Will Pose for Treats

Pupperoni, Australian Shepherds

Photo courtesy of Olivia Kennedy

Again, I would like to welcome all the new followers of The Inbox Jaunt.  We have been joined by many new followers from Brazil–we are excited to have you here.  We also found out that Bernina USA posted The Anchor Quilt on their Facebook page. Welcome to all of you who found us through Bernina…We will be discussing Bernina and sewing machine adjustments for perfect tension in the days and weeks ahead… If you haven’t read it, you might like to review Seven Steps to Free Motion Quilting HERE  and My Secret Weapon HERE.  Around Christmas, I posted many of my favorite sewing notions in: Ten Stocking Stuffers for Quilters HERE.

Today, I plan to go for a long walk and work on some obedience training with my two Australian shepherds, Ruby and Roxie.  They will do ANYTHING for a Pupperoni!  They will do almost anything for any treat--sounds a bit like my teenage son–Hmmm…

It is a gorgeous day here in Minnesota, so I am ditching my computer and my sewing machine…

Wishing you all a lovely day,

Lori

Quiltful Lettering

Quilted Lettering, Free Motion Quilting

Welcome!  Welcome! Welcome!  We have many new followers today and we are so glad you have joined us!  It seems you have found The Inbox Jaunt through Facebook and Tumblr–though it’s not clear where on Facebook our link was posted?   In any case, we’re glad you are here.  Please let  me know if you have any questions along the way…

Today is brought to you by the letter “L”…

I found this video by Joanne Sharpe recently.  Artful Lettering:  Tools and Techniques for Discovering Your Style

Quilted Lettering, Free Motion Quilting

Of course, my style involves stitching…free motion quilting on my Bernina…(820 or 150)

Quilted Lettering, Free Motion Quilting

The gist of the video is teaching you to use Your Style and Your Handwriting to develop a few fonts.  It barely mentions calligraphy words like “ascender” and “descender”.

Quilted Lettering, Free Motion Quilting

I spent a few hours playing with letters…Now I have a million more ideas swirling in my head…

So many ideas…sew little time!

Quiltfully yours,

Lori

Tuesday Tutorial–The Picot-Edged Ribbon

Picot-Edged Ribbon

Good morning Quilters!  I hope you had time to quilt over the long holiday weekend.  Remember, even if you can’t get to your sewing machine, practice the patterns and motifs on paper!  It is very important to doodle the designs on paper before you get to your sewing machine.  Knowing the pattern helps keep your stitches even–no hesitations!

Today we are stitching the Picot Edge.  We will leave a space between the right and left picot edges for you to fill in your favorite motif and make a ribbon.

This pattern is stitched in one pass for each side of the ribbon.  As usual, we will begin by drawing “rails”–just to keep our stitching straight.  The lines are 1/2 inch apart for the picot edging, with 1 inch in the middle for our ribbon.

We will stitch this pattern starting at the bottom and moving up…

Begin on the left line and stitch a curve…like the right side of a heart…

Picot-Edged Ribbon

Stitch a complete circle and stop at your curved line…

Picot-Edged Ribbon

Reverse direction and stitch back to the starting point…

Picot-Edged Ribbon

When you have stitched back to the starting point, stitch up the drawn “rail” and past your first motif.

Picot-Edged Ribbon

From this point, stitch the next motif…

Picot-Edged Ribbon

The left side is completed the same way–in mirror image…

Start at the bottom again and work up the line…

Picot-Edged Ribbon

Picot-Edged Ribbon

When you have stitched both sides with  the one inch space in between, it will look like this:

Picot-Edged Ribbon

Now fill in the space with your choice of patterns (see the Quilts/Tutorials Tab above)…

Picot-Edged Ribbon

Picot-Edged Ribbon

You could also use one side of this pattern around the border of a quilt.  Try filling in the space with your handwriting or a message to personalize your quilt.  (Read more about that HERE.)

Picot-Edged Ribbon

Later this month, we will make a sweet flower border with a variation of this pattern.  Next week we will be working on Mansions—they take a long time to build, but we will embellish our starter house (see tutorial HERE) with a few windows and doors…

Please Pin and Re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  All photos and tutorials are for private use only.  For any commercial use, please contact me.

Happy Quilting and Happy Doodling!

Lori