Work In Progress-Polka Dots and Aprons

Apron, Sewing

This Wednesday’s Work In Progress is a skirt apron–for all the cooking and baking I’m going to be doing…??? (It is sooo hot in Minnesota right now that no one even cares about eating! )  Maybe I will wear this cute little apron while I am stirring the lemonade!

I found this free pattern at my local quilt shop a few weeks ago.  Once I saw the polka dot fabric, I knew it was coming home with me!  Who doesn’t love polka dots–especially on red!

Apron, Sewing

 

I could not obtain the pattern for you, but if you Google “free apron patterns” there are many options available online.

Apron, Sewing

 

Apron, Sewing

 

TIP:  If your pattern calls for interfacing the waistband, replace the interfacing with lightweight batting and free motion quilt it in place.

Apron, Sewing

 

The result is a much more comfortable waistband–and more importantly, you get to practice one of your favorite free motion quilting motifs!  WIN! WIN!

(NOTE–You don’t need to have a backing fabric when you free motion quilt.)

Apron, Sewing

 

Apron, Sewing

This is the closest I get to garment sewing these days–and I thoroughly enjoyed the process.  I think I will look for a few more apron patterns…I need a full apron next time–I’m known to splash the flour around a bit when I bake!

Apron, Sewing

What are YOU working on this week?

In Stitches,

Lori

Tuesday Tutorial-The Double Loop Vine

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Welcome Quilters!  Today is Tuesday, and hopefully your Monday chores are complete:  paperwork filed, laundry tucked neatly in drawers and the garden watered.  Well, even if it’s not all done…let’s sneak away and do a little stitching in our sewing rooms…Today’s tutorial is the Double Loop Vine (I’m open to renaming this one if anyone has any suggestions???)  There are two variations to this pattern to test drive today.  The Double Loop Vine is pictured in the image above and Variation 2 is in the photo below.Free motion quilting

This pattern is a little different than the motifs we have stitched so far.  In this pattern, we will introduce a “wavy” rail.  (Note:  A “rail” is a drawn line used as a guideline and is erased after the stitching is complete.)  For this pattern, draw two straight line “rails” to serve as top and bottom guidelines- two inches apart.  In between, draw a third, slightly curvy “rail”.   Simply, free -hand draw this line.  The curvy “rail” should be a gentle wave.   If you like, draw another wavy rail a scant 1/4 inch away from the first line.  I usually draw the first wavy rail and just “eyeball” the second line as I stitch it.   Do whatever is easier for you.

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

We will be stitching the first vine directly on the wavy rail.  The second vine will be just off the first vine.

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Begin stitching on the wavy rail a short distance, then stitch a small loop.  Try to keep the loops perpendicular to the top and bottom rails.  

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Next, stitch a second loop around the first loop and stop.  Stitch along the wavy rail.

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

You are ready to begin your second “leaf”.   Try to keep the double loops or leaves the same size for The Double Loop Vine.  This will create a little space within the top and bottom rail lines.  Also, try to keep the spacing between each set of loops on the vine consistent.

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

 

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Once you have completed the first row of the vine, begin the second row.  For best results, try to keep the spacing between the two lines as even as possible. (Drawing the second wavy “rail” might be very helpful–see above.)

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

In Variation 2--the entire space between the top and bottom rails is filled by the vine.  As the vine dips, the loops get larger.  Each loop touches the top or bottom rail.

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Both patterns have their own character.  Cousins you might say…

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

I stitched these motifs on my domestic sewing machine… a Bernina 820, but they would work quite well on a long arm sewing machine.

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Later in the week, I will be posting readers’ questions for everyone to help solve…Tomorrow is Work in Progress Wednesday...can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on…and to hear about YOUR current projects!

Stitch Away!

Lori

Iphoneography-Printing Photos

Print Studio, Iphoneography

I have been having a lot of fun with my Iphone camera and all the apps available for smartphones.  I will be sharing more of my Iphone images both here and on Instagram.  (You can follow The Inbox Jaunt on Instagram now–see the sidebar and click the first image or search The Inbox Jaunt through your Instagram app.)

Recently, someone recommended Print Studio for ordering photos directly from your smart phone camera roll.

Print Studio, Iphoneography

The process was very simple.  I was able to chose the photos from my camera roll with a tap of the finger, and within minutes my first order was placed.

Print Studio offers four sizes.  I chose their Mini-Prints (2-1/8 by 3-3/8 inches) –about the size of my Iphone screen.  I printed both square and rectangular photos on the Mini Print size, and I particularly love the borders left on the square prints.  I think they will be great for adding captions and notes.

 

Print Studio, Iphoneography

 

The images are printed on heavy archival quality paper with a smooth matte finish.  I’m a huge fan already and I can’t wait to order more!

Print Studio, Iphoneography

 

I have been sampling a lot of Iphone apps lately and will be sharing my favorites with you. I have found several photography, art, organizational and other apps I love (and quite a few that I didn’t like at all.)  What are your favorite apps?  Let’s get a list going…are there any quilting apps?  I haven’t searched that yet.

Print Studio, Iphoneography

 

In other news, I have had several questions about free motion quilting that I would like to highlight later in the week for everyone to help solve.  If you have any questions that you would like everyone to discuss, please leave a comment.  I read all comments and try to answer directly.  Lately, I have been doing battle with my blogging software…please be patient and if I haven’t answered your question, please write again…

Lori