Carnations–A Machine Quilting Tutorial

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

It is with great affection that I offer you a new flower motif…

The Carnation is the Flower of the month (Read more here)  Carnations symbolize love, admiration, affection, good luck and a mother’s undying love for her child.

The Carnation is the January birth month flower, the first wedding anniversary flower and the Ohio state flower.  It’s simple beauty and fragrant scent make it one of the most popular flowers worldwide.

And I know YOU are going to LOVE quilting this pretty motif!

THE CARNATION-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing three parallel lines equidistant apart.  Use any size that fits YOUR quilt.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the middle line.  Stitch on the line several stitches then swoop to the right line.  Stitch on the right line several stitches then stop with the needle in the down position.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Taper slightly at the tip and echo stitch the swoop–back to the centerline.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch over to the left line and stitch on that line several stitches.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Echo stitch back to the centerline.  Stitch along the centerline several stitches.  (In the sample below, the distance between the pairs of leaves is approx 3/4 – 1 inch.)

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch another set of leaves.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Add a third set of leaves.  Then stitch on the center line.  Add a small circle (stitch clockwise) to start the flower, then add a wavy line around the circle (stitching counter clockwise.)

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Switch direction at the stem ( do not crossover the stem)  Stitch clockwise to create another wavy line.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Switch directions at the stem, stitching clockwise, begin another wavy line…..

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

At the centerline, stop and stitch on the centerline to begin the next flower in the row.

NOTE-This creates an asymmetrical flower-but don’t worry–it still looks great!

Add as many rows of wavy line “petals” as is necessary to fill your border or background.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

And as always—DOODLE FIRST!

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

“The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.”  —William Wordsworth

Happy Stitching our first Flower of the Month–The Carnation!

#flowersinwinter

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!

Sunflower Sampler-Finishing the Background

Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m so happy to hear how enthusiastic you all have been about our Sunflower Samplers!  Seems many of you are experiencing great success!  So let’s continue right along by finishing the background.

(Find all of the previous Sunflower Sampler lessons HERE)

Today we are going to complete the background fills.

DESIGN CONTRAST

Fill the background with alternating Curvy and Straight motifs.  

Alternating curvy and straight motifs gives the design contrast–Read more about Design Contrast HERE.

Contrast makes each section more visible.

Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Try Starry Night

Starry Night-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

And The Oyster Shell

 

Oyster Shell Free Motion Quilting

Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Then fill in the remaining sections with zig zag quilting.

 

Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

And Straight Line Quilting
Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Doesn’t that look FABULOUS???

Next week we will add the finishing touches on our Sunflower Sampler including the borders and corner squares.

And then we’ll look at  a few variations.

PLUS--A Sunflower Sampler Quilt Show (with prizes) for “Reader’s Choice”!

Can’t wait to see what YOU create!!!

Sunny Quilting!

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.

 

Sunflower Sampler–Adding Curvy Fills

Sunflower FMQ Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

We’re stitching right a long on our Sunflower Samplers, but first I want to answer your questions about thread.

BOBBIN THREAD AND NEEDLE

I have been using Aurifil, 28 weight cotton for the Sunflower Sampler and for the Annie Smith project (see yesterday’s post)  Whenever I use heavy weight thread on top, I use a lighter weight thread in the bobbin.  I use Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin.  This allows the top thread to win the tension “tug-of-war” more readily and it lasts longer than a heavy weight thread would.  As for color, I usually match the color of thread with the top thread.  If there are any areas where the tension is not perfect, it will not be noticeable.

A Topstitch 90 needle is my “go-to” needle for FMQ.  It has a very large eye, a sharp point and it has a deep groove in the shaft of the needle that helps protect the thread from breakage.  I

Sunflower Sampler, Week Four

SUNFLOWER SAMPLER

If you have been following along, your Sunflower is stitched and two sections have been filled with linear designs.  If you need to catch up here are the links?

Week One-Marking

Week Two-Stitch the Center

Week Three-Stitch the Petals

Week Four-Linear Fills

CURVY FILLS

This week we are going to add curvy designs next to the linear fills.  Choose any curvy design YOU like.  I added Pebbles in the right corner.

Be sure to tuck those little circles into the petals to give them more definition.

If you’d like an easier option, try Flower Power.

Sunflower FMQ Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower FMQ Sampler, Lori Kennedy

In the upper left corner add another curvy design.

You can repeat whatever you added in the opposite corner–Pebbles or Flower Power, or pick a new curvy design.  I used The Dizzy Daisy.

Sunflower FMQ Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower FMQ Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Your quilt will look something like this:

Sunflower FMQ Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Love!

Happy Quilting,

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!