Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

Lori Kennedy Machine quilting, teacup motif, teapot motif, ValentineHappy St. Valentine’s Day, Quilters!

Did you know Valentine was a real saint?

Grid Heart Quilt, Lori Kennedy

 

Here are some (mostly) fun facts about St. Valentine.

St. Valentine is the patron saint of engaged couples, happy marriages, beekeepers and epilepsy.

St. Valentine was martyred on February 14, 269 by Emperor Claudius II for refusing to renounce his faith.

Valentine is said to have left a note for his jail keeper’s daughter and signed it “From Your Valentine”.

Wishing you all love and happiness this St. Valentine’s Day!

From YOUR Valentine,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use.  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…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 .

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An Alternative to Ruler Work-The Hand Drawn Look

Ruler Work, Free Motion Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters! Yesterday, we worked on Amanda Murphy’s ruler work quilt-a-long offered by BERNINA’s We All Sew.  The downloads, video and instructions are all offered free by BERNINA.  I highly recommend Amanda’s excellent instructions and videos to anyone interested … Continue reading

Work in Progress–Poppies

Good Morning, Quilters!

I am behind on so many things…the dusting, cleaning cabinets, covering my roses…

One of the things that bothers me the most is being behind on The Flower of the Month Tutorials!

I am working on the August flower of the month–The Poppy.

After doodling several iterations in my sketchbook,  I came up with a continuous line design I liked.

Next, I tried stitching The Poppy.

CHOOSING THREAD

When I think of a poppy, I think of a dramatic red flower with black accents, so I stitched The Poppy on red fabric with a variegated black and white thread.  (Seemed like a good plan…)

I was really happy with the results, until….

Poppies, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Yesterday I had Aurifil 28wt white cotton on my sewing machine so I tried The Poppy with the thicker, more contrasting thread.

What a difference!

The boldness of the contrasting thread re-creates the dramatic essence of poppies.

The motif looks even better than the earlier version in black thread.

Now I can’t wait to make a quilt with these bold flowers!

Step-by-step tutorial next Tuesday.
What about YOU?

My sisters (who are knitters) always ask “What’s on YOUR Needles?”

I guess the machine quilter’s version would be “What’s under YOUR needle?”

Any garden surprises?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Your Dramatic Queen Quilter,

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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