Time to Play-Bird Applique

Bird AppliqueGood Morning, Quilters!

After all my focused work getting ready for My Craftsy Adventure, I needed a little time to “play”.

I gave myself one hour to play with shapes, and fabrics from my scrap bag and came up with this bird. (Similar to The Baby Bird FMQ Tutorial)

Bird AppliqueThen I glue basted the pieces onto part of an old “Tuesday Tutorial”. (Diamonds are Forever FMQ)

I’m going to play with some 12 weight cotton embroidery.  I LOVE the spools of cotton embroidery thread offered by companies like Superior Threads, Sulky Threads and Aurifil Threads.

I don’t really have a plan yet, I just want to experiment with stitches.Bird AppliqueI’m sure I have more important things to do…but a day without sewing is like a day without sunshine!

More photos to follow…

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!

 

Tuesday Tutorial-The Double Loop Vine

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Welcome Quilters!  Today is Tuesday, and hopefully your Monday chores are complete:  paperwork filed, laundry tucked neatly in drawers and the garden watered.  Well, even if it’s not all done…let’s sneak away and do a little stitching in our sewing rooms…Today’s tutorial is the Double Loop Vine (I’m open to renaming this one if anyone has any suggestions???)  There are two variations to this pattern to test drive today.  The Double Loop Vine is pictured in the image above and Variation 2 is in the photo below.Free motion quilting

This pattern is a little different than the motifs we have stitched so far.  In this pattern, we will introduce a “wavy” rail.  (Note:  A “rail” is a drawn line used as a guideline and is erased after the stitching is complete.)  For this pattern, draw two straight line “rails” to serve as top and bottom guidelines- two inches apart.  In between, draw a third, slightly curvy “rail”.   Simply, free -hand draw this line.  The curvy “rail” should be a gentle wave.   If you like, draw another wavy rail a scant 1/4 inch away from the first line.  I usually draw the first wavy rail and just “eyeball” the second line as I stitch it.   Do whatever is easier for you.

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

We will be stitching the first vine directly on the wavy rail.  The second vine will be just off the first vine.

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Begin stitching on the wavy rail a short distance, then stitch a small loop.  Try to keep the loops perpendicular to the top and bottom rails.  

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Next, stitch a second loop around the first loop and stop.  Stitch along the wavy rail.

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

You are ready to begin your second “leaf”.   Try to keep the double loops or leaves the same size for The Double Loop Vine.  This will create a little space within the top and bottom rail lines.  Also, try to keep the spacing between each set of loops on the vine consistent.

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

 

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Once you have completed the first row of the vine, begin the second row.  For best results, try to keep the spacing between the two lines as even as possible. (Drawing the second wavy “rail” might be very helpful–see above.)

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

In Variation 2--the entire space between the top and bottom rails is filled by the vine.  As the vine dips, the loops get larger.  Each loop touches the top or bottom rail.

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Both patterns have their own character.  Cousins you might say…

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

I stitched these motifs on my domestic sewing machine… a Bernina 820, but they would work quite well on a long arm sewing machine.

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Later in the week, I will be posting readers’ questions for everyone to help solve…Tomorrow is Work in Progress Wednesday...can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on…and to hear about YOUR current projects!

Stitch Away!

Lori

WIP-Home Sweet Home and The Creative Process

Home Sweet Home, Free Motion Quilting

Today is Work-in-Progress Wednesday.  I have so many works in progress that I would need a month (or two) of Wednesdays to show them all.  Home Sweet Home is a theme swirling in my head right now.  I decided it was time to test a few of my ideas on fabric.  Some of these patterns are already tutorials:  See Row Houses HERE, The Townhouse HERE and The Picket Fence HERE.    I am trying to incorporate more lettering in my quilting as well.  I like the personal touch it can add.  Read more about lettering HERE.

Home Sweet Home, Free Motion Quilting

This is a very preliminary piece where I tried to stitch  out some of my ideas.   I also incorporated a few of the doodles from my notebook.   Once I choose a theme for a quilt, I go back and forth between stitching and doodling.  Some of the doodles do not translate well to stitching.  Whenever possible, I create continuous line designs from my sketches.  (Continuous line designs allow quilters to stitch without stopping and knotting. )  Once I have several motifs worked out, I will begin a large quilt.  I never totally pre-plan all of my free motion quilting.  Most of it is spontaneous-using all of my samples (many of which are in the tutorials above.)

Home Sweet Home, Free Motion Quilting

I’d love to hear how you dive into a large project.  Do you stitch, doodle, stitch, doodle like me?  Do you follow a pattern?  Do you stitch a quilt from beginning to end or do you work on several projects at a time?

I am fascinated by the creative process and will be writing more about it in the weeks ahead.

If you would like to share your projects, please send a photo to my e-mail: Lckennedy@hotmail.com.  I will be setting up a Flickr group for all of us to share photos… on My September To Do List