Work in Progress-Hand Dyed Apples

Quilted Apples, Art Quilts

Today is Work in Progress Wednesday and I am reviving an old project.  This project was derived from an art book study in value.

 (NOTE--In order to keep a smooth stitched line, do not stop in the middle of this "sweep".  If you need to adjust your quilt, wait until you are at the top of the sweep and before you are ready to change directions.)

They say, “Value does all the work and color gets all the credit.”

 (NOTE--In order to keep a smooth stitched line, do not stop in the middle of this "sweep".  If you need to adjust your quilt, wait until you are at the top of the sweep and before you are ready to change directions.)

 

It was a perfect project for my hand dyed fabrics. The reason I abandoned the project was that I fused the pieces with regular Wonder Under.  Because there are so many layers in some areas, the squares are as stiff as cardboard and resistant to free motion quilting.

 (NOTE--In order to keep a smooth stitched line, do not stop in the middle of this "sweep".  If you need to adjust your quilt, wait until you are at the top of the sweep and before you are ready to change directions.)

 

I still have the pattern I designed, so I’d like to try this again.  Should I fuse it again with a light weight fusible? Should  I appliqué it-by hand or by machine?  What will I do with it once it’s finished?  These are the design decisions that went unanswered before and landed this project in a bin in the basement.  Can I resuscitate it this time?  What would YOU do?

Maybe I’ll just go make a pie…

Lori

Tuesday Tutorial–Twisted Rope

Twisting Rope, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

 

Welcome Quilters!  Did you know that there are nearly 200 countries in the world?  I’m happy to report that quilters from 122 different countries have viewed tutorials from The Inbox Jaunt!  That means that quilting is a world wide pastime!   Of course, I’m not surprised–because I am passionate about quilting…Now how can we get The Inbox Jaunt into the other 75 countries???  Hmm…we’ll have to save that for another day because we have some stitching to do right now!

Today, I have an easy (beginner) pattern for you that is a real work horse.  The Twisted Rope looks great on any quilt.  It is a classic look.  Wouldn’t it look great on a nautical quilt?   When I stitched the variation in the center of this quilt—with the squiggly fill-in lines–I thought it would look great in red on a Christmas quilt–like candy canes. (I will add a tutorial in December of the candy cane variation.)  This pattern can be scaled up or down depending on your quilt.

For this tutorial, draw two lines 1-1/2 inches apart.

Begin stitching on the left rail.  Stitch upward several stitches and then sweep across to the other rail. Stitch ON the rail for approximately 1/2 inch.  Stop here.

Twisted Rope, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

(NOTE--In order to keep a smooth stitched line, do not stop in the middle of this “sweep”.  If you need to adjust your quilt, wait until you are at the top of the sweep and before you are ready to change directions.)

Next, stitch down a few stitches, then sweep back to the left rail again, stitching ON the left rail toward the first sweep line, but do no close the line.  Try to make your second “sweep” parallel to the first one.

Twisted Rope, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Now stitch ON the rail line approximately 1/2 inch and begin your next sweep to the right rail.  Again, try to keep this line of stitching parallel to the first two “sweeps”.

Twisted Rope, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

A nice way to vary this pattern is to change the spacing between the “sweeps”.  In the examples above, the spacing is even.  In the examples below, the sweep from right to left is just a few stitches above the previous line of stitching.

Twisted Rope, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

After completing each column of twisted ropes, stitch a straight line on both the right and left rails to close the gaps and give the rope more definition.

Twisted Rope, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

This pattern looks great paired with a curvy motif.

Twisted Rope, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Easy and fun! (Can’t say that about stippling, now can you?)

Twisted Rope, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

 

Please watch for more changes here at The Inbox Jaunt.  We’ve added Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook–give us a look and a “LIKE”. With all this new functionality…just 75 countries to go…maybe…

Finally, please remember that all the images and tutorials found on The Inbox Jaunt are intended for personal use only!  Feel free to share and pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  No commercial purpose is permitted.  Thank you.

Now turn off your computers, and get stitching!

See you tomorrow, I am reviving an old apple project and I need your advice…(Don’t forget to submit YOUR questions for OPEN LINE Friday.)

Lori

Back to School

 

Quilted pencils, FMQ

Now that all the kiddies are back to school, I have been educating myself on the fine points of blogging…One thing is for sure–I hate being a beginner–and I am a remedial student when in comes to all things computer…

Quilted pencils, FMQI have been working my way through the blogging primers and I am trying a few new things here at The Inbox Jaunt.

Quilted pencils, FMQ

 

Take note…I have added Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.  (I couldn’t bring myself to add Twitter just yet…)

Quilted pencils, FMQ

I am trying to make The Inbox Jaunt as user-friendly as possible, so please give all the new options a try. (But be patient if not everything is A+ work just yet–and please let me know...)

Quilted pencils, FMQ

I know many of you are beginner quilters, and I reminded again, how much patience it takes to learn any new skill!  I keep repeating to myself “Baby steps, baby steps…”

Quilted pencils, FMQ

May your learning curve be swift,

Lori