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)

Snowmen, FMQ, LCKennedy

BORDER AND FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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Lori Kennedy Quilting

I LOVE HOME BLOCK THREE

Find the Block 3 Instructions from JacquelynneSteves.com HERE

Here’s a quick video tutorial on Half Rectangle Units 

 

 

Lori Kennedy Quilt WORKING AHEAD

While you are working on Block Three, you might want to start thinking about batting and creating your backing.  I like my wall hangings to be rather flat, so I plan to choose a low loft batting like Warm and Natural Cotton batting or 80/20 Warm which is 80% cotton and 20% polyester.

I usually piece my backing with medium sized scraps.  Because my quilt top is so colorful, I decided to tone it down on the back with a mix of gray fabrics.  I prefer to wash my backing fabrics–I don’t want the back to shrink and cause distortion of my quilt if I choose to wash it later.  Also, consider starching the backing fabric–it will help it slide when it’s time to…my favorite…FREE MOTION QUILT!!!!
Lori Kennedy Quilt

WIN the OCTOBER GIVEAWAY

Win an assortment of theses adorable buttons and charms from I Love Buttons, Etc

To enter the drawing, please comment on YOUR favorite batting, or if you don’t have a favorite, just say “I love buttons!”

 

Button Collection

 

MORE CHANCES TO WIN….

BLOG HOP

See several variations of Block 3 and Enter to Win from these fabulous quilters:

FACEBOOK GROUP

Join the I Love Home Facebook group and share YOUR photos HERE

May you enjoy exciting quilting adventures, but always be glad to be HOME!

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!