Fantasy Flowers-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Here in Minnesota, winter is already upon us!  The temperatures have been below freezing and we’ve even had several snowfalls…Argh!!!..I am not ready for winter!

The only flowers left are in my imagination–so today we have “Fantasy Flowers“!

Stitch a bouquet of Fantasy Flowers on a child’s quilt or a Modern quilt.  (Of course, don’t hesitate to add it to a Traditional quilt as well–the unexpected bit of whimsy adds personality to your quilts!)

The Fantasy Flower is shown here as an all over motif, but it could easily modified for a border.

THE FANTASY FLOWER MACHINE QUILTING MOTIF

Begin by stitching a short, straight line.  Add a counter-clockwise spiral over the top of the stem line.
Stitch one and a half revolutions, and stop near the stem line. Add a squared off petal stop before reaching the spiral–leave a small gap here.Add more petals around the spiral.Complete the flower–again leaving space around the spiral.
Travel around the spiral…then add a straight line to begin the next Fantasy Flower.

NOTE-by leaving the space around the spiral, you can travel anywhere within the flower and begin a new flower between any of the petals.  This is very helpful when stitching all-over motifs.

Doodle first and this motif will be a breeze!

Or use your imagination to create your own “Fantasy Flower”!

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What about YOU?

Are YOU ready for winter?  (Or is it summer where YOU live?)

What do you do to prepare for winter?

Do YOU quilt more in winter?

We’d LOVE to hear!

#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!

 

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Giveaway! I Love Home Block of the Month

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s a busy week here at The Inbox Jaunt!  Tomorrow my new Craftsy video, Creating a Quilting Plan:  Approaches for Any Quilt is released!  Be sure to check in tomorrow for all the details!!!!

And today we have a giveaway!

I LOVE HOME BLOCK OF THE MONTH

Block 4 is available HERE  from Jacquelynne Steves  

Block Four is the final block.  Next month we add borders and finishing touches!

While you are stitching the blocks, it is helpful to start planning  how you will quilt different areas of the quilt.  Each area of the quilt  will need it’s own “quilting plan” including batting, thread and motifs.

Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyWHICH MOTIFS TO CHOOSE?!

There are so many possible motifs to quilt, we need to narrow the focus.   

One way to choose motifs is to stick to a theme.

For this quilt, I looked for motifs that fit our I Love Home theme like hearts and houses.

The Sweetheart Border and Row Houses are perfect for the borders.  Find the Sweetheart Border HERE and the Row of Houses HERE

Both motifs can also be found in my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 HERE on Etsy  (Personalized, signed copies make great gifts!)

To test your motifs, use a vinyl sheet and a wet erase marker.

Read HERE for more tips on this method.
Machine Quilt Design Tips

OLFA GIVEAWAY!

This month’s prize is from Olfa– a cutting mat, rotary cutter, and package of Endurance blades.  Olfa mats come in a variety of sizes and I have used them for more than twenty years!  Thank you, Olfa for transforming quilting with rotary blades and mats and for this fabulous giveaway!

To enter, please tell us YOUR biggest quilting challenge.  Is it planning the quilting, choosing the motifs, picking the right thread…or is it something else?  Leave a note in the comment section by the end of the day on November 9th.

***Please note that this giveaway is open to US winners only this time, due to shipping costs.

MORE CHANCES TO WIN

There are seven other quilters participating in the I LOVE HOME project.  Be sure to see their blocks and enter their giveaways for more chances to win!

Good Luck!

Tomorrow:  Turn YOUR UFOs into completed heirloom quilts with —Creating A Quilting Plan:  Approaches for Any Quilt!

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 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!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Shaggy Dog-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Dog Lovers!

After a very busy end of summer, the Tuesday Tutorials are back!  Hooray!

FREE SHIPPING!

This week we are having a FREE SHIPPING (US Orders Only) on signed copies of Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3!  (Thanks to YOU–it is already in re-print!!!!)  Great quilt books make GREAT GIFTS!–Be early for Christmas! (If you would like to have your book signed to someone other than yourself, please let us know!)

Today’s machine quilting tutorial (great for long arm quilting too), The Shaggy Dog, is inspired by my daughter, Nora’s doodles. (Nora is a dyed-in-the-wool doodler.  You might like Nora’s Rose HERE)

Nora has always loved Scottie Dogs–her inspiration for this doodle!

THE SHAGGY DOG MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

This adorable little dog would be a perfect border motif. If you’re a dog lover, add The Shaggy Dog to the center of a quilt block or tuck one into the rest of your quilting as a hidden surprise.  Wouldn’t it be cute to add a Shaggy Dog in to your quilted signature–as your symbol?

BEGIN by marking three lines equidistant apart.

For machine set-up, try using Aurifil 28 wt on top(gray spool)–This heavy weight cotton thread shows well for quilting focus motifs like our Shaggy Dog.   For the bobbin, try 50wt (orange spool) Aurifil cotton.  The extra long staple thread is low lint and because it is lightweight it lasts longer in your bobbin than the heavier weight cotton (28wt) would.

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Shaggy Dog Tutorial

Begin stitching on the bottom line.  Stitch four narrow zig zags.Stitch up from the bottom drawn line to midway between the top two drawn lines.Lori Kennedy Quilts, Shaggy Dog TutorialAdd three or four more zig zags.  Be sure the zig zags drop below the center line–otherwise the Shaggy Dog’s head won’t look like it is attached to his body–sad! Add a small round nose.Stitch up and over the dog’s head and add a curved ear.Stitch down and over the dog’s body, adding a curved tail.  Stitch down to the bottom line.Stitch under the dog and add a simple dog house….Or machine quilt a border of Shaggy Dogs!  Woof!  Woof!Lori Kennedy Quilts, Shaggy Dog Tutorial

Good puppy!

You might like to give your Shaggy Dog a quilted Dog Bone HERE!

For more step-by-step tutorials like this one and FREE SHIPPING, check out Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 on Etsy!

Happy Dog Grooming!

Lhasa Apso Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy Quilts at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  PLEASE share, re-blog, and pin–with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

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