I Love Home-Block One and a Giveaway!

 

Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OneGood Afternoon, Quilters!

Welcome to all the quilters joining us from the I Love Home blog hop!

Today is the first day of the Jacquelynne Steves Block of the month project.  There are eight quilters participating–a great chance to see one quilt completed eight different ways as well as an opportunity to meet 8 new bloggers!  WIN-WIN!

Speaking of WIN–each month YOU will have an opportunity to win great prizes by visiting new websites.

All of the patterns are offered at Jacquelyn’s’ website FREE!  Just sign up at The Art of Home HERE.

BLOCK ONE

When you sign up you will receive the pattern for Block One today.  (The other blocks will be available FREE each month).

https://jacquelynnesteves.comAs you can see, I changed the color way.  I used a medium blue fabric in the center because I plan to machine quilt (with a Aurifil 28wt cotton thread) the motifs in the center of each block– (most quilters are appliquéing the houses in the center).

Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OneAURIFIL THREAD GIVEAWAY

Aurifil Thread is sponsoring the  Block One giveaway!  Thank you, Aurifil! Aurifil 50wt cotton is the perfect thread to use in both the bobbin and on top when piecing this lovely quilt.  When we begin quilting it, my choice is 28wt cotton by Aurifil–the heavier weight shows our quilted line better!

Win one of the thread collections by leaving a comment at an of the designers who are participating in the blog hop.  YOU have eight chances to win!  You must leave a comment by August 14!

Aurifil Thread GiveawayA FEW TIPS

Time Saving Techniques

The center of the four blocks are all the same, so it will save time if you stitch four at once.
Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OneThe corner squares are all the same as well--so stitch all 16!
Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OnePIECING TIPS

Thread:

I always piece with Aurifil 50 wt in both the top and the bobbin.  We will use the heavier weight-Aurifil (28wt) cotton when we begin machine quilting. (More on that to come)

Machine Set-up

For best piecing technique, be sure to use a single hole throat plate.  The smaller hole helps support the fabric from below and the needle can pierce the fabric more readily–less jamming and better stitch formation.

A Favorite Tool

Have your stiletto handy–it really helps feed the pieces through the machine–especially as you feed each new piece under the presser foot.

Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block One

When you’re done, give the block a quick pressing and admire your work!
Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block One
Be sure to check back frequently-

We will be doodling some options for the center block quilting–to make our quilts look like HOME!

Happy Homemaking!

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!

Quick Tip-Quilting with Pre-Cuts

Charm Squares, QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Do YOU ever quilt with pre-cuts?

Last week, when I was using charm squares (5 x 5″) from different manufacturers, I came across this little problem:Charm Squares, Quilting

 

Argh!  I had to cut my pre-cuts!

My friend Kelly Ashton–known for precision piecing–recommends that you measure all your precuts before stitching–and you may need to do a little trimming!

She did a little research and learned -more than 150 layers are cut at a time!  –

With that many cut at once, it is likely that some grading will occur.

Charm Squares, QuiltingAlso, when fabric is cut with a pinked edge–some manufactures measure from the zig–while others measure from the zag!

I found it too confusing–so I re-cut my pre-cuts!

Charm Squares, Quilting

Thank you, Kelly for setting me straight!

(For more tips like this get Kelly’s Craftsy video (25% off):  Conquering Challenging Seams

and check out her very thoughtful blog, Kellyquilter.com)

What about YOU?

Do YOU ever use pre-cuts?

Do YOU have any pre-cut or piecing tips to share?

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!

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!