Violets-A Modern Whole Cloth Quilt

Violets, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I just LOVE to see what YOU are working on!  Vireya of Weed and Stitch sent me this photo of how she used the Grid Pop design to highlight her beautifully appliquéd basket.  Check out more of Vireya’s work at Weed and Stitch HERE.  Beautiful!!

Vireya's Grid Pop on Applique

Vireya’s Grid Pop on Applique

Have YOU had time to stitch a Violet or two? (yesterday’s tutorial)

Be sure to DOODLE first! (as always!)

VIOLETS ON VIOLET-DENSITY CONTRAST

This small whole cloth quilt of Violets is a good example of Density Contrast.

By surrounding the Humble Violet with more densely stitched echo stitching and swirls, the Violet is able to shine!

This small whole cloth quilt is stitched with Sulky Rayon 40 wt (white) on top and 50 wt Aurifil cotton in the bobbin.  (The combination works like a charm in my BERNINA 770QE).  I used a #90 Topstitch needle to accommodate the heavy weight thread.

To make the Violets pop even more – use thread in a color that matches the background fabric for the echo stitching and background fill=Thread Contrast.

Give Density Contrast a try in YOUR next quilt!

Add Thread Contrast for more “pop”…

Our Humble Violet deserves to shine!

Lori

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Violets are Blue-Machine Quilting Tutorial

 

Violets, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Violets are the Flower of the Month. (Read more HERE)  They represent humility, faithfulness, love and modesty.

Humble though it may be, the Violet looks charming on any quilt.  Use a single Violet in the center of a block or stitch a vine of Violets and Heart Leaves to add love to any border…

THE VIOLET MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching a short, curvy vine.  Add two small loops to the left.

Add two more small loops to the right.

Notice that all of the loops come together at the center.  You may have a build up of threads here–creating a focal point.  In this case, at the center of a flower, the focal point is appropriate and adds to the dimension of the motif.

Add a large petal to the left–stopping just short of the center of the flower.Then add a large petal to the right…again stopping short of the middle of the flower.
Add two smaller petals on the right side of the “stem”.

Add the final petal on the left side of the “stem”. Stitch through the center of the Violet to begin the next motif in the design.

NOTE–You can stitch through any of the petals to begin the next motif–It may be more convenient to stitch through the side of the Violet if you are using the flower in an allover or background design.

I like to combine the Violet with the Heart Leaf.

Sugar is Sweet and…

So are YOU!

Your faithful friend,

Lori

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Silly Spirals-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Happy Valentine’s Day, Quilters!

 

Today we have an EASY–BEGINNER quilt motif!

As you know, I LOVE Spirals, but they are challenging…

(Read Four Steps to Perfect Spirals–my first ever online tutorial—HERE)

To help Beginners get the look of Spirals without the stress, I added The Messy Spiral Rose HERE

Christmas Rose, FMQ, Kennedy

Doodle.FMQ

And now I’ve discovered another EASY Spiral for everyone (beginners and advanced) to enjoy:

THE SILLY SPIRAL-A FREE MOTION, MACHINE QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing parallel lines–any spacing that suits YOUR quilt.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the line.  Stitch a short line and stop.  This stopping point will be the center of the Silly Spiral.

Then begin stitching a circle–clockwise or counterclockwise-whichever is easier for YOU!

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue stitching revolutions around the stopping point…

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add as many layers as you like–two, five, seven…..

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Once the spiral is complete, stitch to the drawn line and stitch along this line.  Remember, wherever you stop will be the center of the next spiral–so be sure to allow enough room.

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

That’s it!

This motif is easy–because the spacing between rows is easier than for regular spirals.

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Doodle Silly Spirals first…then get right to your sewing machine…

We will make a small change to this pattern to create another motif I call “Loose Screws”–coming soon!  So be sure to practice!

Signed,

YOUR Silly Seamstress,

Lori

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