The Football–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilted FootballGood Morning, Quilters!  Are you ready for some football?

Do you have any boy quilts in your stash?  Many of you have requested more “boy patterns”.  Earlier this month we stitched The Race Car.  Last month, we stitched The Baseball and today, we will stitch The Football.  Combine any of these patterns with The Jigsaw Puzzle or any geometric design like Diamonds are Forever or The Greek Key for your next quilt…Sure to please…

Free Motion Quilted Football

PK in action. September 2014

THE FOOTBALL FREE  MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing three lines equidistant apart.  In the sample below, the lines are 3/4 inch apart.

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Begin stitching on the middle line.  Stitch a curved line up to the top line and back to the middle line.  Stop at the middle line and stitch a curved line back to the starting point.

Free Motion Quilted FootballStitch ON the previous line of stitching several stitches to the right.

Stitch a curved line from the top to the bottom of the football.  Stitch over one stitch and echo quilt back to the top line of the football.

Free Motion Quilted Football

Stitch along the top of the football ON the previous line of stitching, then stitch another set of curved lines.

Free Motion Quilted Football

Stitch to the right point of the football.

Next, stitch a curved line back to the starting point.

Free Motion Quilted Football

Stitch ON the middle line again, then stitch a zig-zag to create the laces.

Stitch to the right point of the football and begin the next football.

Free Motion Quilted Football

You might want to create a small trophy quilt–like The Home Run Quilt–as a gift for a coach or ask your player’s teammates to sign.

OR use The Football to tie a quilt –see TYING A QUILT The Free Motion Quilt Way….

Free Motion Quilted FootballCombine The Football, The Baseball and any of your own motifs to make a personalized quilt for the Sportsman in YOUR life!

Free Motion Quilted Football

I think this motif is a TOUCHDOWN, don’t YOU?

Signed,

Left-tackle, Lori

PS…This tutorial is stitched with Aurifil 50wt  cotton in the bobbin and Aurifil 28wt cotton on top–for a casual look.  The motif was stitched on my Bernina 150 without a stitch regulator using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle, Robert Kaufman Kona cotton fabric.

PPS…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 Share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

The Dragonfly–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilted Dragonfly

Good Morning, Quilters!  We’re back to work today with another circle tutorial in our progression.

While circles look easy, they are challenging to master.  In order to ensure success, we have been learning circles in a step-by-step progression.  Each motif builds on the previous technique to develop the hand-eye coordination and the motor planning necessary to advance to the next level.  (Race cars were just thrown in for fun–not really necessary for the progression.)

Today we have another fun motif for your free motion quilting net–The Dragonfly.

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyBegin by stitching a full circle.  In the sample below, the circle is the size of a pencil eraser.

Stitch an antenna with a curl on the top.

Stitch back over the antenna to the small circle, then stitch over one or two stitches to begin the second antenna.

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyStitch another antenna.  It’s fun if the second antenna is a little larger…

Stitch around the head of the dragonfly and stop at “the chin”…

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyNext, stitch another circle, slightly larger than the first circle.

Stitch a loop-de-loop set of wings…

Free Motion Quilted Dragonfly

Stitch ON the stitches of the lower part of the larger circle to get to the right side then stitch another set of loop-de-loop wings.

Stitch down to the base of the second circle.

Free Motion Quilted Dragonfly

Then stitch a String of Pearls–with each circle getting progressively smaller.

Finish off with a twirling flight line.

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyLovely!  Just the perfect touch for YOUR next quilt…

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyWe have a few more bugs to net tomorrow…

Next week we’ll work on Pebbles–the most challenging of the circle motifs–Not to worry…it will be EASY for YOU because you have done your homework!

Did you know that some cultures associate the Dragonfly with evil spirits while other cultures love the Dragonfly as a symbol of change…

To me The Dragonfly symbolizes the beginning of the beautiful days of autumn.

Happy Stitching!

Lori

PS…Don’t forget to DOODLE FIRST!

PPS…This tutorial was stitched with Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon on top with a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle on Kona cotton on my Bernina 150 without a stitch regulator.

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

String of Pearls-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,Good morning, Quilters!

Now that the kiddies are back at school I hope everyone has a little more time for quilting!

Last week, we started our own lesson plan…to learn the Humble Circle.  Like most simple things, The Circle is challenging to get just right.  It takes a lot of practice.

We started with the  Dots and Dashes Free motion quilt tutorial last Tuesday (Tutesday?)

While Dots and Dashes is a fabulous pattern in its own right, it is also a SKILLBUILDER pattern.  It helps build muscle memory for other circle patterns.

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Dots and Dashes teaches four things:

  • Clockwise circles
  • Counter-clockwise circles
  • Stitching around a circle one and 1/2 times
  • Stopping in the middle of the circle –to start the dash…

If you are new to circles, try Dots and Dashes first, then move on to today’s free motion quilt tutorial, The String of Pearls.

THE STRING OF PEARLS TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two lines.  For this tutorial, the lines are 1/2 inch apart.

Begin stitching in between the two lines.  Stitch a full clockwise circle.

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Stitch over the previous line of stitching around the circle to the midpoint on the right side of the circle.

(NOTE- In the sample below the stitching is offset–this is for demonstration only.)

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Instead of stitching a straight line — as in Dots and Dashes–Stitch a curve toward the bottom line and begin the counter-clockwise circle.

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

Stitch over the previous line of stitching, back to the mid-point and begin another circle.

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Continue stitching clockwise and counter-clockwise circles to create a String of Pearls.

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Once you are comfortable with the String of Pearls, try varying the size of the Pearls.  (This will help when we try another circle tutorial–The Circle Filler also known as Pebbles.)

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String Pearls, Free motion quilting,Circles look simple, but they require a slower pace and full concentration…(You may notice, that I lack focus frequently!)

The clockwise, counter-clockwise method allows the quilter to develop a regular rhythm and this will help with both consistency and speed.  Again, Circles take practice!

THIS WEEK

I have decided to delay the circle tutorial planned for tomorrow.   Practice Dots and Dashes, The String of Pearls, and changing pearls (And of course, the Race Car)

We’ll add some really fun motifs next week…then a tutorial on “Pebbles” –-the Circle fill pattern later in the month.

So many ideas, so little time…

I’m off on a JAUNT!–Can’t wait to tell you about it!

Lori

PS…The above tutorial was stitched on my Bernina 150 (A domestic sewing machine) without a stitch regulator, using Aurifil thread in the

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