Stencil Winners!

Long winter shadows on free motion quilted stencil

Thank you to all of you who entered our latest giveaway sponsored by The Inbox Jaunt and The Stencil Company.  In order to qualify, you had to tell us how many UFOs you currently own.  I’ve tallied the number and including my own –(I have 26 UFOs)–followers of The Inbox Jaunt have 172,459 UFOs!

(Just kidding, I lost track after 1000.)  It is safe to say…we have accumulated a lot of unfinished projects…But, not to worry.  We are spending Mondays at The Inbox Jaunt getting our quilting lives in order.  By the time our Twelve Step Program  Quilt Notebooks are complete, we’ll have our quilt priorities in order and we will have all the skills necessary to complete each of the projects.  Furthermore, we will make informed decisions before we buy, accept as a gift, or start cutting any more projects that we have to add to our list.  Then…if we live long enough…we will complete all the UFOs we currently own!   How’s that for ambitious!   It’s still January…all goals seem possible in January…

And now for the winners!

  1. Kearstie Grenier, Lake County, IL
  2. Pam Dunlap
  3. Helen, Olympia Washington
  4. Bea, Utah
  5. Bonnie, Lake of the Ozarks

Congratulations to the winners!  Please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com and we can arrange delivery!

For those of you who did not win a stencil–more giveaways to come from King Arthur Flour, Sulky, and yours truly!

May all your stitches be “sick”,

Lori

NOTE:   The green quilt above is one of my favorite quilts.  I use it at Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day and any time I need some color around the house.  I used a stencil for the basic outline and then I heavily embellished it with fillers, feathers and border. You can read more about the quilt above HERE.

PS…All photos, tutorials and images are property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use.    Please pin and re-blog–with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For any other use,or if you would like to be a sponsor of The Inbox Jaunt  or  would like me to review your product or pattern, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com!

 

Feels Like Spring!

 

Free Motion Quilting, Square Flower

It’s a heat wave!  Well…at least it is warmer…and “plenty of sun”…makes us feel like going outside again.   I know some of you are still facing terrible weather…we are thinking of you!

Plenty of Sun!I stitched this little vase quilt so you could see The Square Flower from yesterday’s tutorial in action.

Free Motion Quilting, Square Flower

I wanted a slightly more casual effect for this quilt, so rather than using rayon on the top, I used Aurifil 28 wt cotton  on top and Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin.   I prefer a the slightly heavier weight Aurifil whenever I use cotton for free motion quilting.  It provides a fuller look.   I stitched with a size 90 Schmetz Topstitch needle on my Bernina 820–no space for a long arm here!

Free Motion Quilting, Square Flower

For more inspiration, please check our Flickr site HERE.  I really want to thank those of you have shared your quilts and photos!    I love to see the tutorials in action!  (You can also quickly access Flickr from my sidebar–click on the blue box that says Flickr.)

Free Motion Quilting, Square FlowerHope you are enjoying a bit of finer weather!

Lori

PS…All photos, tutorials and images are property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use.    Please pin and re-blog–with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For any other use,or if you would like to be a sponsor of The Inbox Jaunt  or  would like me to review your product or pattern, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com!

 

 

The Square Flower-A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

No School again today!

No School again today!

With weather like this, we need to bring a little greenery into the house.  Today, I bring you flowers…not just your average posie, but The Square Flower-designed to fill all those squares we love to quilt.  This sunny little flower can fill any square – large or small- quickly and easily.

The Square Flower Tutorial

Begin by drawing a square-any size square will work.  If you have a 4 inch ruler-use that.  If you have a block with six inch squares-perfect!  If you’re square quilt has 12 inch blocks-that will work just great.  This adaptable little flower will bloom wherever it is planted!  

For the tutorial below, I drew a four-inch square.  Mark the middle--just eyeball it.  No need for precision today…

Begin the flower by stitching a spiral center.  From the spiral, stitch out to the edge of the square to create the petal and curve back to the center. Leave a little space between the petal and the spiral–we are going to fill that in later.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Flower

Curve back toward the edge of the square to create another petal.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Flower

When you reach a corner, you can make the petal turn the corner–as in the top right petal below, or the petal can just reach into the corner–like the bottom right petal in the image below.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Flower

Continue clockwise around the center spiral until you create this little beauty.  The  Square Flower below is lovely.    You can stop right here if you like…

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Flower

However, if you would like more detail…you may need more detail if your flower is very large… add a double line to each of the petals.  To do this, stitch counter clockwise around the spiral.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Flower

Stitch a line into the petal-curved or straight, and back out of the petal, all the way around the flower.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Flower

Perfect!  If you still need a little more stitching, echo around the outer edge of the flower-(see first photo above)

The tutorial above was quilted with Aurfil in the bobbin, Robison-Anton Rayon on top, using a Schmetz 80 Topstitch needle-on my Bernina 150-domestic sewing machine.  (You don’t NEED a long-arm–Make it work!)

Tomorrow, I will share photos of a small, sunny little vase quilt I am stitching to bring a little summer back.  (You’ve heard of Christmas in July–let’s start our own Flowers in January movement!)

Thursday-Stencil winners announced!

Next week–Variations on The Square Flower…I know you’re going to have fun!

If you still need more color in your day…check out Faye’s Tumblr blog…Color Route Co.–it is particularly colorful this week!   (Faye is one of my five daughters.)

Happy Gardening,

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, contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you.