The Sailboat-Free Motion Quilt Project

Sailboat Free Motion Quilt ProjectDid you have time to try The Wave free motion quilt tutorial?

It’s a great summer pattern–and goes perfectly with The Sailboat free motion quilt tutorial.

Sailboat Free Motion Quilt Project

Add a few Spirals-free motion quilt tutorial

Sailboat Free Motion Quilt ProjectAnd a good measure of sunshine…for a perfect little quilt–ready to be bound or framed.

Sailboat Free Motion Quilt ProjectThis is the perfect backing…

Sailboat Free Motion Quilt ProjectTHE BENEFITS OF SMALL QUILTS

A little project like this is a great way to practice the tutorials…

  • Your work will be improved when you are trying to create a “finished project” rather than a “practice piece”.
  • By working on a small project, one learns the motifs without the heavy work of maneuvering a quilt–once you’ve mastered the pattern, THEN it is easier to stitch on a full-sized quilt.
  • You learn composition and design from small projects.
  • There’s a sense of accomplishment from finishing a small piece without creating any new UFOs–“unfinished objects”

Sailboat Free Motion Quilt Project

 

SUMMER QUILTING

For more nautical-themed ideas:  try converting The Sailboat free motion quilt motif into an allover free motion motif 

For an applique project :  Float My Boat

A popular post : Anchor’s Aweigh!–another small quilt…

A CHALLENGE

Your challenge today:  Create a small quilt using two or more of the free motion quilt tutorials, then post to The Inbox Jaunt Flickr group or take a picture with your iPhone and add it to Instagram #theinboxjaunt.

Or add your photo and link here:

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Can’t wait to see!

Lori

PS…The Sailboat was stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona cotton, Warm and Natural batting with Sulky Rayon on top and Aurifil in the bobbin on a Bernina 820-domestic sewing machine without a stitch regulator.

PPS…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, share, tweet, instagram, pin…with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-The Wave

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THE TUESDAY TUTORIAL SERIES

Surf’s Up!  It’s time to ride The Wave.  Today’s free motion quilt tutorial has us swirling and twirling on the high seas…

The Wave is the mirror image twin of The Wind–a free motion quilt tutorial we worked on last year…

Though the patterns are similar, learning to free motion quilt the two patterns requires separate practice–

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THE WAVE — FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing three lines or “rails”  equidistant apart–  In the sample below, the  drawn lines are 1/2 inch apart.  (More on marking tools on Thursday…)

Begin stitching near the bottom “rail”.  Stitch a long tail sweeping up – above the middle line and curve around TO the middle line.  Stop here.

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Next, echo stitch the first line, ending just above the first stitches.  Stop here, then begin echo-stitching back around the curve…

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-The Wave005Stitch right to the top line and then around to the center of the swirl.  Stitch very close, but not right into the previous stitches.

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Swirl down to the bottom “rail” and begin the next Wave.

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For each additional Wave--tuck the “tail” of the Wave into the previous wave–without touching the curved line…see photo below.

This prevents a built up of stitches…

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 THE KEY to this motif is to avoid overlapping stitches–Overlapping stitches look messy–See below:

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-The Wave

Messy–overlapped stitches

Note how the “tucked” in tails look better–no overlapped stitches.

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Looks better–no overlapped stitches

SURF’S UP

Now it’s YOUR turn…  Practice doodling this free motion quilt pattern until you are comfortable with it on paper–

Then-Ride The Wave–it’s fun!

If you are working on an Independence Day project…you might like the Swirling Stars free motion quilt pattern–one of my favorites!

Tomorrow:  A quick peek at a small project featuring The Wave.

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on Kona cotton fabric with Sulky Rayon on top and Aurifil Cotton 50 wt in the bobbin on a Bernina 820 without a BSR using a #90 Topstitch needle and Warm and Natural cotton batting.

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 re-blog, share, tweet, pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me a lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you!

 

 

Giveaway Winners and Other Goodies

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CELEBRATING ONE MILLION VIEWS!

Thank you to all who entered The American Quilter Magazine Giveaway!

With followers all over the world…more than 125 countries…The Inbox Jaunt is celebrating more than 1,000,000 views!

Thank you for telling all your friends about us!   So glad to have you all meet here to share our common interests…

After hearing about YOUR lovely hometowns, I have a severe case of wanderlust!

The winners of The American Quilter Magazine are:

  • Sandra from Singapore-“No winter here, just sunshine!”  (I’m more than a little jealous…)
  • Kamila from Poland-“Quilting is just beginning here.”
  • Wendy from Tasmania, Australia–“The oldest town in Australia.”
  • Paula-Valdez, Alaska-“Incredible mountain and ocean views.”

I’m trying to think of a way to hand-deliver the magazines!  LOL!

Congratulations to the Winners–please send your address to my e-mail:  lckennedy@hotmail.com.

If you didn’t win this month…we will have another giveaway soon…Or subscribe to American Quilter Magazine…Or pick it up at news stands right now!

OTHER GOODIES

And as long as we’re playing hooky from our Monday chores and paperwork:

Take a jaunt over to Culinary Canvas-for a feast for your eyes–very creative.  (The turtle is my favorite–like Tommy the Turtle free motion quilting.)

If you need a laugh–especially yoga fans—from Buzzfeed…and my daughter, Olivia…

And soak up the color from Faye’s blog, Color Route Co

MORE QUILTING THIS WEEK

Then back to work…so you’ll have time to return

Tuesday is Free Motion Quilting tutorial day…

and a fun project on Wednesday…

and marking pens on Thursday…

Friday isn’t stitched up yet…

Also, next week “Working in Series…”

Can’t wait!

Lori

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

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