May your day be abundantly filled with the love of family and friends and thankful hearts!
Good Morning, Quilters!
I hope you will have a few minutes between basting the turkey and setting the table to do a little early shopping!
Craftsy has an AMAZING SALE –starts today and ends on Monday!
Stock up on classes for yourself and as gifts–in January you will be so glad you did!
All of my classes are included in the sale!
Creating a Quilting Plan: Approaches for Any Quilt is my newest class and it is a mini class–one hour packed with information on how to choose the batting, motifs and thread for your quilt. It includes a Roadmap, Design Worksheet and a Self-Evaluation in the course materials–be sure to download them–they are an important part of the class! If you need a JUMPSTART to quilting your quilt tops–this class is for you! We discuss options for embroidered and appliquéd quilts, quilts with a lot of negative space and more. The class assumes you are familiar with a wide variety of motifs–from my other classes.
Divide and Conquer: Creative Quilting for Any Space is my first class and is chock full of motifs! In the class, I demonstrate doodling and quilting more than 30 motifs. Along the way we discuss marking tools, thread, the curlicue knot and six ways to divide your blocks and quilts to create a cohesive composition.
Creative Free Motion Techniques: From Doodle to Design builds on the first class with more motifs, tips and tricks including the surgeon’s Knot. You will love the variety of motifs to add personality and fun to your quilts! I HAVE BEEN SHOPPING!
I have already perused the notions and fabric sale and there are a few deals you should consider!
NOTE–The links are to Craftsy. You will have to shop around to find the specific items.
Large spools (1422 yards) of 50wt thread is $8.40 and less than $7.00 per spool in some of the collections!
I use this thread for construction and in the bobbin for all of my machine quilting. (Craftsy does not offer the 28wt thread I love for the top thread when I am machine quilting.)
I bought six of the large racks and hung them together on my sewing room wall to hold
all some of my thread. Read more HERE
I use Kona and Boundless Solid Fabrics for all of my Tuesday Tutorials and whole cloth mini quilts.
Boundless is lighter weight than Kona, but has a nice assortment of colors.
Boundless is $4/yard and Kona Solids are $4.80/yard–the best price I have ever seen! (I did not see any Kona bundles as shown below–darn it!)
I’m always in the market for new marking tools. My favorite is chalk because it is easy to see and easy to erase. I picked up a few variations of chalk markers as well as a few of the blue markers, The SewLine ceramic pencil and I couldn’t leave without a few new rulers (I’m a ruler hoarder!)
Okay, I bought a bunch of fabric collections too…(I’m in love with the Alison Glass fabrics and I found a Lily & Loom Work Zone collection with dump trucks…)
BETTER THAN PUMPKIN PIE!
Treat yourself to quilting–way less calories than stuffing!
PS…This post contains affiliate links to Craftsy. If you choose to purchase anything at NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU, I may receive a little “pin money”. Thank you for supporting The Inbox Jaunt in this way!
Oh the drama of Poppies! There are very few flowers that have the visual impact of this ornamental flower. Poppies are a symbol of the fallen soldier on Remembrance Day and they also symbolize peace. If your birthday is in August, Poppies are your birth flower!
When quilting Poppies–be sure to stitch them very large to capture their dramatic essence!
THE POPPY-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL
Begin by stitching the edge of one of the petals–a short line. (NOTE-since this is a background fill or allover motif–we are not starting in the center.)
Add a large oval, then stitch the first full petal.
Add several more large petals around the central oval.
Complete the petals and stitch toward the center oval.Stitch around the oval with a jagged, scribbly line.Closely echo stitch around the petals to add more definition to the Poppy.Add another row of close echo stitching to travel to the area where you would like to begin the next Poppy.
Do not worry if the petals of the Poppies are odd shapes–they will look like they overlap. It is more important to keep the Poppies very close together than it is to make perfectly shaped petals.
THREAD, NEEDLE, BATTING, MACHINE
For this tutorial, I used:
Warm and Natural cotton batting. I love this low loft batting for art quilts and table runners.
28wt Aurifil cotton thread on top. It is heavier weight and the flowers really “pop” (pun intended). For all 28 wt thread- a size 90/14 needle is required (my favorite is the Topstitch needle--it has a big eye and a deep groove to protect the thread.)
Sulky Rayon 40wt or Superior Magnifico 40wt polyester would also have been good choices.
In the bobbin, I always use Aurifil 50 wt cotton--my sewing machine just loves it!
As always, I stitched this tutorial on my domestic sewing machine, the Fabulous BERNINA 770QE–it creates gorgeous stitches and the bobbin system makes tension adjustments a breeze!
Remember…if you can’t doodle it, you can’t stitch it–so get those pencils, pens and markers out!!
CRAFTSY IS HAVING A HUGE SALE–STARTS TOMORROW!
Check in for a few of my favorites from 2016–and SHARE YOUR FAVORITES TOO!!!
May YOUR day be filled with YOUR favorite color!
(better that than…
May YOUR day be filled with drama!
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