Beginner Quilters: An e-Book Giveaway!

FREE MOTION QUILTING WITHOUT FEAR

As you all know, I have done everything I can to remove the fear and provide the inspiration for YOU all to begin free motion quilting…

If you’re still searching for something more–I think you’ll enjoy a newly published book written by a friend of The Inbox Jaunt:  Molly Hanson of SewWrongSewRight.

Molly Hanson:  Free Motion Quilting for Beginners

Molly’s new book:  Free Motion Quilting for Beginners-and Those Who Think They Can’t is a step-by-step guide to getting started.   It is a real CAN-DO book which takes the fear out of free motion quilting.  From choosing thread to setting up your work space, Molly walks the reader through the process with easy explanations and  many photos.

Molly believes in keeping supplies and set up to a minimum.  Simple is best.

Molly includes several motifs in her book.  Yesterday’s Tuesday Tutorial:  Woodgrain was based on a motif in the book.

Molly Hanson's Woodgrain

There are several small projects in the book including two projects which highlight the Woodgrain motif:  A Laptop Sleeve and a Messenger Bag.

Quilted Laptop Sleeve


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You can find Molly’s book at Martingale Publishing, on Amazon, or in YOUR Local Quilt Shop!

GIVEAWAY

Molly is also offering a free e-book copy to ONE LUCKY reader of  The Inbox Jaunt.

To enter:  please answer this question in the comment section:

How many hours per week do you spend quilting?

THE BLOG-HOP

Several blogs are participating in Molly’s blog-hop.  For more quilting fun, check out these blogs as well:

1. Martingale http://blog.shopmartingale.com/ November 11th

2. Amanda Jean http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com November 13th

3. Amy Friend http://duringquiettime.com November 14th
4. Angela Walters http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com  November15th
5. Juliet van der Heijden The Tartankiwi  November 17th
6. Lori Kennedy http://theinboxjaunt.com  November 19th
7. Cindy Weins http://www.liveacolorfullife.net November 20th

8. Thermoweb http://thermoweb.com/blog/ November 21st

TOMORROW

Be sure to check in tomorrow for a sneak peek of The Woodgrain  in a Christmas project–HINT-It’s a Family Tree.

FRIDAY

The winner of Molly Hanson’s e-book:  Free Motion Quilting for Beginners and Those Who Think They Can’t….announced.  Good luck!

Lori

PS…All images used today are used with permission of Molly Hanson and Martingale Press.

 

NOW it’s Finished–More Quilting, Thank YOU!

 

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge QuiltingLast week, I posted a photo of my finished raw edge with free motion quilting

After taking a second look, I thought it might  benefit from more quilting and I asked YOUR opinion.

Before I had finished my breakfast, I had a resounding answer:  YES it needs more quilting.

Floral raw edge appliqué with free motion quiltingAs one reader pointed out, quilts need to have an even amount of quilting–and this quilt did not.

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge QuiltingSo I took YOUR advice and I like this quilt much, much better!

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Quilting

LESSONS LEARNED:

  • Quilting should be evenly space all over a quilt.
  • When in doubt, ask 5000 friends for their opinion.

and….

  • MORE free motion quilting, ALWAYS, MORE free motion quilting!Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Quilting

You’re MY kind of friends!

Lori

(PS–Now I need more help…all five of my daughters have declared “dibs”….)

I think there’s a lot more free motion/raw edge appliqué in my future.

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

 

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!