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…
Aurifil Cotton Thread, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

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.

Aurifil Cotton Thread, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

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

Aurifil Cotton Thread, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

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

Aurifil Cotton Thread, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

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!

 

Red, White and Blue-An Easy Block Pattern

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Some of you wanted to join me in my Late Night Quilting…Read more HERE  as I work on a quick and easy Red and White (with a little blue) quilt.  I hope to have this finished by the Fourth of July….(though I didn’t specify what year!)

This is an EASY quilt block!

First you have to “see” the block–that’s not so easy!

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

It is difficult to see because the sashing between the blocks is a repeated element from inside the quilt block.

The block itself is a variation on The Shoo Fly block–a nine patch block.

(Does anyone know if this block has a name??)

The block is just four Half Square Triangles, with a center square and divided rectangles in between.

Easy cutting!  Easy Stitching!

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

For each block: Cut two 5 inch solid red squares.  ( I used charm squares from Boundless, America the Brave Collection-35% OFF!!!-see my affiliate link HERE)

PS…Craftsy has a huge sale right now–pick up some Aurifil thread, too–it’s rare to find it at this price!!

Boundless America the Brave Collection

In addition, Cut two 5 inch squares from print fabric.  (Try to find fabric that has a white background for best contrast.)

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Cut Four rectangles 2 x 2-1/2 inches from a large print.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Cut Four rectangles 2-2/12 inches from another large graphic print.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

NOTE-If all the rectangles will be of the same fabric–stitch 2-1/2 inch strips of each fabric together, press and then cut 2 inch sub cuts.  (Thanks, Judy!)

Cut one blue square:  2 x 2 inches.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

MAKE THE HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

With right sides together, layer the print squares on top of the solid red squares.

To mark the Half Square Triangles (HST)–use a ruler to mark the stitching lines

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Or mark the cutting line and use it to line up your presser foot for stitching.  (This is the method I usually use.)

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Stitch.  Cut apart. Press.

The HST will be slightly larger than what we need–trim to 4-1/2 inches.

For the most accuracy–I like this method the best–making the squares slightly larger, then trimming.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Lay out the pieces…

Stitch the blocks…

Trim the blocks to 10 inches

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Add sashing (same measurements)  between the blocks to create the quilt!

Red White Quilt, Lori Kennedy

I have not included every step…there is some work in between…

My quilt is a 9 patch–Nine blocks with sashing in between.  I’m going to add a solid red border so I can add Shining Star Quilting from last week’s tutorial.

Any Red and White Quilts in YOUR future?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Hurray!

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!