A Sneak Peek at a Work in Progress

Annie Smith Applique, Lori Kennedy Machine Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’ve been busy, busy, busy stitching away on a quilt for my friend, Annie Smith.

You may remember that  I quilted one of her blocks several months ago...I was nervous to get started because Annie’s appliqué and designs are award-winning. (She wrote The Ultimate Applique Guidebook: 150 Patterns, Hand & Machine Techniques, History, Step-by-Step Instructions, Keys to Design & Inspiration (including some of the motifs you see here)  AND…

Annie is a Quilt Judge!

Did you ever notice that being nervous makes your quilting worse, not better?

I had to put away my desire for perfection and just start quilting.

Once I relaxed, the stitches flowed  better.

Annie Smith, Applique, Machine Quilting

ANNIE SMITH-AURIFIL DESIGNER

Recently, Annie was asked to be an Aurifil designer.  She got to choose 2 sets of 10 threads that will be marketed with her name and her quilt on the label.  As part of the promotion, Annie created two quilts and asked me to quilt them!

I was delighted, and (again) nervous…

Annie Smith Applique, Lori Kennedy Machine Quilting

The flowers are beautiful, and look stunning on the black background… but I have never quilted on black before so this took me out of my comfort zone…(and you know, we are always told that’s supposed to be a good thing?!?)

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The good news…I had all of the colors in Aurifil’s new Annie Smith Collection available as my palette.

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I started the machine quilting as outlined in my  Eight Step to Quilting on Appliqué 

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To give the design unity, I replicated some of the appliqué motifs in the machine quilting.

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The bright colored thread added emphasis to a few design details, while the darker thread receded into the background.

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I chose a dark brown thread on the black background.  This allowed the quilting to be visible, while not competing with the appliqué.

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Annie will be showing the full quilt at Quilt Market in Houston this weekend when Aurifil introduces her new thread collection!

Can’t wait to see her standing in front of the finished quilt!

Photos to follow….

Now back to a little (very little) house cleaning, laundry and maybe I’ll make dinner this week?!

Oh–and emails…I’m way behind on emails…so if YOU sent me an email….

Blame Annie!

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!

 

Fishy-A Work in Progress

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’ve been fishing in my sewing room!

It was a rainy day in Minnesota and a golden opportunity to finish this cheery fish project.

I pulled out my palette of 30wt cotton threads...(Check out Sulky’s Sale HERE for the best prices.)

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After stabilizing, I stitched around each of the fish and added a circle border using Sulky 30 wt cotton (Topstitch 90 needle).

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Then I chose a variegated thread for the watery background. (Sulky 30wt cotton-Cotton Blendables)

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I got a good start on the center…

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NOTE–When you want your quilting design to show–use heavy weight thread (40wt or 30wt) in a contrasting color.

When you want the design to blend into the background, use lighter weight thread (50wt or 60wt) in a matching color.

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I should have it done by the weekend…

What about YOU?

What are you stitching?

What are YOUR favorite threads?

We’d LOVE to hear!

I’d rather be 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.

PS…This post contains an affiliate link to Sulky Threads.  If you chose to purchase, there is NO ADDITIONAL cost to you-and you will be assured of getting the best prices…

 

 

Quilting with Annie Smith-Applique

Annie Smith, Applique, Machine Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

One of the perks of being a BERNINA Ambassador is attending a yearly “Reunion” at BERNINA’s HQ in Illinois.  We learned all kinds of new things and got to try all the latest sewing machine models.  But–the best part–meeting other BERNINA Ambassadors who have a wide range of interests:  quilting, embroidery, home decoration, clothing construction….

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At my first Reunion, I met the very talented quilter, Annie Smith.  Annie has many quilting skills and started the first-ever podcast for quilters.  Check out her website, Annies Quilting Stash–(be sure you’ve already done your daily dose of exercise, because you will be lost in her site for hours!)

One of Annie’s skills is machine appliqué.  I convinced her to let me quilt one of her blocks as a demo for YOU, gentle readers of The Inbox Jaunt. 

This was the step-by-step process–perhaps it will give you some guidance for your next project.

MACHINE QUILTING ON APPLIQUE

STEP ONEHang the quilt where you can look at it frequently.  This really helps you visually absorb the pattern.  Your sub-conscience can work on it too! (I get some of my best ideas during the night.)

STEP TWO-Avoid this step if possible–Worry that you will ruin the block with your machine quilting….AND it’s not even YOUR own block you will be ruining…This lingers and no work will be accomplished until…

STEP THREE-Set a Deadline-This poor block languished for weeks until I made a deadline.  This works most of the time for me…

STEP FOUR-Perform a leading task–A leading task is some easy, mundane task that will not cause permanent damage to the quilt…choosing thread is a great one…you get to play with thread and color….These tasks really help draw you in and get things rolling…

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STEP FOUR-Start stabilizing or outlining the motifs.  This is just another “leading task”–it’s not creative, and no damage to the gorgeous appliqué block with this step. I like to outline each motif using a closely matched thread.  I stitch on the background fabric–not the edge of the appliqué itself.  This helps the appliqué pop up a little.

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(You can see the placement of the gold stitches around the gold appliqué in the photo below.)

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STEP FIVE-Begin adding motifs around the appliqué. This is when quilting becomes DANGEROUS-especially when you are working on an award-winning quilter’s block!  Your heart is racing…you’re sure you are ruining it…oh dear, dear, dear!

The upside–you will keep your deadline…and that is the only upside at this point.

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STEP SIX-Echo stitching and layering in more details.

Okay, okay…things are starting to look okay…not an epic fail…

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STEP SEVEN-Turn on music.  This is starting to be fun…I think she might like it….

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Phew!  I like it!

STEP EIGHT-Mail it back and cross your fingers that YOUR vision was HER vision….

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STEP NINE-Phone call from Annie–she loves it!

Will I collaborate with her on a larger piece for show???

Gulp….

What could I say?  When’s the deadline?

Happy Applique/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!