Reporting from Minnesota Quilt Show

Lion King, Cherrywood Challenge

Good Morning, Quilters!

I am teaching at the Minnesota Quilt Show in Duluth, Minnesota–and having a great time!  I’ve met a lot of new people, viewed rooms full of gorgeous quilts and am allowed to talk about my favorite subject for four straight days in the BERNINA classroom!  Pinch me!

Lion King, Cherrywood Challenge

Today–a few pictures from the Cherrywood Lion King Challenge exhibit.

Lion King, Cherrywood Challenge

Each quilt is just 20 x 20 inches and as you can see, they are spectacular!!!
Lion King, Cherrywood Challenge

The next challenge is a Van Gogh challenge!! I can’t wait to see it…

In the mean time, I treated myself to some of their gorgeous hand dyed fabric.

I’m not sure I will ever be able to cut them up.

I will probably put the stack on my nightstand and pet it every night.

I know YOU know what I’m talking about….

Do YOU ever buy fabric that is just to pretty to put a rotary cutter to?

Happy Quilting!

I’ll be back next week renewed and ready to share!

Lori

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What’s for Lunch Mama Bird?

 

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

What’s for Lunch Mama Bird? seems an appropriate quilt for this week…

We just made quilt sandwiches for our Spring Quilt-a-long and Sunday is Mother’s Day.

One day I picked up a quilt sandwich that had some quilting on it–the spirals on top and the heart spirals on the bottom…and I started quilting the bird.

I had doodled the bird and the nest in my sketchbook, and thought I would try it on the scrap fabric.

It is one of my favorite quilts because it just flowed without too much effort.  Some quilts are like that…others torture us–the fabric, the color, nothing goes together as planned.

If you doodle, good things appear…

as if by magic…

Now I only wish lunch would appear…

(No thank you to the worms, Mama Bird!)

May YOUR quilts flow effortlessly!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt.  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!

 

 

 

 

Stitching the Half Square Triangles-Part 1

Border and HST Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Yesterday we started our Spring Quilt-a-Long.  The tutorials will usually be every Tuesday.  This week your assignment is:

Choose a color scheme.

Prepare the fabrics.

Consider design changes-to make it longer, larger, etc…

And to make the Half Square Triangles.  

For the quilt above, you will need 40–2 inch (finished) half square triangles.

 

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

MANY WAYS TO MAKE HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

There are many ways to make Half Square Triangles (HST).  Use YOUR favorite method.

I will share two of my favorite ways.  (One today, One tomorrow.)

HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES–METHOD ONE

This method works well when:

  • You only need a few triangles.
  • You are using small scraps to create the triangles.
  • You want a very scrappy look.

THE FORMULA

Add 7/8 inch to the finished size of the HST block.

For example, in this quilt, we want 2 inch finished HST.

2 + 7/8

Cut 2-7/8 squares of fabric–one light, one print.

MARK THE LIGHT FABRIC

Layer the two squares together–and press them together–they hold better that way.

Draw a straight line from tip to tip–on the diagonal. (Use very fine grit sandpaper underneath–to keep the fabrics from slipping.)   This is the CUTTING LINE!

Use a plain ruler and a sharp pencil.

Line the presser foot up so that you stitch 1/4 inch away from this line.

 

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

ANOTHER OPTION:

I often use the   Quilter’s Quick Quarter HERE  which is

very similar to the Fons and Porter Quarter Inch Seam Markers HERE

Use the Quarter Inch Rulers to MARK THE STITCHING LINES

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Lower the stitch length and stitch both sides:

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Use scissors or a rotary cutter to cut the center line.

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Trim the pointy corners off.

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Press the seams toward the darker fabric.

The HST should be 2-1/2 inches…This is the unfinished size!

Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

TOMORROW

As quick as a bunny we will stitch eight HST with just two six inch squares!

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What about YOU?

What’s your favorite HST method?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

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