I Love Home BOM and a Giveaway!

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne StevesGood Morning, Quilters!

Have YOU been working on the I Love Home Block of the Month with us?

The project is adorable and the instructions are fabulous!

Jacquelynne Steves Art of Home blog is full of great ideas-be sure to check it out.  This week Jacquelynne has a round up of Snowman projects -and I will add my Snowman Machine Quilting Tutorial HERE)

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BORDER AND FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS

This month we add the borders and finish our quilts.  Find the detailed instructions at The Art of Home HERE

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MACHINE QUILTING TIPS 

Quilt Density–Remember that the density of the quilting should be even across the quilt, but some areas of the quilt may be more densely quilted than others.

For example, I used a very large version of the Sweetheart Border (Tutorial HERE) around the edges to create contrast.

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Repeat and Vary-Choose a few motifs and quilt them in different areas of the quilt to unify the quilting design.  You only have to learn a few motifs and you will create a more cohesive looking quilt.  For example, I repeated spirals, twist and hearts frequently within the quilt.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne Steves

Choose a Theme-If you have a theme, like Hearts and Homes, use it to choose your motifs.

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Add phrases or lettering-I love to add phrases to quilts.  It helps to reinforce your theme and keeps the viewer looking.

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Be willing to modify your plan  -Even when you plan well and create samples, sometimes things don’t work out.  In this quilt, I started with light blue thread to stitch the center blocks.  After one block, I could see that there wasn’t enough contrast.  I changed thread for the other three and will have to tear out the first one (something I rarely do!)  It’s better to fix one block than forge ahead with a mistake and hate your quilt forever!

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne Steves

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!

THERMOWEB GIVEAWAY

This month’s lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Thermoweb!

Here at The Inbox Jaunt, we’ve been talking about the “Quilt Police” and breaking quilt rules, for instance, I wrote about the  easy machine quilting knot I use.

To ENTER the contest, please leave a comment.  Tell us about a quilt “rule” YOU break or one you would like to break!  If you don’t break any rules–just say “Hi”

The contest closes on December 9th and please watch your email and check back here to see if you have won!

MORE THIS WEEK:

We have a busy week here at The Inbox Jaunt…invisible thread, quilt backings, holiday motifs, tree doodles and more!!!!

I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Your Happy Housekeeper,

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. MORE CHANCES TO WIN

POST YOUR PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK

We would love to see your quilts!  Join Jacquelynne’s Facebook group HERE

 

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I Love Home-Block One and a Giveaway!

 

Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OneGood Afternoon, Quilters!

Welcome to all the quilters joining us from the I Love Home blog hop!

Today is the first day of the Jacquelynne Steves Block of the month project.  There are eight quilters participating–a great chance to see one quilt completed eight different ways as well as an opportunity to meet 8 new bloggers!  WIN-WIN!

Speaking of WIN–each month YOU will have an opportunity to win great prizes by visiting new websites.

All of the patterns are offered at Jacquelyn’s’ website FREE!  Just sign up at The Art of Home HERE.

BLOCK ONE

When you sign up you will receive the pattern for Block One today.  (The other blocks will be available FREE each month).

https://jacquelynnesteves.comAs you can see, I changed the color way.  I used a medium blue fabric in the center because I plan to machine quilt (with a Aurifil 28wt cotton thread) the motifs in the center of each block– (most quilters are appliquéing the houses in the center).

Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OneAURIFIL THREAD GIVEAWAY

Aurifil Thread is sponsoring the  Block One giveaway!  Thank you, Aurifil! Aurifil 50wt cotton is the perfect thread to use in both the bobbin and on top when piecing this lovely quilt.  When we begin quilting it, my choice is 28wt cotton by Aurifil–the heavier weight shows our quilted line better!

Win one of the thread collections by leaving a comment at an of the designers who are participating in the blog hop.  YOU have eight chances to win!  You must leave a comment by August 14!

Aurifil Thread GiveawayA FEW TIPS

Time Saving Techniques

The center of the four blocks are all the same, so it will save time if you stitch four at once.
Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OneThe corner squares are all the same as well--so stitch all 16!
Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OnePIECING TIPS

Thread:

I always piece with Aurifil 50 wt in both the top and the bobbin.  We will use the heavier weight-Aurifil (28wt) cotton when we begin machine quilting. (More on that to come)

Machine Set-up

For best piecing technique, be sure to use a single hole throat plate.  The smaller hole helps support the fabric from below and the needle can pierce the fabric more readily–less jamming and better stitch formation.

A Favorite Tool

Have your stiletto handy–it really helps feed the pieces through the machine–especially as you feed each new piece under the presser foot.

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When you’re done, give the block a quick pressing and admire your work!
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Be sure to check back frequently-

We will be doodling some options for the center block quilting–to make our quilts look like HOME!

Happy Homemaking!

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!

WIN Thread!! Sulky Pink Giveaway!

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Good Morning, Quilters!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Statistics show that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime…that means that 1250 of The Inbox Jaunt’s 10,000 followers will face breast cancer!

 

The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect breast cancer in its early stages.

Read more at The National Breast Cancer Foundation HERE.

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Sulky is offering the Pretty Pink Giveaway– 18 spools of their gorgeous thread:  40 wt Rayon (one of my go-to threads–see below), 40 wt cotton and 12 wt cotton –to one lucky winner.

ENTER TO WIN

Please leave a comment--anything you want to say about Breast Cancer, thread, or just write:  “Pretty in Pink”

One lucky winner will be chosen at random on Friday.

Sulky Thread, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

THINGS TO DO NOW

Learn the warning signs of Breast Cancer HERE

Read about Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection HERE

Take a Breast Cancer Risk Assessment HERE

Consider a donation to one of the many Breast Cancer organizations.

Spread the word–encourage your family and friends to learn more about Breast Cancer prevention.

Enter to win the Sulky Pretty Pink Giveaway.

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Whatever you choose to do this October, remember YOU can make a difference…

Lori