The Spooky Bat-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Machine Quilting Tutorial, Bat, HalloweenGood Morning, Quilters!

Just in time for Halloween- we have bats in our belfry!

Bats have been associated with Halloween ever since Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula could transform into a bat to get the girl or to get away…spooky!

But I don’t think that really happens?!

Bats are amazing mammals–

Read 13 Amazing Facts about Bats here...

(It does not list anything about changing into Dracula..so I pretty confident that it’s not true.)

THE SPOOKY BAT MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing three parallel lines.  In the sample below, the lines are 1-1/2 inch apart.

Begin stitching on the middle line.  Stitch a wavy line, then add an oval along the drawn line.  Stop on top.

Spooky Bats, Machine Quilting, Tutorial

Stitch several stitches on the left side of the oval, then add a shallow scallop.

Add three or four small scallops to create the bat’s wing.Stitch over the top of the bat’s “head”–stitching over the previous line of stitching.Spooky Bats, Machine Quilting, TutorialAdd a shallow scallop toward the right guideline.Add three to four small scallops to complete the bat’s right wing.

Stitch on the oval to the bottom of the bat to complete the motif.

Add a wavy line to begin the next bat in the row.Spooky Bats, Machine Quilting, Tutorial
Stitch offset rows of bats to fill a background, or add loops between the bats to create an all over motif (not shown).
Spooky Bats, Machine Quilting, Tutorial

Spooky, but easy!!!

Turn on a Halloween movie and start stitching!

What’s YOUR favorite Halloween movie?

(Mine is The Sandlot–in other words…I don’t have a favorite Halloween movie-I HATE to be scared!)

What about YOU?

Do YOU like scary movies?

What’s YOUR favorite movie in the fall?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

Creepy Crawley-Kennedy

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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Do YOU Pre-Wash Before Quilting?

Good Morning, Quilters!

Do YOU pre-wash your fabrics or your batting before quilting?

While preparing for my upcoming Craftsy video (for release in November 2017), I made several samples-and compared washed versus unwashed. 

I was very surprised to see the amount of shrinkage on every type of batting when the fabric was not pre-washed.

The photo above shows two samples stitched with the same batting, backing and fabrics.  In this small sample-14-1/2 inches–the shrinkage was about 3/8-1/2 of an inch!

In addition to the overall shrinkage–and because of it–the quilting motifs look different.  Shrinkage is neither a good or a bad thing–but it is important to understand so you won’t be disappointed with the finished look of your quilt.

I still have more samples to make:

My next sample will be to pre-wash all of the fabrics and not the batting.

And then another sample, pre-wash the fabrics and pre-wash the batting. (Washing the batting can be a challenge.)

What about YOU?

Do YOU pre-wash your fabric?

Do YOU pre-wash your batting?

Do YOU make samples?

Have YOU ever been disappointed in a quilt after it was washed?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Still investigating….

Lori Poirot  (say that five times fast!)

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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Excited About an Iron!?

Cordless Iron

Good Morning, Quilters!

I must confess, ironing is like dusting to me–I rarely see the need–unless I’m quilting, of course!  I will throw my clothes away  in the dryer for a few minutes if ironing is required.

Whenever I go to a quilt show or market,  I scour the shops for exciting new supplies, notions, ideas…

Last month, at Quilt Expo in Wisconsin, this little gem caught my eye.  A cordless iron–the Panasonic Freestyle Cordless Iron!   

Now that is exciting!!!

Part of my frustration with ironing is the cord.  It is always in my way!  No more twirling and twisting to get the cord out-of-the-way!  And, won’t this be great when you’ve basted a quilt and you see a few spots that need ironing?  Or when you just need a little spot pressing and you don’t want to drag your entire quilt over to the ironing board?  You won’t need to get an extension cord!  Perfect!

The only thing that is different (besides the missing cord)–you have to put the iron in the base every time you set it down-to re-heat. The shop owner was extolling the virtues of the pointy shape–pointy on both ends, not just one.  I’m not sure that has helped me in anyway…but it hasn’t hurt either.  I have only owned this iron for a few weeks but I  love it already!  I talked to a friend who has owned hers for more than a year and she is very happy with it!

I guess what’s old is new again!

Using Starch, Sizing, Best Press in QuiltingWhat about YOU?

Do YOU hate to iron?  Do YOU iron outside of quilting?

Or do YOU LOVE to iron–I have several family members that iron for pleasure!

We’d LOVE to hear!

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Happier Pressing!

Lori

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