February Flower of the Month–Violets

Violets

Good Morning, Quilters!

First a note about my recent blogging difficulties…all of the issues were caused by changes made at Bluehost…beyond my control.  For the past several mornings, I have been on the phone technical support…and we all know how that goes….

First you are on hold…then the stressful scramble to come up with the right password…then wait some more, then it’s fixed…only to find it “down” again the next morning.

I’d rather be quilting!

Hopefully, this is all behind us!  Thank you for being patient!

MARY NOHL SCULPTURE

Several of you commented on the Silent Sunday photo yesterday.  I wrote a two part post about the amazing and mysterious Milwaukee artist,  Mary Nohl  HERE. and HERE. She was known as the Witch of Fox Point and we loved going to her house!  Rumor had it that Mary killed her husband and buried him under the sculptures–but the truth –she did a VERY NICE thing for the residents of Wisconsin!

Mary Nohl Sculpture

FEBRUARY FLOWERS

If YOUR birthday is in February–Happy Birthday!  You are lucky to have The Violet as YOUR birthday flower.

If YOU live in New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin or Illinois–the Violet is YOUR state flower!

Violets

(I grew up in Illinois and lived in Wisconsin for 15 years–so I claim Violets as one of MY flowers…)

Violets

The Violet represents love, humility, modesty and faithfulness.  This pretty woodland flower blooms in the shade surrounded by heart-shaped leaves.

 

Violets

Violets

This week we will be stitching violets!

To go along with the lovely, January flower of the month, The Carnation HERE

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

May YOUR day be filled with flowers and stitching…

(not computers and technical support problems!)

Lori

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Doodle to Design, Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

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Jack-o-Lantern Machine Quilting Tutorial

Jack-o-Lantern, Pumpkin, Machine Quilting, FMQ

Good Morning, Quilters!

Yes–it IS Wednesday…..it’s a two-tutorial week!

I know you are have having fun with Easy Feathers from yesterday’s tutorial HERE

But just in case you are working on a Halloween project, I’m over at BERNINA’s blog, We All Sew with a tutorial for the adorable Jack-o-Lantern!

It’s fast, fun and easy!

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Quilting Jack-o-Lanterns is easier than carving pumpkins!

Happy Spooky Stitching,

Lori-o-Lantern

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.  This blog may contain affiliate links –with no extra cost to you!  Thanks! Lori

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

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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!