Flower of the Month-Larkspur Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Can you believe it is August?!!  Time flies and summer flies faster!

Today, we are stitching the JULY flower of the month *sigh*…

If YOUR birthday was in July, Happy Birthday!

Larkspur and Water Lilies are YOUR birth flower.

(I spent most of the month working on a Water Lily. Unfortunately when in was quilted, it looked more like Pac-Man than a flower, but I’ll keep trying)

Larkspur represents strong bonds of love and a happy nature!

THE LARKSPUR MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

This motif can be stitched quite large and will fill a quilt very quickly.  Use it as an All-over motif to cover an entire quilt (in lieu of stippling) or as a background motif to fill individual blocks.

Begin by stitching a sideways “V”.

Add a wide “V” Add a sideways “v” Complete the X with an upside down V.

Now you are ready to stitch the shape of the flower.  Stitch several shallow scallops around the X.Echostitch the flower 2-3 times.

Add another X anywhere along the echo stitching.Larkspur, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

To create the next flower shape, echo the line of the previous flower–this will make the flowers look clustered and over-lapping.Continue adding Xs, flowers and echostitching….

Easy!

Especially if you DOODLE FIRST!

Larkspur, FMQ, Lori KennedyAs I look at it now, it reminds me of a cotton boll too!

Hmmm….wonder if that is the flower for August or September–maybe I could say I’m ahead of schedule!

Happy as a Lark,

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!

June Birthday Flower of the Month-The Rose

 

Rose, Clemens Garden, St. CloudGood Morning, Quilters!

If your birthday was in June–Happy Birthday!

Roses are YOUR birth flower.

Roses mean love, honor, faith, confidence…depending on the color and have been grown for more than 5000 years!

ROSES ARE EASY!

Roses were my grandmother’s favorite flower–one half her yard was dedicated to formal roses,  but until recently, I was too intimidated to plant roses in my garden.  They seemed so fussy-special feedings, pruning…aphids!

Then I watched Paul Zimmerman’s Craftsy Class:  The Gardener’s Guide to Growing Roses.  It’s a very practical guide that takes the mystery out of growing roses, discusses the history of roses and helps you choose roses to suit your gardening personality-from low maintenance shrubs to more formal tea roses.   I now have more than a dozen roses (all low-maintenance) in my garden and I love them!

ALL CRAFTSY CLASSES ARE ON SALE!

It’s the perfect time to pick up a gardening class–or one of a machine quilting class!

Craftsy Sale

May I recommend:

Craftsy Title CardDoodle to Design, Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

MACHINE QUILTING ROSES

We have stitched two different rose motifs:

Nora’s Rose Machine Quilt Tutorial HERENora's Rose Free Motion Quilting thread samples

Rose quilt, Aurifil thread

And the messy spiral, Christmas Rose HERE

Christmas Rose, FMQ, Kennedy

ROSE PAPER PIECING

Our friend, Peggy created a Rose paper pattern HERE

Rose: Paper Piecing Pattern

The Rose-Pattern by Peggy Aare

May your quilts and your gardens be filled with roses!

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!

 

 

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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!