The Spring Quilt-a-Long: More HST Quilting Motifs

 

Machine Quilting Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Are you ready to stitch?  Let’s continue our Spring Quilt-a-Long (before I have to re-name it the Summer QAL!)

On Tuesday we stitched the far right row of half square triangles.

Today we will stitch the far left row.
Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

First let’s address a few questions that you had.

Why do you start on the bottom of the quilt and not on top?

Hmmm….I’m not sure!  I arrange the quilt so the bulk of the quilt is to the left of the machine-not under the harp space.  It doesn’t matter if you start at the top of the row or the bottom.  I usually start at the bottom–mostly out of habit and because the bulk of the quilt is supported on the table when I start–and it moves into my lap as I go along.  There is no reason you couldn’t start the other way.

Why do you use Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon 40 wt on top?

That thread combination is my “go-to” combo.  I know how it looks and that the two threads combine well together.  YOU may have two entirely different choices depending on your quilt, the batting, your sewing machine.  It is good to come up with YOUR “go-to” combo…then start adding new threads to try.

I like threads like Sulky Rayon with a bit of sheen on top.  40 wt thread is a slightly heavy thread and shows up well.

Because it is a slippery thread, I find it works best when I use a less slippery thread–like cotton in the bobbin.  It helps the machine make a nice stitch.  I used an 80wt cotton Aurifil in the bobbin this time–it’s new to me, but a thin thread will last longer in your bobbin.

X MARKS THE SPOT–A HST MOTIF

To stitch this motif we will stitch four triangles:  up, sideways, down, sideways–to form our X.

Begin stitching in the lower left corner of the square.

Stitch toward the center, stopping a few stitches short of the center.

Stitch to the lower right corner to create the first triangle.

Stitching on the light fabric, add a sideways triangle, ending in the upper right corner.

Stitch a downward triangle, ending in the upper left corner.

Stitch a sideways triangle, ending in the bottom left corner.

The “X” is complete.

Stitch in the ditch or close to the seam on the left side of the first HST to begin the next HST in the row. If you have trouble stitching to the center of the HST–and your Xs are catawampus (I look for excuses to use that word!)

Use chalk to mark the center.  Usually, once you stitch for a while you won’t have to mark–your eye will improve.

Once all the HST are machine quilted, stitch a straight line down the right side of each square to complete the pattern.

There you have it!

Another simple way to stitch HSTs!Machine Quilting Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Keep it simple and you’ve got it made!

Your Simple Quilting Tutor,

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!

Eight Fabulous Pin Cushions with Tutorials!

http://weallsew.com/free-motion-quilted-scissors-pincushion-tutorial/

Good Morning, Quilters!

I have a lot of pin cushions….Do YOU?

There’s one by each sewing machine, one on my cutting table, an upstairs pin cushion, a downstairs pin cushion, one for needles, one for silk pins….

MY NEW ZIRKEL

I can always use another pin cushion.  So when I saw this Zirkel red magnetic pin cushion at my local quilt shop, I was intrigued!  Have you seen these?  It is magnetized so that the pins align themselves on the outer edge-making them easy to grab!

Very clever!

When I saw a red one…well I just knew it had to come home with me!

Be sure to get a demo of the Zirkel at your quilt store!

PIN CUSHION TUTORIALS

Here’s a round-up of some of my other favorite pin cushions:

Scissor Pin Cushion Tutorial is on BERNINA’s We All Sew blog

 

Scissors, Free Motion Quilting, Kennedy

The Pumpkin Pin Cushion

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

 First Pin Cushion Tutorial  with two variations:

 

Pin cushion tutorial

Enter Pin HERE:

The Needle Pillow

Pin Pillows

The Tomato Pin Cushion Machine Quilting Tutorial

Tomato Pin cushion Tutorial

The Hedgehog Pin Cushion knit by my sister

Hedgehog Pin Cushion

PIN CUSHION MANIA

There’s a cushion (or magnet) for every pin in your sewing basket!

What about YOU?

How many pin cushions do YOU have?

Do YOU have a link to a great pin cushion?

We’d LOVE to hear!

May YOUR sewing room be pretty (and functional!)

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!

Zirkel Pin cushion

 

 

 

 

Daisy Crazy-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Are you crazy for daisies like I am?  If so, this motif is going to bloom in your quilted garden!

Daisy Crazy can be used as a single motif in the center of a block, stitched in a single row as a border, or stitched in multiple rows for a fabulous background.

DAISY CRAZY-THE MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing three parallel lines.  Begin stitching on the centerline.  Stitch a straight vertical line.  With a sideways figure “8” motion, add a pair of pointed leaves.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch on the centerline then add another pair of pointed leaves.

Stitch 2-3 sets of leaves.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

After the last set of leaves, stitch a long line.  Next, stitch a teardrop shape.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch under the base of the teardrop, closely echo stitching the left side.  Add a rounded petal.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Add another rounded petal on the left side of the stem, then cross over to add two more rounded petals.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Complete the fourth petal, then stitch on the teardrop to the tip of the flower.  Stitch on the centerline to begin the next motif.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Or stitch back to the base of the teardrop and echo stitch the stem to begin the next motif in a row.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Don’t be a lazy daisy…

Doodle the Crazy Daisy before stitching it or else you’ll end up with an Oopsy Daisy!

Sometimes one has to amuse oneself…

Signed,

 

Your Ditzy Daisy Quilter,

Lori

For more than Sixty  step-by-step tutorials including an entire chapter of Flower Motifs-–Check out my new book:

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

You can receive Personalized, autographed copies from my Etsy shop:  The Inbox Jaunt Shop HERE

or from Amazon HERE (available in Print and Kindle!)

Machine Quilting 1-2-3, Lori Kennedy

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!