The Baby Carriage-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Baby Carriage

Good Morning, Quilters-Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunties, God Mothers, and Babysitters!

Any new babies coming in 2017?

If so-the Baby Carriage machine quilt motif is perfect for you!  Stitch a row of carriages to fill a border or add a single carriage in a block.

THE BABY CARRIAGE-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing four evenly spaced parallel lines to fit your border.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the second line from the top.  Stitch a bowl shape.  Stop stitching –with the needle in the down position.

Stitch along the line to create a semi-circle.

Stitch a curved line to the top line, then stitch straight down.

Stitch three or four scallops along the vertical line–then begin echo stitching the “hood” of the carriage.

Echo stitch the left side of the carriage then curl around to begin the wheel.

Spiral in (clockwise) and spiral out (counter-clockwise)-then take a few stitches under the carriage.

(NOTE–If your Spirals aren’t perfect–don’t worry–messy spirals look great too!)

Stitch the front wheel–Spiral counter-clockwise in to the center, then clockwise out–again don’t worry about perfect spirals!

Echo stitch the front of the Baby Carriage then add a spiral handle.

Over stitch the handle–and echo stitch the centerline of the Baby Carriage, or….

Overstitch the handle to begin the next Baby Carriage in the row…

Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Baby Carriage

It’s the Perfect Perambulator!

Shhh–Baby’s sleeping–you know what that means–

It’s time to quilt!!!

Lori

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Quick Tip–Machine Quilting

 

Happy Monday, Quilters!

Just a Quick Tip for free motion quilting a smooth line...

When free motion quilting,  your hands form a “hoop”.  You can move the “hoop” left or right and up and down, but when you need to move your hands —to change the position of your “hoop”–STOP STITCHING!

Many beginners try to move their hand position while quilting.

It is nearly impossible to maintain a smooth stitching line while moving both your hands and the quilt.

So if  YOU are trying to move your hands, move your quilt, watch TV, plan dinner….

Consider doing one thing at a time-

YOUR ASSIGNMENT–sit down at your sewing machine and give it a try.

You might also like this:  The Myth of Multitasking

#onethingatatime

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

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Carnations–A Machine Quilting Tutorial

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

It is with great affection that I offer you a new flower motif…

The Carnation is the Flower of the month (Read more here)  Carnations symbolize love, admiration, affection, good luck and a mother’s undying love for her child.

The Carnation is the January birth month flower, the first wedding anniversary flower and the Ohio state flower.  It’s simple beauty and fragrant scent make it one of the most popular flowers worldwide.

And I know YOU are going to LOVE quilting this pretty motif!

THE CARNATION-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing three parallel lines equidistant apart.  Use any size that fits YOUR quilt.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the middle line.  Stitch on the line several stitches then swoop to the right line.  Stitch on the right line several stitches then stop with the needle in the down position.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Taper slightly at the tip and echo stitch the swoop–back to the centerline.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch over to the left line and stitch on that line several stitches.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Echo stitch back to the centerline.  Stitch along the centerline several stitches.  (In the sample below, the distance between the pairs of leaves is approx 3/4 – 1 inch.)

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch another set of leaves.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Add a third set of leaves.  Then stitch on the center line.  Add a small circle (stitch clockwise) to start the flower, then add a wavy line around the circle (stitching counter clockwise.)

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Switch direction at the stem ( do not crossover the stem)  Stitch clockwise to create another wavy line.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Switch directions at the stem, stitching clockwise, begin another wavy line…..

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

At the centerline, stop and stitch on the centerline to begin the next flower in the row.

NOTE-This creates an asymmetrical flower-but don’t worry–it still looks great!

Add as many rows of wavy line “petals” as is necessary to fill your border or background.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

And as always—DOODLE FIRST!

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

“The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.”  —William Wordsworth

Happy Stitching our first Flower of the Month–The Carnation!

#flowersinwinter

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!