Work in Progress-Applique Borders

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Applique, Boxes and VinesGood Morning, Quilters!

I have been keeping my pledge to work on my Boxes and Vines quilt–though I admit to some quite a few detours on small projects!

I think I need the small distractions–big quilts are still hard work–not just physically.  I have trouble focusing on one project at a time–it’s really not my nature.

However….I don’t let myself work on any other projects each day until I’ve stitched on Boxes and Vines for 15 minutes.

One day, I worked for three hours…another day it was just fifteen minutes. Then I was off chasing down a new rabbit hole.

Overall, it’s a plan that is working.

(Perhaps I need to apply the same approach to exercise–but then again that’s what the New Year is for!)

MACHINE QUILTING AROUND APPLIQUÉ

Last week, I wanted the squares in the border to “pop” so I quilted around them and did not add any quilting to the colorful squares. Read more HERE.

I am using a similar approach on the borders with all the appliqué.

First I stitch as close as possible to one of the applique elements to outline it, then I begin stitching a background fill motif.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Applique, Boxes and Vines

I like to add decorative elements within the quilted line-like more leaves or feathers or pebbling to create more interest within the quilted line and to add more details to the vine border.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Applique, Boxes and VinesI begin stitching around one appliqué and keep adding the background motifs until I “bump into” another appliqué.  Then I outline it and start working around the new element.

I continue “bumping” my way through the border until it is complete–(or until my fifteen minutes are up LOL).

As you can see, the appliqué “pops”.  I like that, however, it looks unfinished right now. I will go back and add a few details to each leaf and flower later. 
Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Applique, Boxes and Vines

THREAD and NEEDLE and MACHINE

For the Boxes and Vines quilt I am using Aurifil 28wt cotton thread on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin with a size 90 Topstitch needle.

There is already a lot of color in this quilt, so I decided to stitch white on white for a subtle texture effect with the machine quilting.

I am stitching on my beautiful BERNINA 770QE-but there is exciting news on this front…

Coming soon…

THE PLEDGE

What about YOU?

Did YOU make The Pledge to work on The Most Important Quilt in YOUR Collection before all other distractions?

If not, make YOUR pledge today–right here in the comment section–

There are more than 10,000 of us to hold YOU accountable!

If you did keep The Pledge, tell us!  We want to cheer along with YOU!

Your Favorite Quilting Cheerleader,

Rah! Rah, Shish cum bah!

Lori

If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

PPS…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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Christmas and Hanukkah Machine Quilting Tutorials

 

Good Morning, Quilters!

Today’s Tuesday Tutorial is a round-up of tutorials from the last several years!  I’m confident this will keep us all busy in between shopping and wrapping!

MY CREATIVE BLOCK

To be honest, I am going through a “Tuesday Tutorial” creative block lately…

I need YOUR help!  What would YOU like a step-by-step tutorial for?  I have had a request for more Hanukkah symbols…anything else?

I will work on your requests in the new year. Creating a new motif can take quite a bit of time–it took me years to come up with a dog motif we could stitch with a continuous line!

On the other hand, sometimes a motif comes to me in a flash!  One never knows…

KEEP DOODLING

In the mean time, I will keep doodling and I’m sure something fun will emerge and I hope YOU will keep busy doodling and stitching some of my favorites:


 Poinsettia-Free Motion Quilting

 

Holly, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Holly Leaf

String of Beads, FMQ, KennedyThe Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesSpin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingHappy Creative Quilting!

Lori

PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

PPS…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!


Snowmen, FMQ, LCKennedy

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I Love Home BOM and a Giveaway!

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne StevesGood Morning, Quilters!

Have YOU been working on the I Love Home Block of the Month with us?

The project is adorable and the instructions are fabulous!

Jacquelynne Steves Art of Home blog is full of great ideas-be sure to check it out.  This week Jacquelynne has a round up of Snowman projects -and I will add my Snowman Machine Quilting Tutorial HERE)

Snowmen, FMQ, LCKennedy

BORDER AND FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS

This month we add the borders and finish our quilts.  Find the detailed instructions at The Art of Home HERE

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne Steves

MACHINE QUILTING TIPS 

Quilt Density–Remember that the density of the quilting should be even across the quilt, but some areas of the quilt may be more densely quilted than others.

For example, I used a very large version of the Sweetheart Border (Tutorial HERE) around the edges to create contrast.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne Steves

Repeat and Vary-Choose a few motifs and quilt them in different areas of the quilt to unify the quilting design.  You only have to learn a few motifs and you will create a more cohesive looking quilt.  For example, I repeated spirals, twist and hearts frequently within the quilt.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne Steves

Choose a Theme-If you have a theme, like Hearts and Homes, use it to choose your motifs.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne Steves

Add phrases or lettering-I love to add phrases to quilts.  It helps to reinforce your theme and keeps the viewer looking.

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Be willing to modify your plan  -Even when you plan well and create samples, sometimes things don’t work out.  In this quilt, I started with light blue thread to stitch the center blocks.  After one block, I could see that there wasn’t enough contrast.  I changed thread for the other three and will have to tear out the first one (something I rarely do!)  It’s better to fix one block than forge ahead with a mistake and hate your quilt forever!

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne Steves

If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

THERMOWEB GIVEAWAY

This month’s lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Thermoweb!

Here at The Inbox Jaunt, we’ve been talking about the “Quilt Police” and breaking quilt rules, for instance, I wrote about the  easy machine quilting knot I use.

To ENTER the contest, please leave a comment.  Tell us about a quilt “rule” YOU break or one you would like to break!  If you don’t break any rules–just say “Hi”

The contest closes on December 9th and please watch your email and check back here to see if you have won!

MORE THIS WEEK:

We have a busy week here at The Inbox Jaunt…invisible thread, quilt backings, holiday motifs, tree doodles and more!!!!

I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Your Happy Housekeeper,

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. MORE CHANCES TO WIN

POST YOUR PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK

We would love to see your quilts!  Join Jacquelynne’s Facebook group HERE

 

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