Flower of the Month-Machine Quilting Tutorial

Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Good Morning,Quilters!

Good thing there are 31 days in May!  I needed all 31 days to finish this tutorial before the deadline  end of the month!

If YOUR birthday is in May–Happy (belated) Birthday!

A RETURN TO HAPPINESS

Lily of the Valley is YOUR birthday flower!

How lucky for YOU!  I LOVE everything about this pretty little flower–from the shape of the leaves, the nodding flowers and the scent!  Lilies of the Valley represent humility, purity and is said to bring luck in love.  This beautiful bouquet flower also means a “return to happiness”.

It’s a perfect flower for YOUR next quilt.  If your birthday is in May, perhaps you could add a single Lily to each of your quilts as your hidden signature?

LILY OF THE VALLEY MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.  Begin stitching in between the two lines.  Start with a curlicue knot and sweep to the left sideline.  Stitch on the left side line for several stitches.

 

Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Taper near the tip of the line and sweep back to the starting line.  Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Sweep back to the left sideline.Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Curl around to the center Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Add the left side of the “nodding bell” of the lily.Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Add three triangles to form the lower aspect of the Lily.Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Add the right side of the “bell” of the Lily.Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Sweep to the right sideline to begin the next Lily in the border.

Taper slightly then sweep back to the beginning.Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Sweep to the right sideline and curl around.  Stitch a simple Lily shape.Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

 

For a larger border, stitch two rows of Lilies with a different motif in the center.
Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

With a little doodling, this motif could be transformed into an allover motif–give it a try!

May all YOUR quilts be completed weeks before the deadline!

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.  Thank you!

Daisy Crazy-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Are you crazy for daisies like I am?  If so, this motif is going to bloom in your quilted garden!

Daisy Crazy can be used as a single motif in the center of a block, stitched in a single row as a border, or stitched in multiple rows for a fabulous background.

DAISY CRAZY-THE MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing three parallel lines.  Begin stitching on the centerline.  Stitch a straight vertical line.  With a sideways figure “8” motion, add a pair of pointed leaves.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch on the centerline then add another pair of pointed leaves.

Stitch 2-3 sets of leaves.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

After the last set of leaves, stitch a long line.  Next, stitch a teardrop shape.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch under the base of the teardrop, closely echo stitching the left side.  Add a rounded petal.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Add another rounded petal on the left side of the stem, then cross over to add two more rounded petals.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Complete the fourth petal, then stitch on the teardrop to the tip of the flower.  Stitch on the centerline to begin the next motif.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Or stitch back to the base of the teardrop and echo stitch the stem to begin the next motif in a row.

Daisy Crazy, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Don’t be a lazy daisy…

Doodle the Crazy Daisy before stitching it or else you’ll end up with an Oopsy Daisy!

Sometimes one has to amuse oneself…

Signed,

 

Your Ditzy Daisy Quilter,

Lori

For more than Sixty  step-by-step tutorials including an entire chapter of Flower Motifs-–Check out my new book:

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

You can receive Personalized, autographed copies from my Etsy shop:  The Inbox Jaunt Shop HERE

or from Amazon HERE (available in Print and Kindle!)

Machine Quilting 1-2-3, Lori Kennedy

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 Daffodil-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Before we run out of days…The Flower of the Month for March is The Daffodil.

(See January- Carnations HERE

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorialand February-Violets  HERE)

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Violets

If YOUR birthday is in March–Happy Birthday!

Daffodils are the Birth flower for March birthdays.

Daffodils are also given for 10th wedding anniversaries, and are common as Easter flowers.

Daffodils represent joy and happiness.  As one of the earliest flowers of Spring, they also represent rebirth, hope, mirth and new beginnings.

Did you know…Bulbs from daffodils are harvested and processed for a chemical that aids in the treatment of Alzheimer’s?

MACHINE QUILTING-THE DAFFODIL

Daffodils don’t grow on vines, but we are going to use a little “artistic license” here and make it a vine.  (Next week we will stitch another Daffodil motif that is planted in the ground like it is supposed to be…)

We are going to use a little machine quilting trick in the center of the flower so that we exit on the top of the flower….

BEGIN WITH A LOOSE SCREW

To begin, stitch a Loose Screw  ending on the top of the spiral.

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a wavy line back to the “vine”.

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch three kite shaped petals, ending on the top of the flower.

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Now here’s the TRICK….

Stitch a wavy line on the right side of the spiral, back to the stem….Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Then add the last two petals and trail off to begin the next flower on the vine.Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Complete all the Daffodils from edge to edge…

Then echo-stitch the right side of the flowers, adding the classic Daffodil leaf–a slim line with another bent, slim leaf…
Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add slim leaves between the petals and along the vine–anywhere there is a space that needs filling.

Repeat the echo stitch step on the other side of the Daffodil to complete the motif.

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

LAYERING IN

By stitching this motif in three passes–

  1. The Daffodils,
  2. the right-sided echo stitching and leaves, then
  3. the left-sided echo stitching and leaves

–you do what I call–“Layering In” –or developing a motif by adding details in different rows of stitching.

A daffodil always makes me smile!

What about YOU?

What’s YOUR favorite Spring flower?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

Your Joyful Jonquil,

Lori

For more than Sixty  step-by-step tutorials including an entire chapter of Flower Motifs-–Check out my new book:

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

You can receive Personalized, autographed copies from my Etsy shop:  The Inbox Jaunt Shop HERE

or from Amazon HERE (available in Print and Kindle!)

Machine Quilting 1-2-3, Lori Kennedy

 

 

 

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!