Creative Free Time

Machine Quilting, Hand Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

Do YOU give yourself creative free time?

Do you take time to play with your supplies and materials without following a plan?

Machine Quilting, Hand Quilting

No?

Neither do I…

at least not often enough!

Machine Quilting, Hand Quilting

Last week, I needed a little hand sewing.

I hadn’t been in my sewing room in awhile…

I bet some of you know that feeling!

Machine Quilting, Hand Quilting

I started with a linen quilt sandwich and added hand stitching.

The idea exceeded the result…

The next day I added a little machine quilting with 30 wt  Sulky cotton.

The Basic Leaf

The Feathered Leaf 

The Open Leaf with Spiral

Machine Quilting, Hand Quilting

Now I think this experiment has merit…

Love the linen.

Love the combination of hand and machine quilting.

and

I loved playing without a plan!

What about YOU?

Do YOU take time for creative play?

Have any of your experiments turned into a big project?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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!

 

Folding Fabric-A Quick Tip

Quilt Room Organization

Nancy Zieman Fabrics

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s taken me awhile, but I think I have found all of the fabric I had stashed throughout my house…

It’s sorted and neatly folded in my fabulous new sewing room!  Hurray!!!

HOW LONG CAN THIS LAST?

Unfortunately….

Not long!

Quilt Room Organization

But I found this YouTube video by SewVeryEasy...on how to fold fabric.

It’s Brilliant!  (Wish I’d seen it before I filled the cupboards!)

Quilt Room Organization

As much as I promise myself to keep this clean…

I know my creative style…

M-E-S-S-Y!!!

THE CREATIVE CYCLE

Mess.  Clean.  Mess. Organize.  Mess.

What about YOU?

Are you more creative when your studio is clean?

Do you keep your sewing room clean?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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!

Giveaway! Art Quilt Collage–Meet Deborah Boschert

Deborah Boschert, Collage

Good Morning, Quilters!

We are on a blog hop today!  For those of you unfamiliar with the term—a blog hop is like a ten-day progressive party. Every day for ten days, we are invited to stop by a new friend’s house (or blog)  for some refreshments, a little conversation, a few party games and in this case a GIVEAWAY!

Often a blog hop, like a progressive party, is a way to celebrate something.  In this case, we are celebrating  Quilt-Artist-Extraordinaire, Deborah Boschert’s  new book, Art Quilt Collage.

A REFERENCE BOOK OF TECHNIQUES

I am really excited to share this book with you because it contains so many fresh ideas about quilting.  It is a technique book, chock full of inspiration.

Now don’t get excited over the word “Art Quilt”–I know it intimidates many…This book is packed with ideas on how to add interest to any quilt, whether it is a small collage for framing or a king size quilt for your bed.

ART QUILT COLLAGE BOOK CHAT

I had an opportunity to chat with Deborah about her book last week…

After some initial silliness, I threw down a challenge…

Deborah offers a clear path of how to transform an inspiration (like a photo or a word)  into a quilt.  There are machine quilting and hand embroidery tips, design and composition suggestions,(including a design checklist), and a very interesting chapter on personal symbols.

 

Deborah Boschert, Collage

I was really intrigued by the chapter on Finishing which include several options for edge treatments as well as a variety of ways to mount or hang a quilt.  (I’m thinking some of my “Vase Quilts” might become mounted or framed “Art work”!)

Deborah Boschert, Collage

SEVERAL CHANCES TO WIN!

Enter to win a copy of Deborah’s book here at The Inbox Jaunt simply by leaving a comment on today’s post.  Tell us what your personal symbol might be…

I think mine would be a flower, or a coffee mug, or a sewing needle, or a spool of thread, or a pair of glasses, or a silhouette of my six children, or…..Hmmmm….I think I have an…

Inspiration for an Art Quilt Collage!!!

Happy Stitching,

Lori

PS…If your are new to The Inbox Jaunt, be sure to check out our Tuesday Tutorials–the most popular posts every week!

Grid Pop and Oak Leaf Free Motion Quilting

Stop by all of the Blog Hop “Hostesses” below and enter to win.

Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch

Book Release Blog Hop with Video Chats!
September 19: C&T Publishing and Editor Lynn Koolish
September 20: Teri Lucas, Generation Q Magazine
September 21: Susan Brubaker Knapp
September 22: Sue Bleiweiss
September 23: Lyric Kinard
September 26: Lori Kennedy
September 27: Maria Shell
September 28: Jane LaFazio
September 29: Judy Coates Perez
September 30: Melanie Testa