The Language of Flowers

Carnations, vintage Sewing Notions

Good Afternoon, Quilters!

I’m off to a late start today…exciting news to share…

But first–our regular scheduled programming–

I LOVE FLOWERS!!!

When I was started blogging, I consider the tagline:  Quilts. Photography. Family. Flowers…

To me, there is nothing as inspiring as walking (and photographing my way) through a garden, arboretum or garden center in June, July and August–

But in January, February, March and April, when the Minnesota winters are white and cold—-I really LOVE flowers!!!  I seek them out every where–from books to quilting and I buy them every week for my kitchen table, my nightstand and occasionally for my sewing room.

FLORIOGRAPHY – A NEW FRIEND AT THE INBOX JAUNT

For thousands of years, flowers have been given as symbols of love, affection, friendship and sympathy.  They are used on flags and heraldry and the color of the flower has a language of its own.  Flowers are found in songs, books and folklore in most cultures and decorate tiles, textiles and architecture throughout the world.

So this year at The Inbox Jaunt–we are starting a new series:  Machine Quilting the Flower of the Month.

Carnations, vintage Sewing Notions

JANUARY FLOWER OF THE MONTH:  THE CARNATION

If your birthday is in January-Carnations are your flower!

Carnations generally mean love, admiration or affection and each color of carnation carries a different meaning.

Red–deep love

White-pure love or admiration

Green-good luck

Pink-a Mother’s love

Yellow–don’t ever give anyone yellow carnations–they symbolize disappointment or rejection!  (But you can buy them for yourself–LOL!)

Carnations, vintage Sewing Notions

 

Exciting News—I just got off the phone with Nancy Zieman–I’m going to be on her show, Sewing with Nancy.

Filming in February!

(I think I will bring her a posy of Violets–February’s flower.)

 

TOMORROW:  Quilting the Carnation–A Free Motion Tutorial

With Affection,

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!

Easy Breezy Flowers-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Flowers, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I know winter is fast approaching, but this is what popped up in my sketchbook–Flowers!

Sometimes when I am doodling mindlessly a gem emerges…

This flower is simple to stitch and can be scaled much larger or quite small.  Stitch it on red fabric to make a quick Christmas pillow or add it to any quilt to quickly fill the background.

THE EASY BREEZY FLOWER-MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching a curl.  Echo stitch the curl.

Flowers, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a wavy line around the curl.

Flowers, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch the wavy line.

Flowers, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch another curl with echo stitching.

The trick here is to tuck the wavy line (petals) into the adjacent flower to create a cluster effect.

Flowers, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Because the flower is so free-form this is easy to do!

Easy….

Flowers, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Breezy!

Hope YOU will stitch this on YOUR next quilt!

SUNFLOWER TO POINSETTIA QUILT SHOW

Please send YOUR photos from our quilt-a-long by December 5th!  We will have a “People’s Choice Award” with prizes!

Send photos to lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Don’t forget to add “Sunflower Sampler” in the subject line!

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

 

The “Best Of” the Tuesday Tutorials

 

 

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

As you know, I’m lucky enough to be teaching at The John C. Campbell Folk School this morning.

However, I didn’t want you to idle…

So I sorted through some of the social media statistics to bring you The Best of the Tuesday Tutorials.

The tutorial with the most overall “Views”  at The Inbox Jaunt is The Dizzy Daisy.

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

The Brick Wall earned the most “Pins” on Pinterest. (Follow me on Pinterest HERE)

Brick Wall. Free Motion Quilting

And The Spooky Spider has received the highest numbers of “Likes” and “Shares” on Facebook. (Like me on Facebook HERE)

Spider FMQ Tutorial, LKennedy

What do YOU think?

Is YOUR favorite included here?

Have YOU pinned, liked or shared any of the Tuesday Tutorials (it really helps!)

We’d LOVE to hear YOUR quilting faves!

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