Tuesday Tutorials in Action-Quilt Show

Liz Blois

Liz Blois-Broad Stripes and Bright Stars!

Good Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to day two of our Inbox Quilt Show!   (See Day One HERE)

Ticket sales have been brisk–and I’m sure they will be even better today-after the fabulous show on Monday.  Please tell all you quilty friends about us!!!

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My motto has always been “The more, the merrier!

THANK YOU TO OUR QUILTERS

Thank you to all who have sent photos.  Send in YOUR photos and I will keep adding to our show!  There’s plenty more to come!

We have a great show for you today…

Drumroll please…

LIZ BLOIS

Liz (who is British) made this fabulous quilt for her daughter-in-law, an American soldier, and wrapped her in if after she returned from Afghanistan! Thank you to the Blois family for your service and sacrifice!!

Liz Blois

Liz Blois, England

BARB

Follow Barb’s travels and adventures at Ellis2Roam HERE  Barb only gave a sneak peek at her quilt–This quilt looks charming–send more photos!!

Barb at www.ellis2roam.blogspot.com

Barb at www.ellis2roam.blogspot.com

Barb at www.Ellis2roam.blogspot.com

Barb at www.Ellis2roam.blogspot.com

THERESA SANDERS

Theresa made these quilts for her grandchildren, Quinn and Callum, born this summer!! Congratulations, Nana Sanders!  Are they twins???

Theresa Sanders

Theresa Sanders, Portland Oregon

Theresa Sanders

Theresa Sanders

Theresa Sanders

Theresa Sanders

Theresa Sanders

Theresa Sanders

LYNDA HUTCHINSON

Lynda designed the baby quilt below for a friend and then she made a matching tote bag!  What a great idea!  Every new mom needs lots of bags!

Lynda Hutchison

Lynda Hutchison

Lynda Hutchison

Lynda Hutchison

LEANN RICHEY

LeAnn has five children and eleven grandchildren and loves to tuck in little quilted surprises in her free motion quilting–see if you can find some of the motifs from our Tuesday Tutorials!

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LeAnn Richey

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LeAnn Richey

Lights dim.  Applause.  Applause.

Encore!  Encore!

Until next time,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt–unless noted–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!

 

 

 

Why Do I Blog?

Good Morning, Quilters!

Just a few days ago, The Inbox Jaunt celebrated its fourth birthday -with a total of nearly 5,000,000 views in four years!  Birthdays (as we get older) are a time for introspection.  So I had to ask myself several questions…I will share some of those questions in the coming weeks-as I really need YOUR input.  The first question….

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Why do I blog?  

First, why did I start blogging?  I never wanted a blog.  I was taking an online photography class from Kim Klassen and the next class in her series was a blogging class.  I wasn’t interested in blogging, but there were several photography techniques in the class that I wanted to learn so I signed up.  After  a few weeks,  I thought blogging would be a great way to share my photography and quilting with my family and a few friends…

Little did I know that blogging would change my life…

American Quilter MagazineWhy do I blog?

Early on, I offered a few tutorials-mostly for my sisters in Chicago to see–and the tutorials went viral.  Pinterest was the key…

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The Basic Spiral–Four Steps

Now that I’ve been blogging for four years, the reason I blog…I found I love teaching--it’s a way to share my passion. A way to stand on the table and shout:

“YOU can do this!”

“Machine Quilting is Fun!”

 “Machine Quilting is not scary!”

 “Machine Quilting adds personality to your quilts!”

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When I started machine quilting- in the pre-internet days…

It was hard to find resources.

It was expensive to take classes.

It was difficult to find a babysitter for my six children so I could go to classes.

THE NUMBER ONE REASON I BLOG

That’s why I blog…

So the older-me can give back to the young-mother-me who so wanted more quilty information.

I want YOU to have what YOU need to enjoy quilting as much as I have!

Happy Quilting!

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!

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The Divided Square-A FREE Machine Quilting Tutorial

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

What did you think of yesterday’s Inbox Quilt Show?  

Lovely and inspiring work–and there’s more to come!

Please send YOUR entries-with your name, as you would like it to appear, state and country.   We LOVE to see the Tuesday Tutorials in Action!

Today, we have The Divided Square-a FREE machine quilting tutorial.  Whether you are quilting on a domestic machine (like me–the beautiful BERNINA 770QE) or a long arm (lucky ducks!) or hand quilting–this motif is well suited to any square block.

THE DIVIDED SQUARE-FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

The Divided Square Quilt Motif  is the more masculine version of The Square Flower.  It fills any size square neatly.  Use a matching thread in a light weight (50 wt or finer) to create a balanced texture, or use a heavier weight thread (40 or 30wt) in a contrasting color and the quilt motif will be more visible.

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Begin by quartering the square–draw lines across the diagonals and across the vertical and horizontal axes.

Begin stitching in the upper left corner.  Stitch parallel to the top line and then stitch into the center.  Stop short of the middle point.  Stitch a square center.

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Stitch the center “petal”–stitch at a slight angle to the left then across the top line and back to the center.  Stop one-two stitches ahead of the central square.

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Stitch to the top line, into the corner, down the right side and back to the center square.  Stop 1-2 stitches before reaching the center square.

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Stitch the right horizontal “petal”–again, angle toward the petal slightly outward.

Next, stitch the bottom right “petal”.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue around the square adding a petal along each axis.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch around the entire motif if desired.

To begin another motif, either knot off and begin again,  stitch in the ditch or stitch along the upper edge of the motif to start another Divided Square Pattern.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add a little variety by stitching a star or your initial or a spiral in the center of each square.

Personalize YOUR quilt!

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

You know my favorite line-

“A quilt without personality is just a blanket!”

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!

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