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.

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

 

 

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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Machine Quilting Quick Tip! Plan Your Quilting with a Vinyl Sheet!

 

Machine Quilt Design TipsGood Morning, Quilters!

After a week away–teaching at the John C Campbell Folk School and at Quilt Market in Houston– it seems fitting that this week, I am working on the I Heart Home Quilt with Jacquelynne Steves.  (Stay tuned for another block of the month pattern and giveaway– Monday, November 6)…

CREATING A QUILTING PLAN

To plan the quilting, I tried a method suggested by a reader of The Inbox Jaunt— doodle the motifs on a sheet of clear vinyl.

Machine Quilt Design Tips

I purchased 12 gauge clear vinyl by the yard at my local fabric store.  I cut a large square and zig zagged a fabric border around it.

(The trim helps you see the edge so you don’t write off the edge and onto your quilt!)

When I was teaching last week, a student at the Folk School (thank you, Susan!) recommended adding “Do Not Write” on one side to prevent residual ink getting on your quilt.

(Unfortunately, I failed to heed the notice–LOL!)Machine Quilt Design Tips

I experimented with both Dry Erase and Wet Erase pens and found both worked equally well.Machine Quilt Design Tips

AUDITIONING MOTIFS

Once I had my vinyl prepared and chose a pen, I was ready to try a few designs.

I was able to erase and start over very quickly.

I auditioned several options and soon had a plan.
Machine Quilt Design TipsMachine Quilt Design TipsThen I used chalk to free hand draw it onto my quilt.

(I like the Dritz chalk holder for marking)Design Tips, Lori KennedyIn just a few minutes I was ready to stitch away!!!
Machine Quilt Design TipsI am really thrilled with this low tech way to audition quilt motifs and hope you will give it a try as well!

What about YOU?

How do YOU audition quilt motifs?

Have YOU ever used clear vinyl sheets?

Do YOU have another method?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Doodling Away,

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!

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Personalizing Quilts with Handwriting

Quilted CursiveGood Morning, Quilters!

Looking for a great way to personalize your quilts?  Use your handwriting!  There are a variety of ways you can use handwriting in quilting.

First, mark your quilts with evenly spaced lines (Chalk is my favorite marker) and stitch rows of cursive as a background fill.  Stitch a song, poem, or recipe, or list the recipients favorite things.

Another way to personalize a quilt–tuck little messages in among the other quilting motifs.  Tell the recipient “You, are the bees knees!”  or “I’m over the moon for you!”

Free Motion Quilting, HandwritingI love this technique.  Not only does it add a personal note, it records YOUR handwriting.

YOUR family will cherish the quilt forever!

What about YOU?

Have YOU ever added a hidden message in a quilt?

What did you write?

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!

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