Gone Fishin’

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m off on a little quilting adventure…

Isn’t it amazing the people you meet and the places you go when you have a hobby like quilting?  It’s our little sub-culture.

Quilt retreats, classes, shop-hops, online friends.

Quilting has certainly enriched my life!

QUILT DETAILS

This quilt was stitched on Kona cotton fabric with Aurifil 28 wt cotton (white) and Sulky Rayon 40wt in blue on my BERNINA 770QE!

Notice how thread can help “paint” your subject!

YOUR QUILT ADVENTURES

What about YOU?

How has quilting enriched YOUR life?

What is the best quilt adventure YOU have taken?

Any plans for 2017?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Photo details of my adventure coming soon!

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

The Square Flower-A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

No School again today!

No School again today!

With weather like this, we need to bring a little greenery into the house.  Today, I bring you flowers…not just your average posie, but The Square Flower-designed to fill all those squares we love to quilt.  This sunny little flower can fill any square – large or small- quickly and easily.

The Square Flower Tutorial

Begin by drawing a square-any size square will work.  If you have a 4 inch ruler-use that.  If you have a block with six inch squares-perfect!  If you’re square quilt has 12 inch blocks-that will work just great.  This adaptable little flower will bloom wherever it is planted!  

For the tutorial below, I drew a four-inch square.  Mark the middle--just eyeball it.  No need for precision today…

Begin the flower by stitching a spiral center.  From the spiral, stitch out to the edge of the square to create the petal and curve back to the center. Leave a little space between the petal and the spiral–we are going to fill that in later.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Flower

Curve back toward the edge of the square to create another petal.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Flower

When you reach a corner, you can make the petal turn the corner–as in the top right petal below, or the petal can just reach into the corner–like the bottom right petal in the image below.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Flower

Continue clockwise around the center spiral until you create this little beauty.  The  Square Flower below is lovely.    You can stop right here if you like…

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Flower

However, if you would like more detail…you may need more detail if your flower is very large… add a double line to each of the petals.  To do this, stitch counter clockwise around the spiral.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Flower

Stitch a line into the petal-curved or straight, and back out of the petal, all the way around the flower.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, The Square Flower

Perfect!  If you still need a little more stitching, echo around the outer edge of the flower-(see first photo above)

The tutorial above was quilted with Aurfil in the bobbin, Robison-Anton Rayon on top, using a Schmetz 80 Topstitch needle-on my Bernina 150-domestic sewing machine.  (You don’t NEED a long-arm–Make it work!)

Tomorrow, I will share photos of a small, sunny little vase quilt I am stitching to bring a little summer back.  (You’ve heard of Christmas in July–let’s start our own Flowers in January movement!)

Thursday-Stencil winners announced!

Next week–Variations on The Square Flower…I know you’re going to have fun!

If you still need more color in your day…check out Faye’s Tumblr blog…Color Route Co.–it is particularly colorful this week!   (Faye is one of my five daughters.)

Happy Gardening,

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 and re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you.

Tuesday Tutorial-The Perfect Pumpkin

FMQ Tutorial-The Perfect PumpkinGood morning, Quilters!  It is a lovely, crisp and colorful day here in Minnesota.  Hope you are enjoying all the colors of autumn as well!  I was very surprised by the response to the vintage photos of paper-piecing that I posted on Saturday!  See the post HERE.  I was intrigued by the newspaper that was used for the paper piecing in the 1950s quilt my sister found at a garage sale.  However, I was amazed by the number of dedicated paper-piecers who responded!  You left so many comments and links to new techniques, papers, and quilters that I must give this technique another try!  Thank you for your suggestions…I’ll let you know how it goes…

Today, I would like to jump right in with The Perfect Pumpkin.  Pumpkins are always perfect because they are pretty.  They look great on any Halloween quilt, and also on any fall, Thanksgiving, or  harvest quilt you have in mind.  I can imagine them mixed with The Oak Leaf (see tutorial HERE) on any quilt.  Don’t limit yourself to Halloween quilts!

Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, so you don’t need to stitch The Perfect Pumpkin perfectly--make some small, some large, some squat, some tall, just have fun with this pattern!

FMQ Tutorial-The Perfect Pumpkin

In the sample below, I began with three lines.  The first two lines are 2 inches apart.  The third line is 1/2 inch above the top line. (This is where the stem and leaf will be stitched.)

FMQ Tutorial-The Perfect Pumpkin

Begin just above the bottom “rail”.  Stitch upward and at a slight angle creating the letter “c”.

FMQ Tutorial-The Perfect Pumpkin

Now stitch a curved line downward -creating a smaller letter “c”.  Stop here…

FMQ Tutorial-The Perfect Pumpkin

Stitch up and around to create an oval.  Stop here.

FMQ Tutorial-The Perfect Pumpkin

From the bottom of the oval, stitch to the right-echoing the bottom of the oval, then begin a curved line–like a backward letter “c”- to the top of the pumpkin.

FMQ Tutorial-The Perfect Pumpkin

At the top of the pumpkin, stitch a rectangle stem, and if you like, stitch a little curly vine or a leaf…

FMQ Tutorial-The Perfect Pumpkin

Next, stitch across the top of the pumpkin (under the stem).  Finally, stitch one more “backward letter ‘c'” to complete the pumpkin.

FMQ Tutorial-The Perfect Pumpkin

Easy as pie!  –though I prefer apple to pumpkin if we’re choosing desserts!

FMQ Tutorial-The Perfect Pumpkin

Doodle first-five minutes–then off to your sewing machine to give this free motion quilt motif a try on your domestic sewing machine –I use a Bernina 820–or on your long arm.

FYI:  For the above tutorial, I used Sulky thread on top, 50 wt Aurifil in the bobbin and Warm and Natural batting.

Tomorrow–I have a few photos of these pumpkins in a quilt–that I’d like to share…

We will be talking about batting on Open Line Friday this week.  Let me know if you have any other questions…

From my pumpkin patch to yours,

Lori

PS…All images and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt.  You may pin and re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  Please contact me for any commercial use…