The Poppies Machine Quilting Tutorial

 

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesGood Morning, Quilters!

Oh the drama of Poppies!  There are very few flowers that have the visual impact of this ornamental flower.  Poppies are a symbol of the fallen soldier on Remembrance Day and they also symbolize peace.  If your birthday is in August, Poppies are your birth flower!

When quilting Poppies–be sure to stitch them very large to capture their dramatic essence!

THE POPPY-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching the edge of one of the petals–a short line. (NOTE-since this is a background fill or allover motif–we are not starting in the center.)

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Poppies

Add a large oval, then stitch the first full petal.

 

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Add several more large petals around the central oval.
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Complete the petals and stitch toward the center oval.Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesStitch around the oval with a jagged, scribbly line.Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesClosely echo stitch around the petals to add more definition to the Poppy.Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesAdd another row of close echo stitching to travel to the area where you would like to begin the next Poppy.

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesDo not worry if the petals of the Poppies are odd shapes–they will look like they overlap.    It is more important to keep the Poppies very close together than it is to make perfectly shaped petals.

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THREAD, NEEDLE, BATTING, MACHINE

For this tutorial, I used:

Warm and Natural cotton batting.  I love this low loft batting for art quilts and table runners.

 28wt Aurifil cotton thread on top.  It is heavier weight and the flowers really “pop” (pun intended).  For all 28 wt thread- a size 90/14 needle is required (my favorite is the Topstitch needle--it has a big eye and a deep groove to protect the thread.)

Sulky Rayon 40wt or Superior Magnifico 40wt polyester would also have been good choices.

In the bobbin, I always use Aurifil 50 wt cotton--my sewing machine just loves it!

As always, I stitched this tutorial on my domestic sewing machine, the Fabulous BERNINA 770QE–it creates gorgeous stitches and the bobbin system makes tension adjustments a breeze!

POPPY DOODLES

Remember…if you can’t doodle it, you can’t stitch it–so get those pencils, pens and markers out!!

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May YOUR day be filled with YOUR favorite color!

(better that than…

May YOUR day be filled with drama!

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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Take the Pledge! Open Line Friday

Good Morning, Quilters!

In the last lesson of my new Craftsy video:  Creating a Quilting Plan, Approaches for Any Quilt, I offer a challenge to YOU and to myself.

The challenge is to finish one quilt before you start piecing another one.

That means you must choose one quilt and quilt it, bind it and label it…BEFORE you buy another pattern, begin piecing another quilt top or start another project!
Craftsy: Creating a Quilting Plan

Before you can even create a quilting plan, you must plan to quilt!

Choose one quilt–either choose a quilt that is really important to you OR choose a quilt that you are really excited about right now--one that is calling your name–(is it calling or begging?)

I am as guilty of this as anyone!  Maybe even more so!

Today, I am making a pledge.  I will complete my Boxes and Vines quilt that I started more than five years ago and added the last border one year ago.  I will quilt it.  Bind it. Label it. and Sleep under it–before I begin any other quilts

By saying that today I have over 10,000 Accountability Partners!

YOU will hold me to my promise.

I finished stabilizing the quilt last week and I will show you weekly updates.

What about YOU?

Would YOU like 10,000 Accountability Partners?  If so, JOIN US!!! Take the pledge! (It won’t hurt, I promise!)

Make your declaration!  Say it in BOLD LETTERS!

What quilt will YOU commit to completing today?

We’d LOVE to hear!!!

#fromfoldedtofinished

#nomoreUFOs

Lori

PS…If you are looking for a jumpstart, check out my new Craftsy mini class:  Creating a Quilting Plan:  Approaches for Any Quilt  It is a real bargain at $9.99 and you can learn a lot in one hour!  BE SURE to download the Class Materials:  The Quilting Roadmap, The Design Worksheet, and the Quilt Evaluation!!!

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Work in Progress–Poppies

Good Morning, Quilters!

I am behind on so many things…the dusting, cleaning cabinets, covering my roses…

One of the things that bothers me the most is being behind on The Flower of the Month Tutorials!

I am working on the August flower of the month–The Poppy.

After doodling several iterations in my sketchbook,  I came up with a continuous line design I liked.

Next, I tried stitching The Poppy.

CHOOSING THREAD

When I think of a poppy, I think of a dramatic red flower with black accents, so I stitched The Poppy on red fabric with a variegated black and white thread.  (Seemed like a good plan…)

I was really happy with the results, until….

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Yesterday I had Aurifil 28wt white cotton on my sewing machine so I tried The Poppy with the thicker, more contrasting thread.

What a difference!

The boldness of the contrasting thread re-creates the dramatic essence of poppies.

The motif looks even better than the earlier version in black thread.

Now I can’t wait to make a quilt with these bold flowers!

Step-by-step tutorial next Tuesday.
What about YOU?

My sisters (who are knitters) always ask “What’s on YOUR Needles?”

I guess the machine quilter’s version would be “What’s under YOUR needle?”

Any garden surprises?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Your Dramatic Queen Quilter,

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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