My Favorite Time of Year

 

The Perfect Pencil, free motion quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

Winters are long here in Minnesota, but Fall is fabulous!  The weather is moderate, the skies are bright blue and the autumn leaves really show their splendor.   I also love, love, love Back-to-School supplies  (I can never resist a new notebook…)

Of course, Back-to-School supplies for kids, means fabric sales for us!

Craftsy’s Clearance Sale is a great time to stock up on lots of supplies.  I LOVE their Boundless solids and Aurifil thread is the best price of the season…Use my affiliate link HERE to get all the BEST PRICES!

Boundless Sale

GREAT MOTIFS FOR FALL QUILTING

Apples are one of my favorite motifs for fall.

We have several tutorials for apples including this week’s Sweetheart Apple HERE

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The Apple Core HERE

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

The Delicious Apple HERE

Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

And ‘A’ is for Apple HERE

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Add The Perfect Pencil Tutorial HERE and you have a quilt!

Machine Quilting, Teachers, Motifs, Pencils, Apple, Worm

What about YOU?

What’s YOUR favorite season of the year where YOU live?

What’s YOUR favorite Autumn Motif?

Wh0’s YOUR favorite teacher?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Stitching, Leaf collecting, Bonfire making….

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!

Need a First Class Teacher’s Gift?

Machine Quilting, Teachers, Motifs, Pencils, Apple, Worm

Good Morning, Quilters!

Have you gotten a few steps in this morning?

Or…do you have a plan for later today?  Give yourself a deadline for getting your step goal–try to make it early in the day so you will feel relaxed when you make it to your sewing room.

COMPOSITIONAL STYLES-

In my first Craftsy Class, Divide and Conquer:  Creative Machine Quilting, I discussed “Compositional Styles”–six ways to divide a quilt or a quilt block to create a balanced composition and then add the motifs to fill in the divided space.

The Sailboat Sampler -Mystery Quilt-a-Long that we have been stitching is an example of a Horizontal Composition.  The block or quilt is divided into horizontal rows and then quilted.  The rows do not have to be evenly spaced-in fact it’s more interesting if they are not.

FIRST CLASS QUILT

This quilt was designed for a favorite teacher and will be given as a gift.

It is also a Horizontal Composition.

Machine Quilting, Teachers, Motifs, Pencils, Apple, Worm

First I choose the motifs:

The Perfect Pencil

The Delicious Apple

The Apple Core

Machine Quilting, Teachers, Motifs, Pencils, Apple, Worm

Then I divided the quilt into rows to accommodate the motifs.  Next, I added a few small rows for Spirals.

Machine Quilting, Teachers, Motifs, Pencils, Apple, Worm

After quilting the rows, I decided to fill in the background with what I think of as “hyper quilting”….it’s not a real term, just a lot of echo stitching and filling in between the motifs with a thread that blends into the background.

Machine Quilting, Teachers, Motifs, Pencils, Apple, Worm

Machine Quilting, Teachers, Motifs, Pencils, Apple, Worm

What about YOU?  Are YOU a teacher?  Do YOU have a favorite teacher?

Do you think you could tackle a Horizontal Composition with YOUR favorite motifs?  (50% at Craftsy HERE)

Summer is just around the corner…these are the hardest days for teachers…

Happy Horizontal Stitching,

Lori

PS….Have YOU taken either of my Craftsy classes?  If so, PLEASE consider writing a review–it really can make a difference…

If you haven’t…well, it’s time to treat yourself!

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 Quilt Notebook Series…

Framed Free Motion Quilting, Pencils

NOTEBOOK CHECK

Attention, Class!  It’s time for (the dreaded) NOTEBOOK CHECK!  This will count as 100 points on your Report Card!  Remember those days?…

How are you doing on your Quilt Notebook?

THE QUILT NOTEBOOK SERIES

In January, we started with a fresh, new Quilt Notebook-a place to store ALL of our quilt ideas, information, and inspiration.    Read Start Today-A Quilt Notebook about choosing a notebook HERE.

Next, we discussed getting our quilt life organized and creating our personal quilt history. We started a new page for every quilt and listed ten important facts about each of these quilts.    Read  Take Note-The Quilt Notebook HERE.

Later in the month, we scoured our houses-basement to attic to find every quilt project we’ve ever started.  We  listed them on a new page in our Quilt Notebooks: The Unfinished Object (UFO) Page HERE

Framed Free Motion Quilting

In February, we set priorities by evaluating the quilts on our UFO list and we chose The Big Three-quilts on which to focus our time and energy.  Read Establishing Priorities  (HERE)

Then we organized The Big Three Quilts and made it easy to stay focused on these quilts. Read about Jump Starting our Works in Progress (WIPs) HERE

Framed Free Motion Quilting, Pencils

In March, we added two more pages to our Notebooks:  Mastered Skills and Techniuqes to Try —Read Skills Inventory HERE   And we worked together to establish The Twelve Skills Every Quilter Must Know  HERE to create a personal skills inventory so we continue to improve our skills with every quilt and project.

Then we went on a long vacation and didn’t do anything with our notebook ==Notebook Grade C- (OH, wait!  That was ME—not  YOU, right?)

Framed Free Motion Quilting, Pencils

GRADE YOURSELF      

It’s time to pour yourself a cup of tea and glance through your quilt notebook.

  • Do you have your notebook?
  • Do you have a page listing your favorite quilting websites like The Inbox Jaunt?
  • Do you have a page for every completed quilt? (what about a photo?)
  • Do you have a UFO (unfinished object) page?
  • Did you choose your Big Three Quilts? Are they each listed on a separate page in your Notebook?
  • Are The Big Three organized in boxes, ready to work when you have 15 minutes to quilt?
  • Do you have a Personal Skills Inventory?
  • Do you Pages with Mastered Skills and Techniques to Try?
  • Do you have a Pinterest Board to collect “Skills to Learn”?

Framed Free Motion Art Quilt

ONLINE COURSE GIVEAWAY

If you’re still struggling with your UFOs–I’ve got great news for you!  A reader of The Inbox Jaunt has just the right course for you!   Mary Huey of Mary Huey Quilts.com is a very experienced teacher and she will be offering  FREE Enrollment in her UFQ (Unfinished Quilt) Assault Tactics online class…

See how you can win…coming MONDAY!

Lori

NOTE to SELF–Add framed free motion quilted pieces to Unfinished Projects:

  • Patterns stitched-Complete
  • Projects framed-Complete
  • Etsy shop opened-Complete
  • Enter Adorable Free Motion Quilted and Framed Art Quilts in Etsy shop—Another unfinished item!

Note–The Framed Art Quilts were stitched on a Bernina 820 using Aurifil thread in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon on top.

PS…All images, tutorials and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to tell all your  friends about us.  Blog, phone call, Pin, tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For any other use, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank YOU!