American Graffiti

 

American Graffiti Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

While working on my pile of unfinished quilts, I came upon the Eagle above.  I used it as a practice piece to test drive motifs for the Traditional Eagle Quilt below.

The Eagle-Free Motion Quilting

It didn’t have much quilting on it…

So I filled in the spaces with a wide variety of quilting including a little lettering.

American Graffiti Quilt, Lori Kennedy

In the end, I’m not sure which quilt I like better–Two very different styles, but the Graffiti Eagle keeps one looking longer!American Graffiti Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Ruby sure likes it!

American Graffiti Quilt, Lori Kennedy

By the way, what’s with dogs, cats and quilts?!

So which quilt do YOU prefer?  Graffiti Eagle or Traditional Eagle?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Mixing it up in Minnesota,

Lori

PS…Both of these quilts were stitched with Aurifil thread in the bobbin (great for lock stitching with slippery threads on top)  and Sulky Rayon 40 wt on top–on my BERNINA 770QE (dream machine!).

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.

The Apple Core-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

You know what they say…an “Apple a Day…”

Winter apples…well…sometimes it’s easier to quilt an apple a day!

Wouldn’t these look adorable on a table runner?

THE APPLE CORE-MACHINE QUILT TUTORIAL

The easiest way to stitch Apple Cores is by drawing them first–at least until you’ve practiced a few times.

Begin by drawing a rectangle 3″ by 4″ wide.  (Any size that fits YOUR quilt will work too!)

Draw two scallops approximately 3/4 inch below the top line and along the bottom line:

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Add three scallops just below the top scallops and just above the bottom row of scallops.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Place a small “X” in the middle of the left-sided scallops and connect the “X”s with a curve line.

Repeat on the left side.

Draw a stem and leaf on top if desired. (very lightly shown below).

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Begin stitching on the left side of the apple.  Stitch the top scallop, the stem, a leaf and the right scallop.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the three scallops and trace back to the “X”.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the left side of the apple and the bottom scallops.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy Stitch the lower three scallops, then echo stitch back to stitch the right side of the apple.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch the top scallops to the center, drop down and stitch a few petal shapes.Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch to the bottom, echo stitch to the left side of the apple and all the way around.Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Delicious! (if not nutritious!)
Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

In no time at all you’ll have more than accomplished your quota of apples for the day!

Careful…A bushel a day does NOT keep the doctor away!

May your stitches be Gala!

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona fabric on my BERNINA 770QE (with a humungous bobbin!) using Aurifil cotton 50wt thread in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon (think luster!) on top using a Superior Size 90 Topstitch needle (very large eye and deep shank.)

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!

Echo Doodling

 

Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

It’s time to pour yourself a cup of tea and join me for a little morning (doodle) exercise.

Today’s lesson:  Echo Doodling…just like Echo Quilting!

Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Begin by drawing a square or rectangle to contain a shape…

Then add a simple shape.  Draw anything from a triangle to a flower.

Next, echo all the way around the shape.

To fill the entire square, start in one area and echo the shape all the way to the edge.  Move to the next section and fill that area all the way to the edge.Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Continue in this way to fill the space.

If there are any trapped areas (like the space between the leaf and the lower flower petals, go back and fill them in as well.Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Try another shape, perhaps a small cottage…Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

After echo stitching several times, add another element to fill to the edges.Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Try an oak leaf…Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Doodle Lessons, Echoing, KennedyOr a pumpkin…Doodle Lessons, Echoing, KennedyEverything looks better with echo doodling!

Just like everything looks better with echo quilting!

Doodle Lessons, Echoing, KennedyRemember, if you can’t doodle it, you can’t quilt it!

Give this a try on paper, then choose one of your designs to quilt this week.

Next time, we’ll look at how to echo stitch when there are several shapes within one square–it’s a little trickier!

Happy  STITCHINGStitching…Stitching...stitching…!

(That’s my (weak) attempt at written echoing.)

LORI…Lori…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!