Back to School Quilting

The Perfect Pencil, free motion quiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Summer passes all too quickly…

The only consolation–Back to School means two things:  school supplies (I LOVE School Supplies!  and more time to quilt!

Craftsy is hosting a FREE one day, All-you-can-watch,  Back to School event on September 4th.  Learn more HERE   

It’s a great opportunity to try a variety of classes!

American Quilter Magazine

Be sure to check out American Quilter Magazine–The Sweetheart Apple and so much more!

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FIVE BACK-TO-SCHOOL MOTIFS

Add a little “touch of class” to your quilts this month with a Back-to-School motif.

Or just doodle the motif onto your calendar, notebook, homework….

The Perfect Pencil (Dixon Ticonderogas of course!)
The Perfect Pencil, free motion quiltingScissors
Scissors, Free Motion Quilted

A is for Apple

Apple Free Motion Quilt TutorialQuiting the AlphabetAlphabet Free Motion Quilting
The Apple CoreApple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

CREATE YOUR OWN COMPOSITION

Combine the motifs in rows to create a horizontal composition–an easy way to design a whole cloth quilt–as seen in my Craftsy video, Divide and Conquer:  Creative Free Motion Quilting.

Machine Quilting, Teachers, Motifs, Pencils, Apple, Worm

What about YOU?

Do YOU love school supplies?

Have YOU used any of these motifs on a quilt?  How did YOU use them?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Praying for Texas,

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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A Backward Glance-A Style Shift

 

Welsh Leaf, Free Motion Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

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A BACKWARD GLANCE

Last week I wrote about Diane Gaudynski and how her work inspired me to begin machine quilting--read more HERE.

I learned precision feathers, stippling and grid work and copied her style to the extent that I could.

Then I saw a Welsh quilt in a magazine…

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial, The Welsh Leaf

WELSH QUILTING

The Welsh hand quilting tradition dates between 1850-1930.  Most of the quilters were widows of men who died in the coal mines.  They were amazingly creative, but perfection was not important.

Read more about Welsh Quilting HERE

and be sure to watch Jen Jones describe the history of the quilts HERE.

Her perspective on perfection and quilting is very interesting!
Free Motion Quilting Tutorial, The Welsh Leaf

SHIFTING STYLE and a NEW MOTTO

Once I allowed myself to let go of perfection in machine quilting, I began to have more fun.  The way I worked changed-less time marking and more time stitching.   I allowed myself to doodle on the fabric. Even if the motifs weren’t perfect–they were fun to look at (well, some were…)

Remember my motto:  If YOU have fun while you are quilting, that JOY will be reflected in your quilts!

Try The Welsh Leaf motif HERE

ON COPYING A STYLE

When you first delve into machine quilting, it is necessary to copy a style-that is how you learn.  As you quilt more, YOUR style will evolve. YOU will find a way to work that suits your personality, equipment, and work choices–embrace it!

What about YOU?  Have you noticed a shift in YOUR quilting style?

Have YOU changed how you work over the past five years?

Are there some styles of quilting you have eliminated or embraced?

We’d LOVE to hear!

The Happy Quilter,

Lori

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!

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YOUR Favorite Motifs

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Did YOU see the eclipse yesterday?

I noticed the unusual light for more than an hour, but was unable to see the eclipse….

YOUR FAVORITE TUESDAY TUTORIALS

When I look back through my blogging statistics, there are several tutorials that are YOUR favorites:  Dizzy Daisy, Beginner Loops and Woodgrain.
The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingWoodgrain, Free Motion QuiltingAnd just like I don’t have a favorite child, I don’t have a favorite motif…

But I do have a few I use most frequently…Coming soon!

What about YOU?

What are YOUR three favorite motifs?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Stitching,

Lori

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!

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