Batting-A Machine Quilting Quick Tip

Annie Smith Applique

Happy Monday, Quilters!

It was a busy weekend here–signing and shipping hundreds of copies of my new book–Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3!  You can still get an autographed copy from my Etsy shop HERE

It was great fun to see so many familiar names!!!

I LOVED reading the notes many of you left with your orders–Thank YOU!

I’ve heard a few of you have found copies at your Local Quilt Shop!  Woo hoo!  Have you started working your way through the motifs?  Are you skipping around?

A BATTING QUICK TIP

Several weeks ago, I was honored to be asked to quilt Annie Smith’s “Love is Spoken Here” quilts.  The quilts are to showcase her appliqué and her 28wt thread collection for Aurifil.

The 28 wt thread is perfect for appliqué–AND perfect for machine quilting! (See Love is Spoken Here thread collections)
Quilt Batting

OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE

As you know, I usually quilt with white thread on  bright color fabrics–so this project was a fun stretch of my skills–and an opportunity to try new things.

One thing I learned….The white batting fibers really showed up on top of the quilt–and it was very difficult to clean.

Next time, I would use black batting for a black background quilt!

Quilt Batting

CONSIDER QUILT TOP FABRICS WHEN CHOOSING BATTING

Cotton batting has dark flecks which may show through on white or very light fabrics.

One side of the batting seems to have more flecks than the other–so just flipping the batting can make  a difference.

Quilt Batting

The other option is to use bleached white batting…

Quilt Batting

My two favorite battings are Warm and Natural cotton for art quilts because it is low loft.

And wool batting (it is washable) for bed quilts.  It quilts beautifully and is as soft as butter with time and use!

What about YOU?

What’s YOUR favorite batting?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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!

A Quilter’s Palette

Annie Smith

Photo courtesy of Ann Hammel

Good Morning, Quilters!

Remember when you were a kid and you got a new box of Crayolas?

Maybe you were lucky enough to get the 64-pack?!

NOTHING was better to me than a new box of Crayolas…

But I’ve grown up…

In some ways…
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As part of my collaboration with Aurifil Designer, Annie Smith, I received her full collection of 28wt cotton thread to use as I quilted her two quilts. (28 weight thread is very nice for machine quilting–it’s heavier and show up well.  Note-The 28wt comes on a gray spool!)

First, I just played with them…lining them up in different combinations on the insert from my thread box.

Then I started to stitch.

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Annie’s quilts are appliqué on black–a new challenge for me.

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Once I got started-there was no stopping me….

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And there was NO laundry

and

No dinner

and

No dusting (does anyone really dust?)

What about YOU?

Did YOUR love of coloring morph into a love of quilting?

Did you outline your coloring pages before you colored them in?

Do you still color?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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!

 

A Sneak Peek at a Work in Progress

Annie Smith Applique, Lori Kennedy Machine Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’ve been busy, busy, busy stitching away on a quilt for my friend, Annie Smith.

You may remember that  I quilted one of her blocks several months ago...I was nervous to get started because Annie’s appliqué and designs are award-winning. (She wrote The Ultimate Applique Guidebook: 150 Patterns, Hand & Machine Techniques, History, Step-by-Step Instructions, Keys to Design & Inspiration (including some of the motifs you see here)  AND…

Annie is a Quilt Judge!

Did you ever notice that being nervous makes your quilting worse, not better?

I had to put away my desire for perfection and just start quilting.

Once I relaxed, the stitches flowed  better.

Annie Smith, Applique, Machine Quilting

ANNIE SMITH-AURIFIL DESIGNER

Recently, Annie was asked to be an Aurifil designer.  She got to choose 2 sets of 10 threads that will be marketed with her name and her quilt on the label.  As part of the promotion, Annie created two quilts and asked me to quilt them!

I was delighted, and (again) nervous…

Annie Smith Applique, Lori Kennedy Machine Quilting

The flowers are beautiful, and look stunning on the black background… but I have never quilted on black before so this took me out of my comfort zone…(and you know, we are always told that’s supposed to be a good thing?!?)

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The good news…I had all of the colors in Aurifil’s new Annie Smith Collection available as my palette.

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I started the machine quilting as outlined in my  Eight Step to Quilting on Appliqué 

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To give the design unity, I replicated some of the appliqué motifs in the machine quilting.

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The bright colored thread added emphasis to a few design details, while the darker thread receded into the background.

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I chose a dark brown thread on the black background.  This allowed the quilting to be visible, while not competing with the appliqué.

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Annie will be showing the full quilt at Quilt Market in Houston this weekend when Aurifil introduces her new thread collection!

Can’t wait to see her standing in front of the finished quilt!

Photos to follow….

Now back to a little (very little) house cleaning, laundry and maybe I’ll make dinner this week?!

Oh–and emails…I’m way behind on emails…so if YOU sent me an email….

Blame Annie!

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!