From Sunflowers to Poinsettias

FMQ, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy, Christmas

Good Morning, Quilters!

Hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving!

And I hope the fridge is stocked with leftovers so you don’t have to cook tonight because I have a great project to kick off Christmas!

With just a little razzle dazzle,  The Sunflower Sampler becomes the Poinsettia Sampler!

(For those of you who haven’t been here in awhile, The Sunflower Sampler was our recent quilt-a-long.  You can find all the instructions for The Sunflower Sampler HERE.)

FMQ, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy, Christmas

Substitute the Poinsettia FMQ tutorial HERE for the Sunflower center.

Choose alternating curvy and linear motifs around the center to fill the background.  I used Spirals  and The Twist free motion quilting tutorial –and alternated the two motifs in sections around the poinsettia.

By using matching thread, the background recedes and allows the poinsettia to “pop”.

FMQ, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy, Christmas

For a simple border, I added wavy lines-one inch apart- and echo stitched each line for more emphasis.

When I finished  the border, I realized this would have been the perfect time to have used a Twin Needle–but we’ll save that lesson for another day–coming soon!

SEND YOUR PHOTOS–ONLINE QUILT SHOW

Please send photos of YOUR Sunflower, Poinsettia or other sampler for our online quilt show.  We will have a “People’s Choice Award” with prizes!

To enter send one photo per quilt–as many quilts as you like–to lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Please add “Sunflower Sampler” to the subject line so I don’t miss it–by December 5th.

We can’t wait to see what YOU create–AND you will have a great Christmas present ready to give!

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CYBER Monday  Sulky of America, Inc.

There are great deals today at Sulky of America, Inc. –stock up on my favorite threads for machine quilting–30 wt Rayon and 30 wt Cotton–in a HUGE assortment of colors.  I also love KK2000 Temporary Adhesive Spray for basting small items and for appliqué.

Stock up for yourself and for gifts–

We have lots more quilting all week!

And I can’t wait to show you a new project I’m working on…

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!

 

Water and Ice-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Water, Ice Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to all our new followers from The Quilt Show, Pinterest, Facebook and more.  There has been a lot of interest in the Ruining Quilts post.  It is clear–we all have some fears associated with machine quilting.

Fear no more-YOU are in the right place!

We will help you find YOUR way to beautiful quilts and beautiful quilting.

If you are new to The Inbox Jaunt, you might want to start with The Motif Library-with more than 100 step-by-step tutorials.

And I consider doodling an essential skill–so check out the Doodle Lesson page as well.

Not sure how to set up your machine for quilting?  Try Twelve Steps to Machine Quilting HERE

And for a video version – try one of my Craftsy videos (50% off for readers of The Inbox Jaunt)

This will give you a good start– then stick around for the tutorials, quilt-a-longs, giveaways, patterns, product reviews, books, magazines, open forums…..

Everything to HELP YOU gain confidence with machine quilting!

TUESDAY TUTORIAL-WATER and ICE MACHINE QUILTING

Today’s tutorial is a pretty swirling pattern that could be used as a background fill or allover motif on any quilt. I could also imagine it on an art quilt creating the texture of water or the swirls on top of ice.  Any figure skaters in the group?

After hours of doodling, it seems Water and Ice looks best when stitched at an angle-as opposed to straight vertical lines.  No need to draw diagonal guidelines–just “eyeball” this one to keep it loose and water-like.

Begin by stitching a wavy line.

Water, Ice Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Add another wave-extending slightly farther to the right.

Water, Ice Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

To add a swirl, curl in…

Water, Ice Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Then back out again.

(NOTE-The swirl is similar to a sideways Paperclip-Tutorial HERE)

Paperclip, Free Motion Quilting

Water, Ice Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Curve around and extend a little farther to the right.

Water, Ice Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Combine wavy lines and swirls.

Water, Ice Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Then stitch back, adding wavy lines and swirls.

Water, Ice Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Water, Ice Machine Quilting Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Makes me think of Florida…
Sunset, Lori Kennedy

What about YOU?

Any Water or Ice quilts stirring in YOUR sub conscience?

We’d love to hear!

Lots more quilting all week–including How to Ruin Your Quilt with Stippling.

Happy Stitching!

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE (just love the stitch formation!) with Sulky 40wt Rayon thread on top and 50 cotton Aurifil in the bobbin.

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 share, pin or re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  This post may contain affiliate links.  Thanks!

Scrollwork-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

My daughters, Faye and Olivia are mirror-image identical twins.  One is right handed, the other left handed.  (Read more HERE)

Today, we are going to use mirror-imaging to turn a simple quilting pattern into gorgeous Scrollwork!

Mirror Image Twins

THE SCROLLWORK MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing three vertical parallel lines, equidistant apart.

Begin stitching on the middle line.

Stitch on the line a few stitches and wave to the right line.  Stitch on the right line a few stitches.Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Taper down a few stitches and echo stitch back to the center line.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Stitch a right spiral and stop.
Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

As you spiral out, sweep the center line and begin the next motif in the pattern-stitch to the right line.

Continue by stitching the right side of the entire border, then knot off.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

STITCH THE MIRROR IMAGE–Left Side.

Begin stitching on the center line.

Wave to the left line and stitch on the left line several stitches.  Taper down and echo stitch to the center line.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Add a left-sided spiral.Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

As you spiral out, sweep the middle line and begin the next motif.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

When the two sides are combined–gorgeous Scrollwork!

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Lovely!

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Twice as lovely!

Faye and Olivia, Mirror image Identical twins

You may find that one side looks different than the other–it is difficult to create perfect mirror image spirals.  Don’t fret–the asymmetry gives the design more interest and character–just like Faye and Olivia have different personalities…

IMHO— life (and quilting) are more interesting that way!

As always-DOODLE FIRST!

Happy Stitching,

Lori-iroL

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!