lori

PS…All photos, tutorials and information are the property of the very focused (!?) Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  You are welcome to re-blog and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.