Free Motion Quilting-The Quilt Back on my Work in Progress

 

Free Motion Quilting, Back of Quilt

Good Morning, Quilters!

Quilting proceeds slowly on my Boxes and Vines quilt.

How do you quilt a big quilt on a small domestic machine?

Little by little. One block at a time.

Sometimes it seems that I spend as much time shuffling the quilt as I do stitching!

Still, I enjoy the process. I love seeing the slow and steady progress.

Last week, a reader asked to see the back of the quilt.

What Fabric Is Best for the Back of a Quilt?

Normally, I do not recommend using hand dyed fabrics or batiks on the back of the quilt. These fabrics are very tightly woven and the sewing machine needle has a little more trouble penetrating the fabric. The small needle deflections can lead to a less than perfect stitch.

However, I decided to use hand dyed fabric this time because I had  it on hand and I didn’t want to spend time shopping.

Free Motion Quilting, Back of Quilt

This back is made of several large pieces of fabric.  I pieced it in an improvisational style–using scraps on hand.

If you are interested in creating a beautiful quilt back, check out Elizabeth Hartman’s FREE Craftsy class HERE:  Creative Quilt Backs

The video offers basic information on how to create a quilt back and how to design a creative backing.

Slowing Down Before the Holidays

As Christmas approaches, I know I will be a challenge to quilt every day…

But then again, there are a lot of other creative projects…

Wrapping, baking, decorating…

What about YOU?

How is YOUR work in progress?

Have you been working at least fifteen minutes every day?

What other creative projects do you have in the works?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Ho-Ho-Ho!

Lori

PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

PPS…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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Creative Free Time

Machine Quilting, Hand Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

Do YOU give yourself creative free time?

Do you take time to play with your supplies and materials without following a plan?

Machine Quilting, Hand Quilting

No?

Neither do I…

at least not often enough!

Machine Quilting, Hand Quilting

Last week, I needed a little hand sewing.

I hadn’t been in my sewing room in awhile…

I bet some of you know that feeling!

Machine Quilting, Hand Quilting

I started with a linen quilt sandwich and added hand stitching.

The idea exceeded the result…

The next day I added a little machine quilting with 30 wt  Sulky cotton.

The Basic Leaf

The Feathered Leaf 

The Open Leaf with Spiral

Machine Quilting, Hand Quilting

Now I think this experiment has merit…

Love the linen.

Love the combination of hand and machine quilting.

and

I loved playing without a plan!

What about YOU?

Do YOU take time for creative play?

Have any of your experiments turned into a big project?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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 Bicycle-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Spring is in the air–and it’s time to pump up those bike tires!

When you’re back from your cruise, add a two wheeler to your next quilt!

This adorable motif stands alone…you don’t need stitch rows of bicycles–though you can if you want.

Just tuck a quilted Bicycle into your other quilting for a little Springtime surprise–

It will add a little fun and personality to your next quilt!

THE BICYCLE-MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.  Add a large counter clockwise Silly Spiral (tutorial HERE)  to fill the space between the drawn lines.

Complete the large Silly Spiral on the right side.

Stitch over several stitches, then add another Silly Spiral–with just two revolutions.

End on the right side.

Add a third large Silly Spiral ending on the left side of the Spiral.
Add an line angled up and to the right.  Then add two handlebar loops.

If you would like, add a basket on the front of the bike at this time.

Closely echo stitch the front line.

Add another straight line, angled back and to the left, ending above the back tire. Add an oval shaped spiral to create a seat.

End the spiral on the lower part of the “seat”.  Then stitch down into the center of the first spiral.

I hope this does not seem difficult…

It’s really just three spirals, and a few simple lines.

So take it for ride…and of course,

Doodle First!

What about YOU?

Do YOU still ride a bike?

Does a bike represent Spring and Freedom to YOU?

What other symbols make YOU smile?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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!

PS…This tutorial was stitched with Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon on top on my lovely BERNINA 770QE.

 

For more than Sixty  step-by-step tutorials including an entire chapter of Flower Motifs-–Check out my new book:

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

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or from Amazon HERE (available in Print and Kindle!)

Machine Quilting 1-2-3, Lori Kennedy

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