Design Decision or Just Plain ‘Ole Procrastination?

The Inbox Jaunt, Lori Kennedy, Machine QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

I’m working on a new banner for my sewing room!

First, I stabilized around the center squares.  Next, I stitched in the ditch around all of the letters.

The Inbox Jaunt, Lori Kennedy, Machine QuiltingThen it was time to tackle the borders.

The wide, solid colored border just begged for a little “Divide and Conquer”!

I decided to add a fancy “frame” around the center rectangle to soften the edges.

Instead of just stitching the “frame”, I used the String of Pearls motif to add a little more interest to the line.The Inbox Jaunt, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

I added a cluster of flowers at each corner…

Lori Kennedy, machine quilting, flowersAnd now I’m not sure what to do next…

Fill in with more flowers…

Switch to a different design…

Leave the inner frame area “open”?

Lori Kennedy, machine quilting, flowersFor now I will just give it a rest…

But sometimes you just have to make a decision and go for it because…

I know myself.

In the guise of “considering my design choices”, I can procrastinate my way into another UFO!!!

I know…I will set a deadline.

I will finish this by Friday and YOU will hold me accountable!

What about YOU?

What do YOU do when a project stalls?

How do YOU jump-start a project?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

Lollygagging  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!

 

 

The Open Leaf with Spiral-Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Today we are going to review one of the earliest motifs offered here at The Inbox Jaunt–it is a “fan favorite”–The Open leaf with Spiral.

Last week we looked at Four Secrets to Better Spirals HERE

This week we use that Spiral in a leaf motif–gorgeous!

Open Leaf with S;iral, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Begin by drawing three parallel lines.  Begin stitching on the center line.

Stitch along the center line a few stitches, then sweep to the right drawn line.  Stitch along the right drawn line for several stitches.

Taper down slightly, brush the middle drawn line and curl in.  Stop with your needle in the down position.Open Leaf with S;iral, Lori Kennedy, Machine QuiltingEcho stitch the spiral and stop on the center line.  Sweep to the left side line.

Stitch down toward the center line and curl into the center.  Echo stitch the curl back to the center line.

Alternate right and left leaves to complete the design.Be sure to use careful stitching technique to keep the spacing between the leaves even.

Lovely!

What’s growing in your garden?  Any pretty vines?

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!

 

Open Line Friday–Do YOU Stabilize Your Quilts?

Nine Patch QuiltGood Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to Open Line Friday!  Everyone asks….Everyone Answers!

We have more than 10,000 experts from all areas of quilting and great minds don’t always think alike!

(BTW…I want to thank (and curse) all of you for your help on my English Paper Piecing questions.  Great advice and links for me to follow…for hours into the night!–If you missed it, check out the comments English Paper Piecing HERE.)

STABILIZING

Today I would like to hear YOUR ideas on stabilizing,

What works for YOU…what doesn’t….

Do YOU stabilize your quilts before you begin free motion quilting?

Please join the discussion!

MY STABILIZING METHOD

After the quilt is layered and basted…

(I used Warm and White Cotton batting for this quilt because it has white blocks and I didn’t want to discolor with a darker batting.)
Warm and White Batting,

I like to stitch in the ditch along the major blocks using a fine weight thread-so the stitching line is almost invisible.

Read all about Stabilizing Quilts HERE

Nine Patch QuiltStabilizing is adding another type of basting–only it is not removed.
Nine Patch QuiltTHE ADVANTAGE OF STABILIZING

Once the quilt is stabilized it can be quilted in any order.  You don’t have to quilt it from the center out.  Also, as you are scrunching and moving the quilt the layers can’t shift.  Nine Patch QuiltThis is one of my favorite things….
Nine Patch Quilt

A blank canvas…ready for quilting!!!

What about YOU?

Do YOU stabilize your quilts?

What is YOUR method?

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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