Flower of the Month-Machine Quilting Tutorial

Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Good Morning,Quilters!

Good thing there are 31 days in May!  I needed all 31 days to finish this tutorial before the deadline  end of the month!

If YOUR birthday is in May–Happy (belated) Birthday!

A RETURN TO HAPPINESS

Lily of the Valley is YOUR birthday flower!

How lucky for YOU!  I LOVE everything about this pretty little flower–from the shape of the leaves, the nodding flowers and the scent!  Lilies of the Valley represent humility, purity and is said to bring luck in love.  This beautiful bouquet flower also means a “return to happiness”.

It’s a perfect flower for YOUR next quilt.  If your birthday is in May, perhaps you could add a single Lily to each of your quilts as your hidden signature?

LILY OF THE VALLEY MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.  Begin stitching in between the two lines.  Start with a curlicue knot and sweep to the left sideline.  Stitch on the left side line for several stitches.

 

Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Taper near the tip of the line and sweep back to the starting line.  Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Sweep back to the left sideline.Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Curl around to the center Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Add the left side of the “nodding bell” of the lily.Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Add three triangles to form the lower aspect of the Lily.Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Add the right side of the “bell” of the Lily.Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Sweep to the right sideline to begin the next Lily in the border.

Taper slightly then sweep back to the beginning.Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Sweep to the right sideline and curl around.  Stitch a simple Lily shape.Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

 

For a larger border, stitch two rows of Lilies with a different motif in the center.
Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

With a little doodling, this motif could be transformed into an allover motif–give it a try!

May all YOUR quilts be completed weeks before the deadline!

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.  Thank you!

Machine Quilting Half Square Triangles: HST Flowers

HST Flowers, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

We are making good progress on our Spring Machine Quilting Sampler.

This quilt was designed to help YOU quilt YOUR quilts by demonstrating how motifs can be stitched on print fabrics and on pieced blocks.

We will be stitching 4 motifs for small Half Square Triangle (HST) blocks as well as 4 border motifs.

Last week we stitched The Basic HST Motif and X Marks the Spot

Both of these methods are easy and (fairly) quick and look great on any quilt.

This week we will stitched Half Square Flowers and Half Square Sunshine to add a little more personality to our HSTs.

THE HALF SQUARE FLOWER:  A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin stitching in the corner of the light fabric.

Stitch up the left side of the block for several stitches, then add an arc to the bottom of the block.

HST Flowers, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyHST Flowers, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch the arc, back to the left side.

HST Flowers, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch the arc, back to the bottom.

HST Flowers, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch parallel to the lower edge of the block, stop at the corner–remaining on the light fabric.

HST Flowers, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch parallel to the diagonal seamline for several stitches, then stitch toward the arc–stopping a short distance from the arc.

HST Flowers, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add a square petal.

HST Flowers, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch back to the diagonal and create another petal, following the diagonal line, then back to the arc.

HST Flowers, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyHST Flowers, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch along the seamline or in the ditch to the next block in row.

HST Flowers, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue stitching the entire row of Half Square Triangle Flowers.

By machine quilting on the light-colored fabric and not on the darker fabric–the darker fabric will “pop”!

HST Flowers, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

The Half Square Triangle Flower works well in small HSTs-as small as two inches and it works equally well in larger HSTs.

For those of you with Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3, The Square Flower and variations are found on page 96.

May YOUR garden and YOUR quilts be overflowing with flowers!

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!