A Quick Finish–And A Quick Machine Quilting Tip

Leaf Tablerunner, FMQ

Good Morning, Quilters!

Sometimes it feels good to make something small and finish it–wouldn’t YOU agree?

I started this little table runner as a sample when I was filming Sewing with Nancy a few weeks ago.  (Read more HERE)  (The episodes will air in September, 2017)

Leaf Tablerunner, FMQ

The colors were speaking to me–as Minnesota has been a bit dreary lately…

Leaf Tablerunner, FMQ

SIMPLE QUILTING ON PRINTS

This little quilt demonstrates that machine quilting shows up best on solid or near solid fabric.

Keep your quilting simple everywhere else–then add a zinger of a motif in the solid fabric.

THE OLD CORNER TRICK

Also…instead of figuring out a complicated way to turn the corners–do something different in the corners–no one will know that you didn’t know how to quilt a vine in the corner–it will look like YOU planned it that way all along!

Leaf Tablerunner, FMQ

What about YOU?

Do YOU have any quilting tricks up your sleeve?

Do YOU need a break from a big project?

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!

Silly Spirals-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Happy Valentine’s Day, Quilters!

 

Today we have an EASY–BEGINNER quilt motif!

As you know, I LOVE Spirals, but they are challenging…

(Read Four Steps to Perfect Spirals–my first ever online tutorial—HERE)

To help Beginners get the look of Spirals without the stress, I added The Messy Spiral Rose HERE

Christmas Rose, FMQ, Kennedy

Doodle.FMQ

And now I’ve discovered another EASY Spiral for everyone (beginners and advanced) to enjoy:

THE SILLY SPIRAL-A FREE MOTION, MACHINE QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing parallel lines–any spacing that suits YOUR quilt.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the line.  Stitch a short line and stop.  This stopping point will be the center of the Silly Spiral.

Then begin stitching a circle–clockwise or counterclockwise-whichever is easier for YOU!

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue stitching revolutions around the stopping point…

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add as many layers as you like–two, five, seven…..

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Once the spiral is complete, stitch to the drawn line and stitch along this line.  Remember, wherever you stop will be the center of the next spiral–so be sure to allow enough room.

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

That’s it!

This motif is easy–because the spacing between rows is easier than for regular spirals.

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Doodle Silly Spirals first…then get right to your sewing machine…

We will make a small change to this pattern to create another motif I call “Loose Screws”–coming soon!  So be sure to practice!

Signed,

YOUR Silly Seamstress,

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 Dog Bone Machine Quilting Tutorial

Dog Bone, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Dog-Lovers!

My two Australian Shepherds, Ruby and Roxie,  have been rather frustrated that I have a feline tutorial (see the Cool Cat Here), but I have yet to throw them an FMQ bone.

Today’s tutorial is my response…

Australian Shepard in snow

Dog Bone, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

The Dog Bone Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

This is a very easy motif that can used as a background fill or as a border.

Begin by stitching a 3/4 circle and then a straight line.Dog Bone, Quilt Tutorial, Lori KennedyAdd a partial heart shape…
Dog Bone, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch another parallel line and close the left side of the bone.

Dog Bone, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy To stitch another bone, add a loop-de-loop line…

Dog Bone, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy Add “bow-wow” or your dog’s name in between bones if you like…

Dog Bone, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the motifs in a row to create a border or add the looping lines and stitch a background fill.

Merry Christmas!

BERNINA FURRY FRIENDS CONTEST

Don’t miss BERNINA  Quilts for Furry Friends FB contest.  Voting begins today!

May you be the person your dog thinks you are!

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!