Instead of Stippling….Try This!

Blue Flowers, FMQGood Morning, Quilters!

Are you tired of stippling or meandering?

Or–are you like me–and find stippling difficult to motor plan?

Try stitching straight line fills between motifs!

In this little quilt, I used the same thread (40 wt Sulky Rayon) to stitch the flowers and the background fill.   You could stitch the background using a finer weight thread like Sulky’s Poly Deco or Superior MicroQuilter.

Blue Flowers, FMQ

Make a quick sample to see which effect you prefer!

I’m gardening this week–have to soak up all the summer I can!

#MinnesotaSummerstooshort

Hope YOU are in YOUR garden today!

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!Dandelion Quilt

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Loose Screws-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I don’t want any commentary from the peanut gallery–(especially family…)–about the name of today’s tutorial…

Before we get to work…

QUIZ–FREE MOTION MACHINE QUILTING 1-2-3

Many of you have received your copies of The Book…

Now the question is…how many of YOU read it thoroughly?

Did YOU read the Dedication page?  (It’s one of the last pages of the book….?)

I’m not telling….YOU will have to see for yourself!

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

Personalized copies from, The Inbox Jaunt Shop HERE

Also available in print and Kindle editions at Amazon HERE

BERNINA AMBASSADOR BLOG TOUR

We continue our “Make New Friends” series with the BERNINA Ambassador blog tour…

Yesterday we met Kelly Ashton, Lynn Carson Harris, Diane Doran and Melody Crust...

Today you are in for a real treat!

Kathy Delaney (Appliqué)

Christa Watson, (Modern piecing and machine quilting), and

Mandy Leins, (Modern Long Arm quilting)

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Now don’t be gone too long….

We have a FEW LOOSE SCREWS to Machine Quilt!

Begin by drawing parallel lines–In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Stitch a wavy line along the drawn line, then stitch a clockwise loop.

 

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue stitch clockwise…

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Around and around…as many times as you like.

Two or three looks nice…

But so does five, six, seven….

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

As you approach the drawn line…stitch another wavy line and begin a counter clockwise spiral…

(Does this look musical to anyone????–we may have a new motif in the works!?!)

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a full row of Loose Screws from Edge to Edge…

Then add more rows…

The spirals can be all different sizes.

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Be sure to Doodle first! 

And get right on this one–we need it for next week’s tutorial–The Daffodil!

If you like Loose Screws--you may also like Silly Spirals

They are similar-Silly Spirals are a little easier to learn because there is a place to stop and think before your begin the Spirals.  On the other hand, Loose Screws are a little more challenging to learn, but once you do, they are faster to stitch!

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I know I say this all the time…but I think both of these motifs are my new favorites!

What about YOU?

Do YOU have any new favorites?

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!

May I Recommend?….The BIG Practice Sandwich!

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 is on its way!!! Some of you may even have received YOUR copy!!!

I can’t wait to hear what YOU think!!!

And even more…I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

MAY I RECOMMEND….

When you open up YOUR book and a motif starts singing YOUR name...

Get right to your sewing machine!

Sit right next to your  machine and doodle...

Then stitch the motif!

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Don’t do what I have done way too often…

Don’t practice on small scrap sandwiches

Quilt Practice Sandwiches

Make yourself one BIG quilt sandwich.

As big as you can manage comfortably–45 inch square??

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Practice all the motifs and try new things on one BIG QUILT SANDWICH.

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

When you are finished…you’ll have a big piece of quilted fabric to fashion into something else:

  • Quilt
  • Market Bag
  • Pillow
  • Drawer Liner

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Look for YOUR copy of Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 at your Local Quilt Store-

I just heard fromBear Patch Quilting Co in White Bear Lake, MN--They have copies in stock!

Autographed books are available from my Etsy shop:  The Inbox Jaunt Shop

And Amazon has print and Kindle copies ready to ship…

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

THANK YOU!  THANK YOU…from the bottom of my heart…

For all of your kind words, support and enthusiasm!!!

And for sharing my passion!

I can’t wait to see what YOU create!!!

ILOVEFMQ

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!