How to Use those Practice Pieces

Lori Kennedy Machine Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

Practice! Practice! Practice!

You “hear” me say it all the time…I write it all the time and I hope you hear me–

“YOU can do this!…It just takes practice!”  

Then I tell you–practice on fabric you love-because subconsciously your work will be better….

Now what do you do with all those beautiful quilt sandwiches on pretty fabric?

Last week I recommended creating The Big Practice Sandwich HERE

And several of YOU recommended making zipper pouches.

Reader, Colleen Lang sent photos of her practice sandwich zipper pouches.

Fabulous!

Colleen Lang, Zipper Pouch

I was inspired!
Colleen Lang, Zipper Pouch

Over the weekend, when I should have been dusting…

I pulled out some quilt sandwiches and Zippers I purchased from Craftsy

I did a quick Google search for “zipper pouches”–there are hundreds…

Lori Kennedy Quilting, Tula Pink Scissors

 

In one short morning, I completed three zipper bags….

Next time, I plan to try a boxy version from BERNINA’s We All Sew HERE

Speaking of BERNINA….

Lori Kennedy, Zipper Pouch

BERNINA BLOG HOP CONTINUES

Check out these fabulous BERNINA Ambassadors:

Sandy Fitzpatrick Machine Applique, Machine Quilting
Beth Ferrier Machine Applique, Piecing
Cheryl Sleboda Heirloom Sewing Techniques, Technology in Quilting

Lori Kennedy, Zipper Pouch

I know YOU will be inspired…

And you’ll probably end up with more practice pieces!

Happy Stitching!

Lori

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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!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Top of the Mornin’ to YOU, Quilters!

I hope YOUR day is filled with little pieces of gold, corned beef and cabbage, parades, green beer AND

Green Quilting!!!

To get you started, check out my Shamrock machine quilting video–on my Amazon Author page HERE

Bernina, Free motion quilting, shamrock, geranium, stencil

(To read more about how I made the quilt above and below–including the stencil info, read HERE)

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.”

Bernina, Free motion quilting, shamrock, geranium, stencil

Shamrock Stencil

“You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.”

St. Patrick's Day, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

“May you get all your wishes but one, so you’ll always have something to strive for!”

Shamrock Free Motion Quilting, Giveaway

“May your home always be too small to hold your friends.”  (and your closets too small to hide all your fabric!)

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

The Shamrock

“May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint–

a FAT QUARTER!!!

Have a happy day!

Lori O’MotionFree

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use.  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!