Fantasy Flowers-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Here in Minnesota, winter is already upon us!  The temperatures have been below freezing and we’ve even had several snowfalls…Argh!!!..I am not ready for winter!

The only flowers left are in my imagination–so today we have “Fantasy Flowers“!

Stitch a bouquet of Fantasy Flowers on a child’s quilt or a Modern quilt.  (Of course, don’t hesitate to add it to a Traditional quilt as well–the unexpected bit of whimsy adds personality to your quilts!)

The Fantasy Flower is shown here as an all over motif, but it could easily modified for a border.

THE FANTASY FLOWER MACHINE QUILTING MOTIF

Begin by stitching a short, straight line.  Add a counter-clockwise spiral over the top of the stem line.
Stitch one and a half revolutions, and stop near the stem line. Add a squared off petal stop before reaching the spiral–leave a small gap here.Add more petals around the spiral.Complete the flower–again leaving space around the spiral.
Travel around the spiral…then add a straight line to begin the next Fantasy Flower.

NOTE-by leaving the space around the spiral, you can travel anywhere within the flower and begin a new flower between any of the petals.  This is very helpful when stitching all-over motifs.

Doodle first and this motif will be a breeze!

Or use your imagination to create your own “Fantasy Flower”!

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What about YOU?

Are YOU ready for winter?  (Or is it summer where YOU live?)

What do you do to prepare for winter?

Do YOU quilt more in winter?

We’d LOVE to hear!

#flowersinwinter

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!

 

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The Pumpkin Sampler-A Machine Quilting FREE Project!

 

 

Pumpkin Machine Quilting Sampler, Machine Quilting, HalloweenGood Morning, Quilters!

I am off on a quilting jaunt-teaching at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina and then I am heading straight to Houston for Quilt Market!

One of the projects we will be working on is the Pumpkin Sampler I designed for Quilt Shop Gal a few years ago.  You can find the pattern and instructions HERE.
Pumpkin Machine Quilting Sampler, Machine Quilting, HalloweenOnce you start doodling, you will a lot of ways to quilt this fun little project.Lori Kennedy Quilts, The Pumpkin Sampler
Lori Kennedy Quilts, The Pumpkin Sampler
This year, I mixed it up by using different fabrics and Aurifil wool thread.  I used a 90 Topstitch needle and I LOVE this easy way to add a bold border motif.
Pumpkin Machine Quilting Sampler, Machine Quilting, HalloweenOf course, Roxie loves everything I make!

Wait!   Is Roxie eyeing that wool like it’s a treat?

Pumpkin Machine Quilting Sampler, Machine Quilting, Halloween

#bewaredogsandspools!

What about YOU?

Are YOU making any Halloween quilts? (Seven Spooky Motifs tomorrow)

Have you ever stitched with wool thread?

Does YOUR dog or cat like spools of thread?

Does YOUR pet love your quilts?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Adventurous Stitching,

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!

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Sticks and Stones-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank you for your enthusiastic response to yesterday’s post,  Published!

Being part of 180 Doodle Quilting Designs was really exciting…Now I can’t wait to see my tutorials in print–the Tuesday Tutorial way Spring, 2017!

Today we have a great grid design.  It would be a great background or texture for any quilt.  We will stitch this by marking a grid, but it could easily be adapted for stitching a patchwork quilt–using the blocks as the grid.

STICKS AND STONES-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Use any grid to mark your fabric.

I chose a one-inch grid and marked my fabric with a Clover chalk wheel.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

The grid is from The Stencil Company.

When you draw the grid, think of four squares together as one “block”.  This will make more sense as we go along.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Begin stitching in the corner.  Stitch a straight line, stopping short of the intersection of the “block”

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a circle–one and 1/2 revolutions.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch to the corner of the first block.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Begin the next block:  stitch a straight line, ending before the center of the block.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a circle, one and 1/2 revolutions.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Continue until the first row is complete, then stitch down the side.  Stitch down two squares (one block).

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Continue until all the rows in one direction are complete.

Your quilt should look like this:

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Then begin stitching perpendicular to the first set of rows.

As you reach the circle, stitch on the previous line of stitching.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Drop down on the sidelines like before.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch all the rows in the same manner.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

The design begins to take shape!

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

This fills a quilt rather quickly!

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

HOW TO USE STICKS AND STONES, MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

I could imagine a large pillow or a small quilt with nothing but this texture!

Think about all the thread and fabric color combinations.

This was stitched on Kona cotton (Robert Kaufman) with my fave, Sulky Rayon 40wt (with Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin)…

Wouldn’t silk or linen or wool fabric look great–with wool or heavy weight cotton thread…

Hmmm…I think I have some silk somewhere….

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Sew many ideas…sew little time!

Happy Sewing!

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!