Easy Breezy Flowers-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Flowers, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I know winter is fast approaching, but this is what popped up in my sketchbook–Flowers!

Sometimes when I am doodling mindlessly a gem emerges…

This flower is simple to stitch and can be scaled much larger or quite small.  Stitch it on red fabric to make a quick Christmas pillow or add it to any quilt to quickly fill the background.

THE EASY BREEZY FLOWER-MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching a curl.  Echo stitch the curl.

Flowers, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a wavy line around the curl.

Flowers, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch the wavy line.

Flowers, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch another curl with echo stitching.

The trick here is to tuck the wavy line (petals) into the adjacent flower to create a cluster effect.

Flowers, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Because the flower is so free-form this is easy to do!

Easy….

Flowers, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Breezy!

Hope YOU will stitch this on YOUR next quilt!

SUNFLOWER TO POINSETTIA QUILT SHOW

Please send YOUR photos from our quilt-a-long by December 5th!  We will have a “People’s Choice Award” with prizes!

Send photos to lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Don’t forget to add “Sunflower Sampler” in the subject line!

Happy Stitching!

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!

 

Challenge Winner and “Hyperquilting”

Machine Quilting, Sewing Notions, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Health Nuts!

I am so excited about the work you all have been doing–getting out of those chairs and MOVING MORE.

There were times when I really didn’t want to put my sewing down…but I couldn’t let the group (or myself) down.  #noexcuses #theinboxjaunts #losethosefatquarters!

It’s clear that we all face challenges–some are time related, others face complex medical issues…and I’ve been delighted to hear that so many of you have put your health first and made the decision to MOVE MORE.

Whatever YOUR level–KEEP MOVING!!!  

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The Winner of the Run for the Roses Challenge is….

Barbara Frank

Congratulations, Barbara!! (Please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com with your shipping address.)

Machine Quilting, Sewing Notions, Lori Kennedy

PRIZE FOR NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE

I’m currently putting the finishing touches on the quilt prize for next week’s challenge.

It’s another Horizontal Composition, like the Mystery Sailboat Sampler and The First Class Quilt-

Machine Quilting, Sewing Notions, Lori Kennedy

I started with rows of

Spools

Needles

Pin Cushions

and added a little

Lettering.

Machine Quilting, Sewing Notions, Lori Kennedy

Then I switched to a variegated thread in green to create the background.

Machine Quilting, Sewing Notions, Lori Kennedy

I outlined each motif and then added echo stitching and spirals….

Machine Quilting, Sewing Notions, Lori Kennedy

As you know….I LOVE to stitch!

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 Dizzy Daisy-A FREE, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

 

Good morning, Quilters!

It’s Tuesday…time for another FREE, free motion quilt tutorial!

From the moment this pattern appeared on my sketchbook, I knew it would be one of my favorites.

And, yes…it did appear as if by magic. Serendipity happens sometimes when one doodles aimlessly-

Another reason for YOU to doodle frequently!

Today’s pattern would look great in the background of any quilt.  It is modern, but sophisticated enough to be included in the most formal of quilts.

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingBegin stitching in the corner of the quilt–along a border.

Begin by stitching a spiral

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingStitch around the spiral and take two straight stitches along the border.

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

Spiral around as many times as you would like.  Make some of the spirals large and some small-this makes the pattern more interesting to “read”.

Next, begin stitching another spiral by sweeping away from the first motif.

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingStitch around the new spiral…whenever you reach the first spiral, take two stitches–parallel to the first spiral and stitch back around…the outer rotations will not be full circles…

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingContinue adding new spirals…

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingAn entire background could be filled with just the connected spirals.  Gorgeous!

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingTo add a little “daisy” to our “dizzy”….add the petals from The Happy Blossom Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingThen add more spirals…

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

In not time at all, you’ll be “Dizzy with Daisies” and your quilt will be complete!

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

I think this is my new favorite….

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingBut then again, I say that every week…

I’ve stitched so many Dizzy Daisies…I feel faint…I think I’ll take a little nap…THEN I’ll go clean the house?!

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona cotton fabric using Aurifil 28/2 cotton thread on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle.  The batting is Tuscany Silk–new for me, I’m giving it a whirl and a twirl and spin….I’ll let you know what I think.

PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!