Finishing Touches –The Sunflower Sampler

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank YOU all for joining me in the excitement about our new book!  It will make using the Tuesday Tutorials so much easier!  The first book (perhaps a sequel?) contains more than 61 of my favorite tutorials.  Because each tutorial has a number of photos, we were forced to limit the selection—but you still know where to find the rest!

Today we are finishing The Sunflower Sampler–just in time to get started on our Christmas projects!

SIGNATURE

If you are like me, not everything gets a full label…so I make sure to sign and date each quilt in FMQ.  Practice doodling your name first in one continuous line and then practice stitching it on a scrap of fabric.

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

CORNER SQUARES

Next fill in the corner squares with any motif you like. Either choice of thread will work. ( I used the thread from the center Sunflower–a solid thread.) I added a spiral with petals, but you could simply add a spiral or a wavy line.  Be creative.

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

THE ONE INCH BORDER

Add a one inch border pattern around the entire quilt.   I recommend using whichever thread you used for the Sunflower.  This gives the design balance.

Choose any border motif.  I used Braided Wheat.

Beginner Loops would look great as well.

Or use the Leaves we doodled last week.

Wheat Braid, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

When you get to the signature area,  make the motif a little smaller…

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

BINDING

Add a simple binding.

Voila!

I can feel the warmth!

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

Here’s the original-stitched on a hand dyed fabric…

The center of the Sunflower is a little different and some of the motifs around the flower are different…

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

Do YOU have a favorite?

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

SUNFLOWER SAMPLER QUILT-A-LONG

Day One

Day Two 

Day Three 

Day Four 

Day Five

Day Six

ONLINE QUILT SHOW

Send photos of YOUR finished quilt (variations too!) to lckennedy@hotmail.com —By December 5th

Be sure to put “Sunflower Sampler” in the subject line.

We’ll have an online quilt shown with prizes for the “People’s Choice”.

Can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Sunny (not Snowy) Quilting,

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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!

THE Book-Exciting News!

Machine Quilting 1-2-3, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

A few days ago, as I was walking back from my mailbox and absentmindedly thumbing the pages of a quilt catalog…

This is what I found…

As all of YOU know…I spent much of 2016 stitching tutorials and working with the fabulous editors at Martingale writing, re-writing, proofing and editing my first book…

But I had not seen the official photos!  THE PHOTOS ARE FABULOUS!

Needless to say I was thrilled!!!!

Machine Quilting 1-2-3, Lori Kennedy

THE BOOK

Our book has a title:   Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 and we have an ISBN number!

It will be available March, 2017 and is being advertised in Martingale’s Wholesale catalog right now.  (Stores should order NOW–it is sure to sell out quickly, right folks?)

Machine Quilting 1-2-3, Lori Kennedy

I can’t tell you how excited I am!

And it would never have happened without YOU, Gentle Reader!!!!

Machine Quilting 1-2-3, Lori Kennedy

In a week where we recount all we are thankful for…

This is one of many!

What about YOU?  What are YOU thankful for?

We’d LOVE to hear!

You could knock me down with a (FMQ) feather!

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Thankfully yours,

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!