Do You Have a Sewing Ritual? Open Line Friday

Free Motion Quilting, TeaI’m fascinated by the “creative process” and recently read this article by Walt Kania at The Freelancery about creative rituals.  It’s a humorous account of his work process as a writer.

Free Motion Quilting, TeaI guess I have a ritual, too.  I usually make myself a cup of coffee or tea (which I don’t end up drinking), throw in a load of laundry, (my sewing room is right next to the laundry room), flip on my sewing machine, the iron, and the TV (which I never watch), and clear off my sewing table.  By then I usually know what I want to do… If I’m working on a  new FMQ pattern, I usually start with a few spirals and then I’m off…

My ritual is not intentional, yet it is consistent.  I would echo Mr. Kania…you have to just “clamber up the ladder and start moving the brush over the wood”…Nothing happens until then.  Or as my mother would say, “When you don’t know where to start, just begin.”

If you need a little technical advice, try Seven Steps to Free Motion Quilting–for the machine set-up…and then just clamber up the ladder and begin free motion quilting.  YOU can do this…just begin!

Free Motion Quilting, TeaWhat about YOU?  Do you have a creative ritual?

I’d love to hear…


A Free Motion Quilting Challenge

Free Motion Quilting, flowers, PuzzlesToday I have a little free motion design challenge for you:   Try morphing any two patterns from the Tuesday Tutorials.   I’ve morphed Nikki’s Puzzle with Flower Power.

This is a great design technique when you are quilting and want to transition from one pattern to another.  Instead of a sharp line between the two patterns, morph from one to the other.

For today’s challenge, try morphing any two designs, then link up below.  This can be stitched or just sketched in your notebook.  We’d love to see your new design!

This is my first time using InLinkz-so I have my own challenge…you can link to your blog or to Flickr…not sure about Facebook–anybody know??

Can’t wait to see!


PS…All photos, tutorials and information are the property of Lori Kennedy @ The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me at

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You’ve Got to Try This!

Free Motion Couching FlowersAfter writing a post on embellishing wool leaves with the couching foot that came with my Bernina (read HERE)  a follower told me about Bernina’s #43 Couching Foot.  It allows free motion stitching while couching!  

Couching is an embroidery technique in which a heavier thread is laid on top of the fabric and stitched over with another thread to secure in place.

The couching foot that came with my Bernina only allowed straight stitch couching so the design options were limited.  The #43 foot allows  much more design flexibility.

Free Motion Couching FlowersI experimented with several different yarns and cords–more on that in a future post.  Some yarns shredded like– the finger weight yarn below, and some worked pretty well.  My favorite was a nylon twine I found in my basement–probably purchased from the hardware store.

Free Motion Couching Flowers

To use the #43 foot, thread the sewing machine for normal stitching.

Free Motion Couching Flowers

Next, thread the cord or yarn into the side of the foot and down into the bottom of the foot.  After the foot is threaded, attach it to the machine and start stitching (with a straight stitch).   Here’s a  short Bernina video of the process.

Free Motion Couching Flowers

I love this technique, but do have a few more issues to work out–like how to tie the ends of the cord and more experimenting with threads.

Free Motion Couching FlowersI am so excited to think of all the new ways the free motion motifs can be adapted to couching!    Wouldn’t this be great for a pillow, or a table runner, or….

I need to go lay down on the couch and think about it!


PS…All photos, tutorials and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt.  Feel free to re-blog and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me (I’ll be on my couch today) at