The Spring Sampler–The Double Loop Vine

Spring Sampler Double Loop VineGood Morning, Quilters!

How are YOUR Spring Samplers coming along?

Do you have any questions?

Last week I received a few questions on stabilization…I will discuss my method more on Friday–and we will open it up to “Open Line Friday”–Would love to hear YOUR tips and techniques…

THE SPRING SAMPLER–DOUBLE LOOP VINE

Today we will add the Double Loop Vine motif to the  two plain borders on either side of the center.  (The rows that are not pieced half square triangles.)

The Double Loop Vine is a modern motif and can be used in place of traditional feathers in any quilt border.  It is easier than Feathers too!

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

(Find the Double Loop Vine on page 74 of Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 HERE  and online HERE)

MARK THE QUILT

Begin by drawing a shallow wavy line along the border.

(I prefer chalk for marking.)

Spring Sampler Double Loop VineBegin stitching along the drawn wavy line.  Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine

Add a loop.  Stop with the needle down.

Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine

Reverse direction and add a small inner loop.

Stitch along the drawn line again.

Spring Sampler Double Loop VineContinue adding double loops and stitching along the drawn line:

Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine
Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine

At the end of the row, stitch back from right to left…adding double loops.  Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine

 

Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine
Leave a small space between the rows to create a double line in between the leaves.Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine

Complete the first row. Knot off and begin the second border of The Double Loop vine.

Beautiful!  Beautiful!

Happy, Happy Stitching Stitching,

Lori-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!

 

Green Thumb?

Machine Quilting, Flowers, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

While I love gardens, I don’t always have a green thumb…

After weeding all day,

-I picked up a scrap of fabric–a tutorial (see the yellow flowers?) and just started quilting.

These little exercises allow me a chance to clear my head, but as quilts..

most are “fails”…

Once in a while there’s a happy surprise!

I’ll be in my Sewing Garden again tonight!

Your Green Thumbed Quilter,

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 Spring Sampler QAL-Piecing the Quilt Top

Border and HST Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Let’s get started with our Spring Sampler Quilt tops!

REVIEW 

Last week, we choose a color scheme and picked fabrics.

Some of you may have stitched your  40 half square triangles.

And YOU may have made a few designs decisions to make your sampler a different size.

YOUR DESIGN

I will be including all of my design choices for this quilt including cut and finished sizes of each of the blocks and borders, however YOU should be YOUR own designer!

This project is very flexible and is designed to help YOU with YOUR quilts.  The sizes and colors can vary and you will still be able to quilt-a-long.

Don’t hesitate to change the sizes if you have a long table.

Or maybe you have pre-cut fabrics…use them, don’t re-cut them….at least see if they look proportional in your quilt.

The key is:  Use what YOU have and what looks good to YOU!  

Make it easy on yourself.

Then we will modify the machine quilting to fit YOUR quilt!

Spring Quilt-a-long, Lori Kennedy

STEPS

Half Square Triangle Strips

Need 4 strips of half square triangles.   Careful about orientation of each row!  Be sure to orient two rows of HST facing one way and two facing the opposite way…see photos.

Stitch 10 HST in each row.

Your row should now measure 20-1/2 inches (or pretty close).

Sashing Rows

Cut 5 strips.

20-1/2 by 3 inches.

Spring Quilt-a-long, Lori Kennedy

Top and Bottom Borders

The finished size of the borders are 4 inches wide.

Cut the width after you finish piecing.

I used this Kaffe Fasset precut-6-1/2 inches wide.

I decided to not cut to it at all–that gives me flexibility if I decide a deeper border looks better.

Spring Quilt-a-long, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the rows together.

I like to use Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin and top with a size 80 Universal needle.

BERNINA quilters-I love the BERNINA 37D foot for piecing, but remember any time you use a “D” foot you MUST engage the dual feed!

Also, everyone should use a single hole throat plate when piecing–it helps prevent fabric jams and creates the best possible stitch.

PRESSING

Press the seam allowances away from the HST rows.

Carefully press the entire quilt once all of the rows are finished.

Spring Quilt-a-long, Lori Kennedy

TOMORROW

I will show you my no-measure method for adding borders–I use it all the time, much to my sister’s chagrin!

Create the quilt sandwich.

Speaking of sandwiches…it’s lunch time here…

And I have an avocado…

Here’s one of my favorite cooking websites, What’s Gaby Cooking.

Merrily we row-a-long, quilt-a-long, cook-a-long….

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!