Sewer, Seamstress, Sewist? Open Line Friday

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

Good Morning, Quilters!

Notice how I avoid the words sewer and sewist?

Even when I write the tutorials, I avoid the word “sew” and use “stitch” instead.

I really don’t like the word “sewer” –it looks like plumbing when it’s written.

For a long time I hated the word “sewist“–it’s just a made up word–not even in the dictionary!  Furthermore, whenever you type “sewist” it auto-corrects to “sexist“….

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

Saturdays were a real dilemma…

Should it be “Drain Pipes in Fine Art

or

Ruining the Language in Fine Art”?

I settled for the clunky,  “Seamstresses in Fine Art”

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

I must admit I’m softening to the word “Sewist”…

Scissors have given way to rotary cutters, treadle machines to sewing computers, and quilters no longer create blankets made of old clothes…

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

Languages evolve too!

New words like: emoji, selfie and vape (smoking an e-cigarette) have been Oxford’s Words of the Year for the past three years.

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

Perhaps it’s better to be “on trend” than a “fossil”!

What do YOU think?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Stitching, Tailoring, Quilting, Sewing, Vaping, Texting…

Lori

PS…The Second Annual Machine Quilt-a-Long begins next week.  If you are out shopping–just pick up 1/4 yard of solid fabric–in any shade of red, blue, turquoise…no more hints until next week!–other than it’s going to be FABULOUS!!!!

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!

The Cute as a Button Machine Quilting Tutorial

Buttons, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Happy Tuesday!  I am thoroughly enjoying all of the Downton Abbey quotes in our Five Yards of Fabric Giveaway.  There are a few days left…so enter YOUR favorite Downton Abbey or other favorite quote today!

EXCITING NEWS!

I have been working away on  Craftsy Video TWO!  Woo Hoo!  My first Craftsy video, Divide and Conquer:  Creative Quilting for Any Space has been a huge hit and I’ve been invited back to teach 50 more motifs with an emphasis on Doodling!

It has received ALL FIVE STAR REVIEWS!  Here is one review:

Review of Lori Kennedy on Craftsy: Divide and Conquer

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If you haven’t taken the class(???)…Here’s a link for 50% off:

CUTE AS A BUTTON QUILT TUTORIAL

The Button – We won’t say  it’s “advanced”–

Let’s just say, “it’s an opportunity to slow-down”…

You probably won’t want to cover a whole quilt in Buttons…however, it does look great in small quantities!

Sewing Notions, FMQ, Kennedy

To create a row of Buttons, begin by drawing two parallel lines of any width.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin sewing in between the two rows.  Stitch a clockwise circle, leaving a slight gap…

Buttons, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch, counter-clockwise…

Buttons, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a small circle–1-1/2 revolutions-then stitch a small “dash”…

Buttons, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add another small circle…

Buttons, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Retrace the “dash” to the center, add another dash and small circle…

Buttons, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Retrace, then add a final dash and a circle…

Then stitch out of the Button to begin another…

Buttons, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

You can make this easier by adding just one set of “holes” or by stitching and “X” in the center.

Buttons, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Either way…It’s CUTE AS A BUTTON!

Happy (Button) Stitching,

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman, Kona cotton with Sulky 40wt Rayon on top and Aurifil Cotton 50 wt in the bobbin using a Topstitch 90 needle on my BERNINA 770QE (LOVE!) without a stitch regulator.

PPS…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!