Machine Quilting Quick Tip! Plan Your Quilting with a Vinyl Sheet!

 

Machine Quilt Design TipsGood Morning, Quilters!

After a week away–teaching at the John C Campbell Folk School and at Quilt Market in Houston– it seems fitting that this week, I am working on the I Heart Home Quilt with Jacquelynne Steves.  (Stay tuned for another block of the month pattern and giveaway– Monday, November 6)…

CREATING A QUILTING PLAN

To plan the quilting, I tried a method suggested by a reader of The Inbox Jaunt— doodle the motifs on a sheet of clear vinyl.

Machine Quilt Design Tips

I purchased 12 gauge clear vinyl by the yard at my local fabric store.  I cut a large square and zig zagged a fabric border around it.

(The trim helps you see the edge so you don’t write off the edge and onto your quilt!)

When I was teaching last week, a student at the Folk School (thank you, Susan!) recommended adding “Do Not Write” on one side to prevent residual ink getting on your quilt.

(Unfortunately, I failed to heed the notice–LOL!)Machine Quilt Design Tips

I experimented with both Dry Erase and Wet Erase pens and found both worked equally well.Machine Quilt Design Tips

AUDITIONING MOTIFS

Once I had my vinyl prepared and chose a pen, I was ready to try a few designs.

I was able to erase and start over very quickly.

I auditioned several options and soon had a plan.
Machine Quilt Design TipsMachine Quilt Design TipsThen I used chalk to free hand draw it onto my quilt.

(I like the Dritz chalk holder for marking)Design Tips, Lori KennedyIn just a few minutes I was ready to stitch away!!!
Machine Quilt Design TipsI am really thrilled with this low tech way to audition quilt motifs and hope you will give it a try as well!

What about YOU?

How do YOU audition quilt motifs?

Have YOU ever used clear vinyl sheets?

Do YOU have another method?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Doodling Away,

Lori

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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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I Love Home-Block One and a Giveaway!

 

Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OneGood Afternoon, Quilters!

Welcome to all the quilters joining us from the I Love Home blog hop!

Today is the first day of the Jacquelynne Steves Block of the month project.  There are eight quilters participating–a great chance to see one quilt completed eight different ways as well as an opportunity to meet 8 new bloggers!  WIN-WIN!

Speaking of WIN–each month YOU will have an opportunity to win great prizes by visiting new websites.

All of the patterns are offered at Jacquelyn’s’ website FREE!  Just sign up at The Art of Home HERE.

BLOCK ONE

When you sign up you will receive the pattern for Block One today.  (The other blocks will be available FREE each month).

https://jacquelynnesteves.comAs you can see, I changed the color way.  I used a medium blue fabric in the center because I plan to machine quilt (with a Aurifil 28wt cotton thread) the motifs in the center of each block– (most quilters are appliquéing the houses in the center).

Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OneAURIFIL THREAD GIVEAWAY

Aurifil Thread is sponsoring the  Block One giveaway!  Thank you, Aurifil! Aurifil 50wt cotton is the perfect thread to use in both the bobbin and on top when piecing this lovely quilt.  When we begin quilting it, my choice is 28wt cotton by Aurifil–the heavier weight shows our quilted line better!

Win one of the thread collections by leaving a comment at an of the designers who are participating in the blog hop.  YOU have eight chances to win!  You must leave a comment by August 14!

Aurifil Thread GiveawayA FEW TIPS

Time Saving Techniques

The center of the four blocks are all the same, so it will save time if you stitch four at once.
Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OneThe corner squares are all the same as well--so stitch all 16!
Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OnePIECING TIPS

Thread:

I always piece with Aurifil 50 wt in both the top and the bobbin.  We will use the heavier weight-Aurifil (28wt) cotton when we begin machine quilting. (More on that to come)

Machine Set-up

For best piecing technique, be sure to use a single hole throat plate.  The smaller hole helps support the fabric from below and the needle can pierce the fabric more readily–less jamming and better stitch formation.

A Favorite Tool

Have your stiletto handy–it really helps feed the pieces through the machine–especially as you feed each new piece under the presser foot.

Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block One

When you’re done, give the block a quick pressing and admire your work!
Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block One
Be sure to check back frequently-

We will be doodling some options for the center block quilting–to make our quilts look like HOME!

Happy Homemaking!

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!