I NEEDED These Scissors!

Tula Pink Scissors

Good Morning, Quilters!

I recognize the line between Needs and Wants is blurry–especially when it comes to quilt notions….

But when I saw these colorful Tula Pink scissors–they went straight to the need category!

I wasn’t sure about the snips…but who doesn’t like a matched set??

–like a sweater set…(am I showing my age?!)

So both the iridescent scissors and the snips came home with me…(insert smiley face!)

Tula Pink Scissors

Once I tried the snips…I realized they were actually a NEED too!  I’ve always used small scissors to snip my threads.  Now I’m a convert!

DIDN’T MAKE THE CUT

In other news, I just received a package from my publisher, Martingale, with all the samples and quilts I sent off for my book.

This version of The Square Flower (page 96) didn’t make the book…

(One can’t take these things personally-LOL!)

Tula Pink Scissors

I wanted to demonstrate that the Square Flower can be stitched into any shape–like diamonds shown here.

Wouldn’t this be a fabulous quilt border???

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

I think I will go buy a bouquet of yellow Daffodils…

What about YOU?

Any great finds at YOUR local quilt shop lately?

Have you tried any motifs from Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

PS…Confession:  (I have to admit…the Tula Pink scissors weren’t the only “needs” from my last trip…more next week…ssshhhhhh!)

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 Daffodil-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Before we run out of days…The Flower of the Month for March is The Daffodil.

(See January- Carnations HERE

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorialand February-Violets  HERE)

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Violets

If YOUR birthday is in March–Happy Birthday!

Daffodils are the Birth flower for March birthdays.

Daffodils are also given for 10th wedding anniversaries, and are common as Easter flowers.

Daffodils represent joy and happiness.  As one of the earliest flowers of Spring, they also represent rebirth, hope, mirth and new beginnings.

Did you know…Bulbs from daffodils are harvested and processed for a chemical that aids in the treatment of Alzheimer’s?

MACHINE QUILTING-THE DAFFODIL

Daffodils don’t grow on vines, but we are going to use a little “artistic license” here and make it a vine.  (Next week we will stitch another Daffodil motif that is planted in the ground like it is supposed to be…)

We are going to use a little machine quilting trick in the center of the flower so that we exit on the top of the flower….

BEGIN WITH A LOOSE SCREW

To begin, stitch a Loose Screw  ending on the top of the spiral.

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a wavy line back to the “vine”.

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch three kite shaped petals, ending on the top of the flower.

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Now here’s the TRICK….

Stitch a wavy line on the right side of the spiral, back to the stem….Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Then add the last two petals and trail off to begin the next flower on the vine.Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Complete all the Daffodils from edge to edge…

Then echo-stitch the right side of the flowers, adding the classic Daffodil leaf–a slim line with another bent, slim leaf…
Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add slim leaves between the petals and along the vine–anywhere there is a space that needs filling.

Repeat the echo stitch step on the other side of the Daffodil to complete the motif.

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

LAYERING IN

By stitching this motif in three passes–

  1. The Daffodils,
  2. the right-sided echo stitching and leaves, then
  3. the left-sided echo stitching and leaves

–you do what I call–“Layering In” –or developing a motif by adding details in different rows of stitching.

A daffodil always makes me smile!

What about YOU?

What’s YOUR favorite Spring flower?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

Your Joyful Jonquil,

Lori

For more than Sixty  step-by-step tutorials including an entire chapter of Flower Motifs-–Check out my new book:

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

You can receive Personalized, autographed copies from my Etsy shop:  The Inbox Jaunt Shop HERE

or from Amazon HERE (available in Print and Kindle!)

Machine Quilting 1-2-3, Lori Kennedy

 

 

 

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!

Loose Screws-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I don’t want any commentary from the peanut gallery–(especially family…)–about the name of today’s tutorial…

Before we get to work…

QUIZ–FREE MOTION MACHINE QUILTING 1-2-3

Many of you have received your copies of The Book…

Now the question is…how many of YOU read it thoroughly?

Did YOU read the Dedication page?  (It’s one of the last pages of the book….?)

I’m not telling….YOU will have to see for yourself!

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

Personalized copies from, The Inbox Jaunt Shop HERE

Also available in print and Kindle editions at Amazon HERE

BERNINA AMBASSADOR BLOG TOUR

We continue our “Make New Friends” series with the BERNINA Ambassador blog tour…

Yesterday we met Kelly Ashton, Lynn Carson Harris, Diane Doran and Melody Crust...

Today you are in for a real treat!

Kathy Delaney (Appliqué)

Christa Watson, (Modern piecing and machine quilting), and

Mandy Leins, (Modern Long Arm quilting)

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Now don’t be gone too long….

We have a FEW LOOSE SCREWS to Machine Quilt!

Begin by drawing parallel lines–In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Stitch a wavy line along the drawn line, then stitch a clockwise loop.

 

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue stitch clockwise…

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Around and around…as many times as you like.

Two or three looks nice…

But so does five, six, seven….

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

As you approach the drawn line…stitch another wavy line and begin a counter clockwise spiral…

(Does this look musical to anyone????–we may have a new motif in the works!?!)

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a full row of Loose Screws from Edge to Edge…

Then add more rows…

The spirals can be all different sizes.

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Be sure to Doodle first! 

And get right on this one–we need it for next week’s tutorial–The Daffodil!

If you like Loose Screws--you may also like Silly Spirals

They are similar-Silly Spirals are a little easier to learn because there is a place to stop and think before your begin the Spirals.  On the other hand, Loose Screws are a little more challenging to learn, but once you do, they are faster to stitch!

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I know I say this all the time…but I think both of these motifs are my new favorites!

What about YOU?

Do YOU have any new favorites?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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!