Hawaiian Applique-Totable WIP

Hawaiian Applique

I like to have a few “totable” works in progress at all times–and Hawaiian applique is a perfect, totable project. It has no small pieces, requires only one spool of thread and doesn’t require a great deal of concentration to stitch.

Hawaiian Applique

Unfortunately, I DO need to carry my spectacles…

This applique pattern is from Pokolani Quilts.

Hawaiian Applique

and is cut from a hand dyed fabric…perfect for Hawaiian appliqué.

Hawaiian Applique

It takes a while to baste, but it is worth the time because it makes the project portable--no pins!

Hawaiian Applique

What’s your favorite totable project–(besides doodling)?

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Tuesday Tutorial–The Open Leaf with Spiral

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Welcome!  It is Tuesday Tutorial Day and I would like to welcome all of the new followers of The Inbox Jaunt--Thank you to The Crafty Pioneer who sent you our way and to all of you who have pinned us on Pinterest!  I’m so glad you’re here — please check out the “Quilt” tab above for more free motion quilting tutorials.  We have many more on the sewing table…

Today’s design is The Open Leaf with Spiral.  It is a variation of the Open Leaf–a little “dressier”.  It looks great when combined with The Greek Key or other linear patterns.  

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

For this design, begin by drawing three lines or “rails”.  In the image below, the lines are 3/4 inch apart.  Begin stitching on the middle rail a few stitches, then curve to the right rail.  Stitch along the right rail for several stitches and stop (with your needle down).

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Next, sweep toward the middle rail and sew a curl…

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch outside of your curl and back to the middle rail…

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Now you are ready to stitch the left side.  Stitch a few stitches along the middle rail, curve to the left rail and stitch along it a few stitches, then stop…

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch the curl, and back to the center rail…

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Now keep going…

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I love this pattern because it looks rather formal and it is easier than it looks.  There’s a variation on this called The Double Open Leaf with Spiral   that is perfect for a fuller, wider border.   We will save that for now because next week we are stitching a fabulous flower border—We need flowers! –(Still snow on the ground here in Minnesota.)

Baseball Opening Day

Baseball Bats, Photography, Opening Day

It may not feel like Spring, but today is major league baseball’s opening day–so warm weather can not be far behind.

Baseball Bats, Photography, Opening Day

I hail from a divided family:  my father was a Chicago White Sox fan, but my mother is a die-hard Cubs fan.   (For the sake of family harmony, my father eventually converted to the Cubs.)  When I moved to Minnesota, I fell hard for the Minnesota Twins.  They are an easy team to love with players like Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau…

Today’s game: 3:10 pm, Target Field, Detroit Tigers

Go Twins!

Baseball Bats, Photography, Opening Day

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Go, Mavericks!