Stencil Giveaway!

Stencil GiveawayAs you know, I use stencils frequently in my quilts.  I used a child’s stencil for the Snow Crystal Quilt HERE and I used a stencil to stitch my Shamrock quilt last March.  See the Shamrocks HERE.  (The Shamrock Quilt is actually the Geranium Stencil #SCL-513.16.5)

Whenever I use a stencil, I “lori-ize” it by adding a lot of extra quilting.  See The Red Flower Quilt HERE

Quilt StencilToday, The Stencil Company is offering readers of The Inbox Jaunt five chances (Yes–five chances) to win my two favorite stencils–The Grid Stencils:   SCL-461.00 and SCL -457-10

I use these stencils frequently to mark straight lines and grids.

Quilt Stencil

In order to win one of the five sets…(and to keep you moving on your Quilt Notebooks–read more HERE)…tell me where you are from and  how many UFOs (quilts only)  you have counted so far…

Quilt Stencil The Giveaway will close on Sunday evening and winners will be announced on Wednesday.  Winners will be chosen at random (no extra credit for high numbers of UFOs! )  NOTE–Due to the high cost of shipping–this is a US-only Giveaway–However, I would LOVE to hear from YOU about your UFOs even if you are not eligible to win…

Quilt Stencil

Good luck and Happy Stitching!

Lori

A Quilt in Progress-The Swirls and Twirls Vase Quilt

Free Motion Quilting, Spirals, Swirls and Twirls Mini Quilt

I hope you had fun with yesterday’s tutorial Swirls and Twirls!  (see the tutorial HERE).  I received a few questions about the tutorial yesterday.

One reader asked about the spacing:  The space between the two rows was one inch.  That is the distance between the top of one row and the bottom of the other.  I staggered the spirals in order that the loops would not touch, but would fill the space between the rows.

Free Motion Quilting, Spirals, Swirls and Twirls Mini Quilt

Another reader asked how to turn a corner… Space the spirals so that one spiral fills in the corner…  Then use the tail of the spiral to move in the perpendicular direction.

Free Motion Quilting, Spirals, Swirls and Twirls Mini QuiltAdd the loops on top and bottom just as you would on a straight line.

Free Motion Quilting, Spirals, Swirls and Twirls Mini QuiltI couldn’t stop swirling yesterday so I made a little quilt-for my teacup or for a vase.

Free Motion Quilting, Spirals, Swirls and Twirls Mini Quilt

If this cold keeps up…I may go through a lot of tea!

Free Motion Quilting, Spirals, Swirls and Twirls Mini Quilt

Free Motion Quilting, Spirals, Swirls and Twirls Mini Quilt

 

Free Motion Quilting, Spirals, Swirls and Twirls Mini Quilt

Free Motion Quilting, Spirals, Swirls and Twirls Mini QuiltWhat are you doing to keep warm?  Unless you are reading from Australia, New Zealand…where I know it’s an effort to cool off.

Hot or cold…hope you have time to stitch a Swirl or two!

Lori

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Free Motion Quilting Tutorial: Swirls and Twirls

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

It’s a chilly morning in Minnesota, but what do I care?  I don’t have to go anywhere this morning and we all know I have plenty of quilts to keep me warm!  I am going to quilt all day (I wish!)

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Today we are stitching a little Free Motion Party.  Swirls and Twirls looks like a “party-on-a-quilt” to me!  This pattern dances across the fabric and would look great on any quilt-formal or casual-waltz or zumba!

The Swirls and Twirls Tutorial

This is a 3-Pass pattern.  That means it will require three rows of stitching to complete the motif.

First, a little marking.  For each row of Swirls and Twirls, draw two lines 1 inch apart or more.  (This motif would be very difficult to stitch any smaller than one inch.)  On the bottom line, draw “ticks” 1-1/2 inches apart.  This will help you keep the spacing between the spirals even.  With practice, you may not need the tick marks.

(NOTE-Don’t forget… Frixion pen markings don’t come out with ironing–you must use steam to remove these lines-Thanks, Marianne for the reminder!)

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Stitch a row of spirals, filling in the one inch rails and  spacing the spirals between the tick marks.  See the Spiral tutorial HERE.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Begin the second pass by echo quilting over the top of the first spiral.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Add a loop -extending above your marked one inch lines.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Add a second loop.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Add a third loop and then begin stitching toward the next spiral.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Your second pass should look like this:

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The third pass is the same as the second, except underneath the spirals.

Echo stitch under the spirals, then add the loops…First one

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Then two and three…

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

This pattern takes a bit of practice, but it is so beautiful when it’s complete…

NOTE-Don’t worry if some of your loops are different shapes and get “squished” a bit.  Just avoid stitching over any other lines or double stitching in any area.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

This tutorial was stitched with Aurifil in the bobbin and Robison-Anton Rayon thread on top using a Schmetz Topstitch size 80 needle on my Bernina 82o.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Tomorrow is Work in Progress Wednesday and I have a little vase quilt with swirls and twirls and spirals and more to share…

Hope you have made some progress on your Quilt Notebooks…How many UFOs have you found?  (Read HERE about this week’s Notebook Assignment)  One reader described her search as an archaeological dig!

Warm wishes and Happy Stitching from Minnesota,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, information and images are property of Lori Kennedy @ The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to Pin and Re-blog.  Please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com for any other use.  Thanks!