Fall Leaves-Free Motion Quilt Tutorials

 

 

The Feathered Leaf:Ink Bottle Mini Quilt001Good Morning, Quilters!

Next week I am off to teach a class at The John C. Campbell Folk School and am so excited!

This week I had to choose between putting a big red X in my exercise calendar…Read more here-

Or stitching, photographing and writing a Tuesday Tutorial.

Previously, the Tuesday Tutorial would have won the battle, but those red Xs really keep me #MovingMore!

What about YOU?

Ever have an Exercise OR Quilt week?

Please forgive the inconsistent postings for the next few weeks!

In the meantime, you might stitch a few of my fall favorites:

The Basic Leaf

The Basic Leaf Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Open Leaf

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

 

and The Feathered Leaf

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Happy Stitching AND Exercising!

#NoExcusesEvenWhenThey’reGoodOnes,

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 Modern Vine – A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m back from an exhilarating and exhausting week at the Craftsy studios in Denver…where you work hard and play hard, laugh a lot and work hard

There were  “Takes” and “re-takes” and “re-takes of the re-takes”  (usually caused by laughing)

Anyway, it was a ton of fun (did I mention hard work) and I will be telling you a lot more in the next few days and weeks.

The second class (with emphasis on doodling and developing YOUR own motif library)  will be ready around mid-April!!!

THANK YOU

I really want to thank all of you who have been here since “Hello, World!“…and the early tutorial days.

Your encouragement, kind words and support have meant the world to me.

Thank YOU for going on this wild ride WITH ME–I think of YOU every step of the way!

With that in mind….I have a great tutorial for you today!

THE MODERN VINE -TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.   In the sample below, the lines are 2-1/2 inches apart, but they can be any width that suits YOUR quilt.

In between the rows draw a very slightly wavy line–don’t get too crazy here or it will be difficult to stitch…

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch on the line a short distance and then begin the first leaf.

The leaf shape is fairly symmetrical.

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Return to the center line.  Try to mirror image the bottom of the leaf…

Leave a small gap.

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a straight line stem and over stitch it back to the drawn line.

Scoot through the small gap–this helps you avoid the build up of stitches at that intersection.

Stitch up the stem a few stitches and create another symmetrical leaf.

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Continue up the drawn line to create the vine.

Angle  the leaves upward slightly and note that because the central line is wavy, sometimes the right-sided leaves will be larger and sometimes the left-sided leaves will be larger.

This give the Modern Vine an interesting look.

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

If one vine is not large enough for your border, add two vines with a different motif in between.

I love the Spirals in between…(I share a few tips on getting perfect Spirals in my upcoming Craftsy video!)

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

The Modern Vine could be used in place of rows of Feathers in any quilt!

It makes me THINK SPRING!

What about YOU… what makes YOU “think spring”?  We’d love to hear!

Glad-to-be-sleeping-in-my-own-bed,

Lori

PS….Later this week–THE SECOND ANNUAL  MYSTERY QUILT-A-LONG!  

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!

 

Doodling Leaves

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Get out your markers and let’s Dooooodle!

Today we are doodling leaves.

In Lessons One and Two we worked fast without effort to control the pen.  Last week, we worked on control with Circle Slow Down.  Today, we continue with slow doodling. 

SPACING AND SYMMETRY

Our focus this week is on spacing and symmetry.

I was asked this week if I marked the spacing between the Beginner Loops from Tuesday’s Tutorial.  

I do not.  Over time and with lots of doodling, I have developed a pretty good sense of spacing.

Another advantage to doodling–it helps you develop an “eye” for spacing the elements within your quilt.

LEAVES

Doodle sets of leaves with a stem.

Work on spacing the sets equidistant apart on the line.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyIt is difficult to make identical, mirror image leaves, but do your best.

Try for “sisters not twins”.

Play with the leaf shape to make other designs.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyTry a tapered leaf…

Doodle Lessons, LKennedy

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyAnd different shapes and sizes.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyUse these samples as a guide.  Look at them once, then see where your imagination takes your pen.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedy

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyPlay with sizes.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyThen add Messy Lines, Messy Circles and Circle Slow Down to make new designs.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyRemember…No Rules…Just have fun!

Doodle-a-Day,

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, share and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!