Beginner Loops- A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

First of all, I’d like to THANK YOU-all those who voted for The Inbox Jaunt as Best Overall Quilt Blog HERE and for all your very kind words of support.  I was delighted to hear that so many of you have found the blog and the tutorials helpful and inspiring!  Means my time and effort have been worthwhile.  Again, Thank you.

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BEGINNER LOOPS FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

I would like to start by emphasizing–Quilting does not have to be complicated to be beautiful!

Simple patterns like Loops can be very pretty.  If you’re a beginner, find a motif that is easy for you to so ensure success.  AND don’t avoid free motion quilting because it looks complicated.  YOU can do this!

Today’s motif is a simple pattern.  Stitch it horizontally–it is just like writing the lower case letter “l” in cursive.

Draw two lines one inch apart.  Stitch simple loops. Stitch with the lines horizontally or vertically-which ever is easier.

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingStitch another row with the loops facing the opposite direction.  Isn’t this a beautiful motif?!  It would make a lovely border.

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingOr draw the first two lines 1 inch apart and add a third line 1/2 inch to the right.

Stitch the first set of loops and then interlock the second row of loops.

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingAdd echo stitching with a loop…Fabulous!

Beginners Loops, Free Motion Quilting

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingKeep it SIMPLE and YOU’ve got it made!

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

PPS.  This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 820 on Kona cotton with Sulky 30wt Rayon on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.

Mistletoe and Berries-Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!  Are YOU ready for Christmas?  The countdown continues…just 16 days to finish your Christmas gifts!  I’m sure someone on your list would love a table runner with Mistletoe & Berries!

MISTLETOE & BERRIES FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

The leaves for this motif are very similar to quilted feathers.

If you’re a pro at feathers, this pattern will be easy for you.

If you are new to feathers, this is a great motif to start your practice.– just three feathers at a time…Soon YOU will be ready to take on Quilted Feathers…(tutorials coming in 2015!)

DRAWING RAILS

Begin by drawing two lines one inch apart.  These are “rails”  – guidelines to keep our stitching tidy. (Of course, YOUR rails can be any distance apart!)

In between the lines, draw a very shallow curved line.  All of the leaves and berries will come back to this line.

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion QuiltingBegin stitch on the curved, center line.  Stitch at an angle toward the right rail. Curve around and back to the center line-leaving a small gap above the starting point.

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion QuiltingNext, stitch another petal angling toward the left rail.  Again, stop just above the previous stitching–ON the drawn, curvy line.

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion QuiltingStitch one more petal to the right and STOP on the line.  This is a good place to stop (with the needle down) to think and plan, or adjust the quilt as necessary.

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion Quilting

Stitch UP several stitches along the curvy, drawn line.  Stop.  Stitch a circle. (Circle tutorial HERE)

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion Quilting

Add two more circles, traveling on top of the previous stitching if necessary, to create a cluster of three berries.

BEAUTIFUL!

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion Quilting

Continue UP the curvy line to create the next Mistletoe and Berries.

NOTE-One side will always have two Mistletoe leaves.  Alternate the double-leaf side from right to left for a more balanced look.

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion Quilting

 

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion Quilting

String some Cranberries between the rows of Mistletoe–PERFECT!

Add Mistletoe & Berries to YOUR Christmas quilts and you’ll certainly be smothered with kisses!

Also, be sure to try one of MY FAVORITE Free motion quilt tutorials:  The Snowflake

And you might also like The Snow Crystal Quilt….

Lots more quilting this week…

Smooching in Stillwater,

Lori

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 re-blog, Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

Start Today–Open Line Friday

Free Motion Quilting, Fonts

Hoooooray!  It’s Friday!  It was a busy week at The Inbox Jaunt!

I loved hearing all the circus stories–One of our followers, “Boo Grandma” wrote about her  four uncles who were trapeze artists–And Boo actually travelled with the circus once!

I’m sure there’s a circus free motion quilting motif in our future…

On Tuesday, it seems we were all ready for more Fun in the Sun with the Sunshine Free motion quilting variations

Wednesday was especially busy with two posts in one day–(oops!)—Thank you, Peggy for The Girl Sewing Paper Pieced pattern–it was very popular…

And a little improvisational appliqué

WHAT IS IMPROVISATIONAL APPLIQUE?

Several people asked me about improvisational appliqué process.  So let’s begin Open Line Friday…

Improvisational quilting is…basically…working without a pattern or a real plan…just “winging it”

Improvisational quilting is intuitive quilting--doing what “feels and looks right” at the moment.  For example, this week my only plan was to use the fused fabric I had on hand to cut out shapes.  I have no idea what the final project will look like…(I might hate it, I might love it…) that’s part of the fun!

Free Motion Quilting, FontsOPEN LINE FRIDAY—MY QUESTION TO YOU 

Is there some skill, quilting or non-quilting that you would like to learn?  

What if you could give that skill just 15 minutes per day?

I KNOW if you gave Free Motion Quilting or Doodling 15 minutes per day for one year–you would be THRILLED with your progress…

Free Motion Quilting, FontsWHAT WILL YOU START TODAY?

Lori

PS…Today’s sample was stitched on my Bernina 820 (without a stitch regulator) with Aurifil 28/2 cotton on top and Aurifil 50wt in the bobbin using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle.

PPS…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 reblog, pin, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you, kindly!