Stocking Stuffers for Quilters

Free Motion Quilted Ornament

It’s that time again.  Time for the annual Stocking Stuffers for Quilters!

I still recommend everything from last year’s list HERE, but this year I’m adding a few new favorites I’ve found a long the way.  Many of this year’s notions are recommendations from YOU and were found in the comments of the popular Open Line Friday posts.

Stocking Stuffers for Quilters

Ten Stocking Stuffers for Quilters 2013:

1.  The  Pilot Frixion pen for marking:  it comes off with a blast of steam.

2.  Clover chalk wheels.  Great for straight line marking and with the stencils below:

3.  My two favorite stencils from the Stencil Company: The 10 x 10 grid and the 10 x 20 grid

Stocking Stuffers for Quilters

4.  Bernina Tweezers-after my surgery to remove a sewing machine needle from my index finger (read here), I now use these tweezers to reach under the needle to grab the threads.  Good tweezers really come in handy and they double as a stiletto.

5.  Glasses-Also part of my safety reform,(read HERE) but I admit I NEED them more and more.  I love Eyebobs–Great colors and very stylish.    I like the slightly heavier weight and the feel of these glasses.

6.  A good book–anything by Marie Bostwick–the NY Times best-selling author of fiction and quilt fiction novels.  You can find here on Facebook HERE.

Stocking Stuffers for Quilters

7.  Best Press-We had a lively discussion about sizing, starch and home-made pressing aids on Open Line Friday HERE.  I’ve added Best Press here, because I really like this product and would love to get it as a gift- it is a splurge item.

8.  Grip Strips–I hate when my ruler slips while rotary cutting and a friend from my quilt retreat shared these with me–they work great!

9.  The #43 free motion cording foot from Bernina.  This was recommended by a reader, (thanks, Diane!) and I have only had an hour to play with it–but I love it already.  I am looking forward to using it more in 2014! ( I love to have a new project for the New Year, don’t you?)

10.  Clover Scissors-I love these serrated scissors from Clover.  They grip while you cut, so they are great for cutting around appliqué.  I find I reach for them more and more.

11.  Thread–I would love to get thread in my stocking… I love Aurifil and Sulky threads.  For 2014, I plan to experiment with more specialty threads-especially silk.  I have not used silk a lot, but my friend, Rhonda recommends it highly.  I used it recently and loved it!  Another splurge item–makes a great gift.  For threads, try Red Rock Threads and Superior Threads.

12. ??? Open Line Friday….YOU choose.  Tomorrow…I want to hear what you’d like in YOUR stocking…

Stocking Stuffers for Quilters

NOTE-These are my favorites from 2013 and I have not received anything from any of these companies for my endorsement.  (Good news… several of these companies have agreed to offer Giveaways -to YOU, dear reader!)

Also, remember to support your local quilt shop, like Bear Patch Quilting, whenever possible!

See you tomorrow for Open Line Friday–Your recommendations for Stocking Stuffers and a Giveaway!

Lori

PS…Next week WE will be working on ornaments like the green one above, and Because You Asked…we will be working on the little partridge, too!

 

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-The Pine Bough

Free Motion Quilt, Tutorial, Pine Bough

Today is Tuesday and at The Inbox Jaunt that can only mean one thing–it’s free motion Tutorial Time!

I hope you have had a jolly time stitching The Holly Leaf and The Candy Stripe free motion quilt motifs.  The Pine Bough is a great addition to Christmas quilts as well.  The Pine Bough free motion quilt pattern can be stitched in a row, or in a group with a few berries…and it looks great paired with The Holly Leaf.

Free Motion Quilt, Tutorial, Pine Bough

Begin by drawing three”rails” equidistant apart.  In the sample below, the rails are 1/2 inch apart.

Begin stitching on the center rail.  Stitch a straight line at approximately a 45 degree angle to the left rail.  Stop and stitch back to the center rail.

Free Motion Quilt, Tutorial, Pine Bough

Repeat and stop at the center rail.  You now have two “needles” on the pine bough.

Free Motion Quilt, Tutorial, Pine Bough

From the center rail, stitch at a 45 degree angle to the right rail.  Stop here.

Free Motion Quilt, Tutorial, Pine Bough

Stitch back to the center rail and repeat to create another “needle”.

Free Motion Quilt, Tutorial, Pine Bough

Continue to the left with two more needles.

Free Motion Quilt, Tutorial, Pine Bough

As you stitch toward the top of the bough, make the needles a little shorter (don’t stitch all the way to the right and left rails).  This gives the bough a nice shape.

At the top of the pine bough, stitch one center needle–straight up and down on the center rail.  From here, you may begin the next pine bough by stitching right and left again, (see photo above)…Or close the bough by stitching to the tip of the needle below (see photo below)

Free Motion Quilt, Tutorial, Pine Bough

Or stitch through the center of the bough to begin a new leaf at the base.  Add a few berries, The Holly Leaf and a ribbon twist….

Free Motion Quilt, Tutorial, Pine Bough

Wouldn’t this look lovely on the corner of a napkin?  or in the corner of any Christmas quilt? Hmm… If I get the house decorations all up today… I could embellish a few…  22 days…

***FYI–This tutorial was quilted on my Bernina 820 (without a BSR).  I used Sulky 40 wt on top and Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin.

Later this week…Stocking Stuffers for Quilters, Works in Progress, and I have several fabulous GIVEAWAYS for December!

Stay tuned…

Lori

PS…All photos and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are for personal use only.  Any commercial use requires permission of the author…

PPS…Yes, I AM working on THE BOOK...writing every day and investigating publishers….