Violets-A Modern Whole Cloth Quilt

Violets, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I just LOVE to see what YOU are working on!  Vireya of Weed and Stitch sent me this photo of how she used the Grid Pop design to highlight her beautifully appliquéd basket.  Check out more of Vireya’s work at Weed and Stitch HERE.  Beautiful!!

Vireya's Grid Pop on Applique

Vireya’s Grid Pop on Applique

Have YOU had time to stitch a Violet or two? (yesterday’s tutorial)

Be sure to DOODLE first! (as always!)

VIOLETS ON VIOLET-DENSITY CONTRAST

This small whole cloth quilt of Violets is a good example of Density Contrast.

By surrounding the Humble Violet with more densely stitched echo stitching and swirls, the Violet is able to shine!

This small whole cloth quilt is stitched with Sulky Rayon 40 wt (white) on top and 50 wt Aurifil cotton in the bobbin.  (The combination works like a charm in my BERNINA 770QE).  I used a #90 Topstitch needle to accommodate the heavy weight thread.

To make the Violets pop even more – use thread in a color that matches the background fabric for the echo stitching and background fill=Thread Contrast.

Give Density Contrast a try in YOUR next quilt!

Add Thread Contrast for more “pop”…

Our Humble Violet deserves to shine!

Lori

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The Nutcracker-Act One

Nutcracker, FMQ, Quilting Pattern

Good Morning, Quilters!

Last year I had an idea to make a life-size nutcracker to hang on my wall.

But like most ideas-even good ones–it crashed into the Time Crunch Wall.

So I tucked a few sketches into a folder for 2016…

Nutcracker, FMQ, Quilting Pattern

This is larger than most of my projects, so I have a several technical issues to work out.

But I thought you might like to follow along as I work through the challenges.

Nutcracker, FMQ, Quilting Pattern

The first challenge is to draw an outline of a Nutcracker–a small-scale pattern.

The second challenge is finding the best way to enlarge the pattern.

To the printer?  or just do a scaled drawing?

Nutcracker, FMQ, Quilting Pattern

I’ll let you know more next week…

What about YOU do YOU have any Christmas projects that didn’t make the cut last year?

We’d  LOVE  to hear!

Merry Stitching,

Lori

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The Sunflower Sampler Quilt-a-Long Begins Today!!!

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

For a little change of pace this month we are replacing our Motif Tuesday Tutorials with The Sunflower Sampler Quilt-a-Long!

The finished quilt shown here, is a quilt I stitched several years ago on a piece of hand-dyed fabric.  This will give you a general idea of what we are making, but some of our motifs will be different.  Furthermore, I will offer options for motifs along the way, so your quilt may look quite different.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

ROADMAP

This is the roadmap for where we will finish this week:

There are step-by-step photos of each part, so don’t worry–it’s child’s play!

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

BEGIN WITH A QUILT SANDWICH–ANY SIZE

How big you say?  Any size!  This projects works for any size quilt. I had a piece of orange fabric that  was 21 x 23 inches…so that’s where I started.

If you have a fat quarter–use that.  If your fabric is bigger–that’s fine too!  If you want to make a square–no problem.  If you need a quilt that is 40 x 40–you can do that too!

Make a quilt sandwich.

I used a light cotton batting and spray basted it with Sulky KK2000 Temporary Adhesive Spray  (Sulky’s KK 2000 is my new favorite basting spray–it’s odorless, ozone friendly and sprays more accurately than other adhesives.)

 

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

MARKING

Now you are ready to mark…

Draw a one inch border around the entire quilt.  Do not quilt past this line.   This will give us room for squaring and binding.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

I like to mark my quilts with chalk–it’s easy to see and easy to erase.  This is the Dritz Quilting Chalk Cartridge Set.  It comes with several colors and a sharpener.  (I usually use white.)

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Next, add a 1-1/2 inch border on the inside of the outer (no-quilt) line.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Align a long ruler from corner to corner and mark the diagonals.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Draw the horizontal center line of the quilt by drawing a line perpendicular to the sideline and through the center point of the quilt.  (To find a perpendicular line–place any line of the ruler over the drawn sideline.)

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

In the same way, draw the vertical center line.  Your quilt should now look like this:

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add “tick marks” along the horizontal axes–3 inches to the right of the center and 3 inches to the left of the center.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add tick marks along the vertical axis–4 inches above and 4  inches below the center point.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Sketch in an oval using the tick marks…

This does not have to be perfect.   Once we add the Sunflower’s Petals–it won’t matter at all.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you are finished, your sandwich should look something like this:

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Now the fun begins…

The Quilting!!!  Can’t wait, can YOU???

Lots more quilting, doodling and The Dog and Quilt show this week.  Stay tuned!

SunnyFlower,
Lori

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