Christmas and Hanukkah Machine Quilting Tutorials

 

Good Morning, Quilters!

Today’s Tuesday Tutorial is a round-up of tutorials from the last several years!  I’m confident this will keep us all busy in between shopping and wrapping!

MY CREATIVE BLOCK

To be honest, I am going through a “Tuesday Tutorial” creative block lately…

I need YOUR help!  What would YOU like a step-by-step tutorial for?  I have had a request for more Hanukkah symbols…anything else?

I will work on your requests in the new year. Creating a new motif can take quite a bit of time–it took me years to come up with a dog motif we could stitch with a continuous line!

On the other hand, sometimes a motif comes to me in a flash!  One never knows…

KEEP DOODLING

In the mean time, I will keep doodling and I’m sure something fun will emerge and I hope YOU will keep busy doodling and stitching some of my favorites:


 Poinsettia-Free Motion Quilting

 

Holly, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Holly Leaf

String of Beads, FMQ, KennedyThe Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesSpin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingHappy Creative Quilting!

Lori

PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

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!


Snowmen, FMQ, LCKennedy

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The Poppies Machine Quilting Tutorial

 

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesGood Morning, Quilters!

Oh the drama of Poppies!  There are very few flowers that have the visual impact of this ornamental flower.  Poppies are a symbol of the fallen soldier on Remembrance Day and they also symbolize peace.  If your birthday is in August, Poppies are your birth flower!

When quilting Poppies–be sure to stitch them very large to capture their dramatic essence!

THE POPPY-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching the edge of one of the petals–a short line. (NOTE-since this is a background fill or allover motif–we are not starting in the center.)

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Add a large oval, then stitch the first full petal.

 

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Poppies

 

Add several more large petals around the central oval.
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Complete the petals and stitch toward the center oval.Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesStitch around the oval with a jagged, scribbly line.Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesClosely echo stitch around the petals to add more definition to the Poppy.Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesAdd another row of close echo stitching to travel to the area where you would like to begin the next Poppy.

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesDo not worry if the petals of the Poppies are odd shapes–they will look like they overlap.    It is more important to keep the Poppies very close together than it is to make perfectly shaped petals.

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Poppies

THREAD, NEEDLE, BATTING, MACHINE

For this tutorial, I used:

Warm and Natural cotton batting.  I love this low loft batting for art quilts and table runners.

 28wt Aurifil cotton thread on top.  It is heavier weight and the flowers really “pop” (pun intended).  For all 28 wt thread- a size 90/14 needle is required (my favorite is the Topstitch needle--it has a big eye and a deep groove to protect the thread.)

Sulky Rayon 40wt or Superior Magnifico 40wt polyester would also have been good choices.

In the bobbin, I always use Aurifil 50 wt cotton--my sewing machine just loves it!

As always, I stitched this tutorial on my domestic sewing machine, the Fabulous BERNINA 770QE–it creates gorgeous stitches and the bobbin system makes tension adjustments a breeze!

POPPY DOODLES

Remember…if you can’t doodle it, you can’t stitch it–so get those pencils, pens and markers out!!

CRAFTSY IS HAVING A HUGE SALE–STARTS TOMORROW!

Check in for a few of my favorites from 2016–and SHARE YOUR FAVORITES TOO!!!

May YOUR day be filled with YOUR favorite color!

(better that than…

May YOUR day be filled with drama!

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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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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