The Oyster Shell-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Oyster Shell Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

In my continued efforts to feel warmer…more seashells!  (See last week’s The Sand Dollar-Free Motion Quilt tutorial)

Today we will be working on another all over or fill pattern.  It can be used to cover large areas in your quilt.  One shell builds on the previous shell and does not have to be stitched in a line.

THE OYSTER SHELL FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching a small coil.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ002Reverse directions and echo stitch back to the beginning.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ003Continue echo stitching back and forth around the central coil.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ004Stitch three to five layers and then begin a new shell.

Oyster Shell Free Motion QuiltingThe  new shell can begin either on the right or left of the completed shell.

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Add shells on top of one another and shells on each side.  Also, the initial coil can be stitched to the right or left…

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ006To add a little more design, add a row of scallops between the layers.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ007Mix the “fancy shells” in with the plain oyster shells.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ008Or add a few loop-de-loops between the rows.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ009A little star-shaped spikes…

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ010To make a long shell:  Start with the Basic Oyster Shell and stitch back and forth in a taper shape.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ011This adds more interest to a beach full of plain oysters.

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OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ013A grouping of Oyster Shells is a beautiful way to embellish any quilt.  Don’t limit this beautiful motif to beach quilts…

This design is just pretty and will make a beautiful texture on your next quilt!

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ015It’s easy and forgiving so give it a whorl!

From the beaches of Minnesota to you,

Happy Shelling,

Lori

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

 

The Pretty Packages Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesTHE GIVEAWAY CONTINUES

Happy Tuesday, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!  I hope you have all had time to enter THE HUGE Giveaway–Including The Christmas Tree Quilt, Kona fabric by Robert Kaufman, Sulky thread and a copy of American Quilter magazine featuring “My Line…”  Read yesterday’s post for all the details HERE.

CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN: 9 DAYS

By now (I hope) much of the Christmas shopping is complete and all you have to do is cook and clean and decorate and…

Wrap Packages!  Pretty Packages!

Well let’s get started…

THE PRETTY PACKAGE FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines or “rails” to keep the packages tidy.

In the tutorial below, the lines are two inches apart.  Any spacing will work.

Begin stitching on the bottom line and stitch a square or rectangle.  Stitch up the first side of the package to the middle.  (Stitch right ON the previous line of stitching–it is offset here for demonstration purposes only.)

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesStitch horizontally into the center of the package and stop.

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesStitch vertically to the top line, then back to the bottom line, then back to the center.

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesStitch two loops on either side of the center line to create the bow.

Free Motion Quilting-Packages

 

Stich two curved lines to create the ties.  Return to the center of the package.

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesStitch to the right side of the package and up to begin the next package.

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesTo create an overlap, stitch up the side of the box and across the top a short way.

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesThen begin the next box.

Free Motion Quilting-Packages A row of packages would make a very pretty border…

Or stack the packages to fill a large area.

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesLater this week we will re-visit an old quilt that includes a different package shape…

Lot’s more quilting in 2014!

From Santa’s Wrapping Workshop,

Your Happy Wrapper, (emphasis on the W–I’m too old for the other…)

Lori

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

HUGE Giveaway: Christmas Quilt and MORE!

Christmas Tree Sampler Quilt GiveawayHappy Monday, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!

With less than two weeks until Christmas…The Inbox Jaunt is announcing a HUGE GIVEAWAY!

This is REALLY BIG–

YOUR chance to win this Christmas Tree Sampler Vase Quilt (including binding…not shown here…LOL!)

In addition to this FUN quilt…

Christmas Tree Sampler Quilt GiveawayOne lucky winner will receive:

Two yards of Robert Kaufman Kona Solids:

Christmas Tree Sampler Quilt GiveawayFive spools of 12 wt Sulky Blendables: 

Christmas Tree Sampler Quilt GiveawayAND  the January issue of American Quilter Magazine with “My Line”…featuring The Square Flower–(on newsstands now.)

Christmas Tree Sampler Quilt GiveawayI think you’ll have fun using this little quilt on YOUR tabletop.

Christmas Tree Sampler Quilt GiveawayThe Christmas Tree Sampler includes many stitches from The Tuesday Tutorials.

Christmas Tree Sampler Quilt GiveawayTO ENTER:

  • Leave a comment at The Inbox Jaunt, OR
  • Leave a comment on Facebook OR
  • Post a photo to Flickr….OR
  • Leave a Comment on the Christmas tree photo on Instagram OR
  • Complete ALL FOUR and receive FOUR chances to WIN!

A WINNER will be picked on Thursday, December 17-and announced on FRIDAY…

Good Luck,

From Santa’s Sewing Room,

Lori

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