The Sailboat Sampler-Finishing Touches

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters and Fitness Pros!

I hope everyone had a chance to write an exercise goal and a nutrition goal!?

Did YOU go for a walk yet today?

THE MAGIC OF 10,000 STEPS

The American Heart Association recommends 10,000 steps per day (the equivalent of nearly 5 miles).

The benefits are many:

  • Lower BMI
  • Reduced waist size
  • Increased energy
  • Less risk for Type II diabetes
  • Lower risk for heart disease

EVERY STEP COUNTS

If you are not able to walk 10,000 steps per day…THAT’S OKAY!

Start where you are.  Every step counts.  Work toward 1000 the first week and increase by 1000 every other week.

WE CAN DO THIS!!

We all love quilting, but really…some things are more important!

THE SAILBOAT SAMPLER

Let’s finish up our Samplers this week by adding a border.

I like to add a straight line fill border.  Mark a one inch border around the entire sampler and fill in with closely spaced lines.

The closely spaced lines create a thick border–with enough density contrast to frame the composition.

You can mark a one inch border around the entire sampler or just eyeball it.

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In the corners, add a design element like The Greek Key,  The Fish or a Star.Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

ROW NINE

I am using this sampler as a baby gift.  In Row Nine, I plan to add the baby’s name and birthdate.

If you plan to keep your sampler, add your name and date, just like an old fashioned sampler.

I recommend using your own handwriting to add a truly personal touch–rather than using a copied font.

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BINDING

Finally, add a binding.  Audition several before you make a final decision–a good binding can really make the quilt “sing”.  I often use a fabric in a lighter or darker shade of my quilt top.

This binding has a rope like motif-perfectly suited for a nautically inspired quilt.

Trim the thread tails, add a hanging sleeve and you are finished!  #noUFOs

I really hope you enjoyed making this sampler….

Happy Stitching, Sailing, Stepping, and Healthy Eating!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy of 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!