Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride

Paul Revere, Lantern, American Revolution,

“Listen, my children and you shall hear...”  Today is the eighteenth of April-the anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride to warn his fellow colonists of the impending invasion by the British.  Paul Revere’s ride was vividly commemorated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in a poem that many school children memorized.   (I can still recite the first half!)

Paul Revere, Lanterns

“Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch of the North Church tower as a signal light…One if by land and two if by sea…”

It is easy to forget that Paul Revere was a real man–not just a fictional character from Longfellow’s poem.  He was a famous silversmith in the late 1700s and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts boasts the most complete  tea service of Paul Revere silver!

Paul Revere Silver Service

Paul Revere Silver

So raise your tea-cup in honor of Paul Revere, the American colonists and our British cousins!  Happy 18th of April!

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A Sewing Studio Addition!

Bernina 820 Quilter's Edition

I’m thrilled to report there’s a new tool in my workshop—a Bernina 820 Quilter’s Edition!  We are still getting to know each other, but I think we may be a “match made in heaven!”

Bernina 820, Quilt Doodle, Free Motion Quilted Sewing Machine Motif

We met on an online dating site:  –and when I read about the extra-large harp space—I knew I was in love…(Think about all those queen and king size quilt tops just waiting to be quilted…. )

Free Motion Quilted spools of thread, Long Arm motif

The bobbin is huge!  The light is so bright!

Bernina 820-Quilter's Edition

It has a clock…and a stitch counter…and a threader that works….It knots and cuts off threads with one push of the button!

Free Motion Quilting Fonts, Lettering with Free motion Quilting

I think we are going to be very happy together!

So many Works in Progress…and a little sewing machine Love!

Free Motion Quilting Circles–Tuesday Tutorial

Welcome to all the new followers of The Inbox Jaunt!   We are delighted that you have found our little circle of quilters!  In order to celebrate our ever-expanding ring of friends and followers, today we have free motion quilted circles!  We will be working on two types of circles:  The first circle is the One-Pass Circle and the second is called the Two-Pass Circle.  

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

Last week we stitched the Fabulous Flower and a table runner that included the Fabulous Flower and rows of One-Pass Circles. (See the table runner here.)  The Fabulous Flower looks complicated, but it is quite easy.  Circles look easy, but are a little more difficult to stitch—(Don’t fear-YOU CAN do it!).  Like most very “simple” patterns, circles require more precision.  They require both doodling and stitched practice, but they are WORTH the EFFORT!  There are oo-oodles of circle motifs.  So, let’s get started!

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

Start with two drawn lines or “rails” to help keep the circles in a row.  Starting in the middle, stitch an entire circle-returning to your middle point (In the photo below there is a faintly drawn “X” where I began the left-most circle.)   After you return to your starting point, stitch over your previous stitches and sew another half circle…(You are actually stitching a circle and a half for every pattern…)  In the image below, I stitched a bit off the first line of stitching so you would be able to see the second row of stitching, but  normally, I try to stitch directly on top of my previous line of stitching.

Each circle is actually a circle and a half.  Between each circle, you may want to add a straight line…or you may begin your next circle right that point…

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

The Two-Pass Circle is sewn in halves:  The first “pass” is the top of the circle, while the second “pass” is the lower half of the circle…

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

Begin your row of stitching in the middle of your “rails”…Stitch the upper half of the circle…

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

Then stitch the lower half of the circle…

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

When you are finished, it should look like  better than this!

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

I usually stitch the One-Pass Circle–as I find it easier to create symmetric circles…but both circles are worth learning…

Once you have “The Circle” in your free motion quilting repertoire–I know you will find zillions of ways to put it to use!

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

Thank you for all the messages–I love to hear from you!  Also, if you have any questions about free motion quilting or any aspect of quilting, please don’t hesitate to ask…No question is too small…