Beautiful Art with a Message?

Morisot.webHappy Birthday, Berthe Morisot!

This painting, “The Artist’s Daughter” by Berthe Morisot is one of my favorite pieces in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts–for obvious reasons! I like to think they are quilting!   Mrs. Morisot was one of the few female Impressionists.  This portrait is of the artist’s daughter, Julie.

At first glance, I assumed that the painting depicted a mother teaching her daughter to stitch.  After reading more about the painting, HERE we find that Julie is with her Nanny.    Seems sad to me that the artist is only an observer in her daughter’s life…What do you think?

For more information about the MIA’s collection, see HERE.

Hope you have family time today!

Lori

Flower Fantasia

Applique, Hand Quilting, FlowersHere’s a bright-colored little a gem I found while I was cleaning the other day.  A long forgotten project inspired by the work of Susan Shie.  See more images here.

Hand applique, Hand Quilting, FlowersThis is raw edge applique heavily embroidered with embroidery floss.

Hand applique, Hand Quilting, FlowersI have many hours stitched into this quilt, but I think I dropped it because it was just too much…

Hand applique, Hand Quilting, FlowersWith winter blanketing us with white, gray and more white, somehow this quilt seems just the perfect antidote–not too much at all!

Hand applique, Hand Quilting, Flowers

Hand applique, Hand Quilting, Flowers

That’s pretty typical for me.  I start a project, lose interest for a while and pick it back up much later.  What about YOU?  Do you work on a project from beginning to end or do you let it “incubate” for a while?

Love to hear!

Lori

 

Nikki’s Jigsaw Puzzle-A FMQ Tutorial

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!  Today I have an extremely fast and fun Free Motion Quilting (or Long Arm Quilting) tutorial for you–Nikki’s Puzzle.  As you might recall, last month I spent some time assisting  Mrs. Schellinger’s Creative Quilting Class at Forest Lake, MN High School.  The girls were indeed very creative–Read more HERE.  One of the students used her new free motion skills to stitch a jigsaw pattern.  I adapted her idea to create this continuous line free motion quilting pattern.  Thanks, Nikki!

Some patterns look easy and are challenging to quilt–like Circles (see tutorial HERE).   Other patterns, like Nikki’s Jigsaw Puzzle, look complicated, but are simple to stitch.  This is a Beginner Free Motion Quilt pattern.  It would look fabulous on any child’s quilt and I think it would look very contemporary on any Modern Quilt.

Nikki’s Jigsaw Puzzle Tutorial

This pattern requires a little quilt marking.  Begin by drawing a grid.  In the samples below, I used one inch spacing between my grid lines.  I used Stencil SCL-457-10 from The Stencil Company.  (Available HERE)  (Note–The Stencil Company is generously offering a giveaway on The Inbox Jaunt–details next week!)

If you don’t have a stencil, simply use your ruler to mark several lines equidistant apart.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Turn the stencil, and draw another set of lines perpendicular to the first set of lines.

You now have a grid to follow.  We will be stitching directly ON the grid lines.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Begin stitching in one corner.  Stitch along the grid line.  In the middle of each square, stitch a petal shape.  Stitch a few “up” petals and a few “down” petals.  Do this randomly.  It is preferable to avoid a regular pattern of “up and down” petals.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Continue stitching the entire row.  Then begin the next row.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch all of the parallel rows first.  Then begin the perpendicular columns.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

When you get to the end of each row or column, you have a choice:  either knot off at the beginning and end or trace directly over your previous stitching to reach the next column.  Either way looks nice.  Decide which you prefer–lots of knots or double stitching lines.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

In the sample below, you can see that some of the edge pieces are a bit darker from double stitching.  If you don’t mind this look, it is much faster than knotting.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Give this a quick whirl today… I don’t think you need to doodle this one!  Just go right to your machine! Please let Nikki and me know what you think!

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting TutorialNote:  The above samples were stitched with Aurifil 28/2 (gray spool) in both the bobbin and on top-using a Schmetz Topstitch 80 needle on my Bernina 820.

I would love to see what you create with this pattern!   Please post your photos to Flickr (See sidebar link.)

Pleasantly Puzzled,

Lori

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