Instead of Stippling….Try This!

Blue Flowers, FMQGood Morning, Quilters!

Are you tired of stippling or meandering?

Or–are you like me–and find stippling difficult to motor plan?

Try stitching straight line fills between motifs!

In this little quilt, I used the same thread (40 wt Sulky Rayon) to stitch the flowers and the background fill.   You could stitch the background using a finer weight thread like Sulky’s Poly Deco or Superior MicroQuilter.

Blue Flowers, FMQ

Make a quick sample to see which effect you prefer!

I’m gardening this week–have to soak up all the summer I can!

#MinnesotaSummerstooshort

Hope YOU are in YOUR garden today!

Lori

PS.  All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!Dandelion Quilt

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Mr. Nutcracker-A Christmas Whole Cloth Quilt

Mr. Nutcracker, FMQ, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

I would like to say that I finished a Christmas project early….

Unfortunately, YOU all know this was last year’s project…

Mr. Nutcracker, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

I really had fun stitching this whole cloth quilt.

I tried my hand at a little Ruler Work…(A new challenge for me) and then I went back to my “happy place”–free motion quilting.

My challenge was to include a wide variety of motifs (How many do YOU recognize?) to embellish the nutcracker and then layer in textured motifs like Grid Pop.

Mr. Nutcracker, FMQ, Lori Kennedy I used several different threads:  Fine weight threads to create texture, heavier threads (28wt Aurfil cotton) for the white focus motifs, and a sprinkle of metallic thread for sparkle.

Mr. Nutcracker, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Mr. Nutcracker, FMQ, Lori KennedyBuilding Blocks to fill in the background.Mr. Nutcracker, FMQ, Lori KennedyAnd then I agonized over the binding…

My next challenge is to create a second Nutcracker to hang by his side and guard my front door…or stitch a huge Christmas tree to hang in between…

Coming soon….well…2018?

What about YOU?

Have YOU started YOUR Christmas projects?  What are you working on?

It’s never too early!

We’d LOVE to hear!

Merry Stitching!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy @The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

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