The Caboose-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Today we are finishing our Circus Train with The Caboose

1-2-3 Caboose!  1-2-3 Caboose ( A game we used to play to pass time while waiting for loooong trains in Chicago!)

You can find the Circus Train Engine HERE

and The Coal Car HERE

FREE MOTION MACHINE QUILTING 1-2-3

Before we get started…I want to say a big “Thank you” to Sandy from Hissyfitz Designs for reviewing  Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3  

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Thank you, Sandy!

  Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 (Available  HERE on Etsy)

CABOOSE MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two lines 3 inches apart.  Add a line 3/4 inch above the bottom line.

Stitch two Silly Spirals, ending on the right side of the wheel.
Stitch over the wheel.   Stitch two to three stitches between the wheels and over the front wheel.   Circus Train, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch up and create a bumper….then stitch a straight line.  Add a rectangle.

Stitch an upper rectangle.

Stitch over and back to complete the top of the Caboose. Stitch to the left, and drop down to create a small window.Stitch a second rectangle window.

Stitch a straight line down to finish the Caboose.  

This would be an adorable border on ANY quilt!

Just a little doodling and lots of ways to personalize…

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….

I THOUGHT I could, I THOUGHT I could, I THOUGHT I Could!

YOU can do this!!!

Lori

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The Coal Car-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

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BACK TO WORK…

THE COAL CAR-MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Last week we started stitching The Circus Train, an adorable border motif.

Begin by drawing two lines–3 inches apart.  Add a line 3/4 inch above the lower line.

Begin stitching between the two lower lines.  Stitch a Silly Spiral to create a wheel.  Stop stitching on the right side of the first “wheel”.

Stitch over several stitches and begin another Silly Spiral Wheel. Again, end on the right side of the “wheel”.

Travel from right to left over the top of the first spiral Stitch over one to two stitches then over the top of the first wheel–to the front of the Coal Car. Stitch up and at an angle to create the front of the car.  Add a little jog and stitch a horizontal line. Stitch a long horizontal line–stitching past the right wheel.  Stitch back to the left,, stopping just before the left edge of the Coal Car. Now is the fun part….

Add a decorative element like a deep zig zag.

Complete the decorative element, then finish the right side to complete the Coal Car.

Stitch to begin the next Coal Car.

Have fun coming up with a variety of decorative elements….

Wouldn’t it be fun to add pretty packages or animals in the cars?

Don’t worry about perfection—just have fun decorating the cars.

And of course, doodle first!!

Chugga,  chugga, Choo-Choo!!!

Signed,

Conductor Lori

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The Circus Train-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Train, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

The Circus has come to town!

(Sadly, Ringling will perform its last act this May–Read more at Ringling.com)

This tutorial was requested by several readers, however it took me a long time to create a continuous line design that was teachable in a Tuesday Tutorial format.  Thank you for your patience!

NOTE-Today we will stitch the Train Engine and we will add the Coal Cars and Caboose next week.

There are many steps–but each step is EASY–so don’t be overwhelmed!!

THE CIRCUS TRAIN-MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines -3 inches apart.  Add a line 3/4″ above the bottom line.  (Or fit to YOUR quilt!)

Begin stitching on the line above the bottom line.

Stitch a right triangle.  Stitch down several stitches then stitch a short horizontal line.

Add a Silly Spiral (see tutorial HERE)

Stitch over several stitches and create another Silly Spiral.

End the Silly Spiral on the right edge of the Train’s wheel.

Stitch through both wheels (from right to left) then stitch a straight vertical line to create the front of the train.

Stitch a short horizontal line, then add a smokestack…add a few more horizontal stitches. Stitch a vertical line, jog to the left and add a short rectangle. Stitch horizontally from right to left, stitch back a few stitches.

Drop down to create a window. Complete the window, stitch to the right 3-4 stitches, then complete the back of the Train Engine with a straight vertical line (or add a little bumper)…

Chugga, Chugga….

Here’s the entire tutorial…(In the photo below, step one is shown twice…)

Again, don’t be discouraged–it is easier than it looks with just a little doodling!

I-think-I-can,

I-think-I-can,

I-think-I-can!

From my Circus to YOURS!

Happy Quilting!

Lori

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