New Ulm, New Friends and The Spring Sampler

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to present a workshop and lecture to The Prairie Piecemakers of New Ulm, Minnesota.  What a talented and fun group of ladies!

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedyAs you can see, we had a lot of fun…

But we also got a lot of work done.

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedyIt was great to see the different interpretations of The Spring Sampler with a variety of fabrics and threads.

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedy

The Prairie Piecemakers are a very busy guild with challenges, charity quilts, group projects and a BIG show every two years.  Their “Show and Tell” quilts were truly amazing-a wide variety of piecing and appliqué.

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedyI left New Ulm inspired.  I hope the ladies of New Ulm will be doing more free motion quilting…

I know I’ll be doing more piecing and  appliqué!

Thank you, New Ulm!  It was a lot of fun!

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, share or pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

PS.  The Spring Sampler was stitched on Kona cotton with Sulky 30 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin on my BERNINA 820.  Warm and Natural cotton batting.

The Dandelion–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s almost time to start working the gardens in Minnesota…and of course, that means managing the Dandelions, too!

I rather like dandelions…I’ve received a number of yellow bouquets in my day…

Dandelions represent the warm days of Summer, playing in the grass, and every child’s first bouquet…They also remind me of my sister, Teri’s first attempt at wine making…Dandelion Wine.  She and a friend spent hours picking dandelions to make wine…and a few days later the bottles exploded in our basement!  We all thought it was hilarious!  Teri was not amused…

So this is dedicated to Teri:

THE DANDELION TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching a straight line with a circle on top.  Trace down the stem and angle off to create the first leaf.

Dandelion, Free Motion QuiltingStitch a straight stem, then retrace the line.  Stitch down at an angle and back toward the stem.

Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting

Stitch several triangles at different angles and different sizes.Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting

At the top, stitch a longer line, ending above the stem line.Dandelion, Free Motion QuiltingStitch to the right of the stem creating more triangles.

(NOTE-Dandelions are fun to stitch because any jagged triangle looks great!)
Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting

Make the last triangle point down, away from the rest of the leaf.
Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting
For more variety, add a spirals on the top of the long stems as well.

Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting

Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting

Have fun with this design…it sure beats weeding!

Later this week…a few mini-quilts using this design.

Doodle Lessons continue on Thursday…How’s it going?

Hope your day’s a dandy!

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 Pin, re-blog or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!