FMQ Quick Project: The Computer Sleeve

Machine Quilting, Computer Case, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Looking for a great way to use your Free Motion Quilting practice pieces?

Use one to make a sleeve for your computer!

Machine Quilting, Computer Case, Lori Kennedy

Steps for Quilted Computer Sleeve

  1. Measure all the way around the width of your computer and add two inches.
  2. Measure the length of your computer and add 1-1/2 inches.
  3. Cut your practice piece this size, adjusting to find the best parts of the quilting.
  4. Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance to stitch a back seam (right sides together).
  5. You now have a tube.  Rotate the stitched seam so it will be in the center back of the Sleeve.  Then stitch the bottom seam.
  6. Bind the top like a quilt.
  7. Perfect!

Machine Quilting, Computer Case, Lori Kennedy

This very trim case is the perfect way to cover your computer when you are throwing it in your purse or bag!

Machine Quilting, Computer Case, Lori Kennedy

Stitching time:  less than one hour!

Happy Jaunting!

Lori

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Christmas Ornaments Project and Tutorial

Today is Friday the 13th…and YOU’RE in luck–good luck, that is…I have a fun  ornament project tutorial for you.

First, download the patterns HERE.  The download includes two ornaments and The Partridge.  We will work on the FMQ for The Partridge next week, but we can make the pattern along with the ornaments today.

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Once you have the patterns, cut them out from the paper and glue them onto a piece of cardboard.  I use old manila files or cereal boxes.

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Quilting Project, Ornaments, TutorialNext, cut the patterns out of the cardboard.  This creates a great pattern for tracing-especially if you are going to use a motif several times.

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Trace your patterns onto a quilt sandwich.

To decorate the ornaments, use any of the tutorials found HERE.

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Quilting Project, Ornaments, Tutorial

TIP:  The ornaments look more real if you curve the FMQ patterns around the ornament slightly.  Compare the samples below:

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Straight Line FMQ

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Contoured FMQ

Have fun with these!  Fill the shapes in with anything–even scribble looks great!

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I’m off to bake cookies–biscotti and gingerbread men…

Wouldn’t gingerbread men be cute in FMQ?…maybe I won’t bake…

Lori

PS…If you are looking for more color inspiration, I know you will enjoy my daughter’s blog, Color Route Co. HERE  Photo JOY!

PS…The tutorials, PDFs, and images on The Inbox Jaunt are copyrighted by Lori Kennedy.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  No commercial use permitted.

Quilting Project, Ornaments, Tutorial

Work in Progress-Assignment 4

When my twin daughters left for college in August, one of them had a doodle quilt and the other had only a promise of a quilt.    I spent a bit of time working on that quilt this week.  For those of you who are quilting a long with me, by know you should have gathered your doodles in a notebook,   (read more about that here and here) and… stitched a few practice pieces (read here and here).

In addition, I hope you have had time to choose a color scheme.  I am going to continue with a cool color scheme: mostly blues with a little green and lavender.  Another color scheme I would recommend is alternating a color stripe with a white stripe.     I prefer solids or mostly solids– like hand dyes for this project.  If you do not have access to hand dyed fabric –( we will have to change that soon….)–Kona solids are very nice to work with and are widely available in more than 100 colors.

Assignment 4

Cut 11 strips :  6-1/2 wide by approximately 68 inches long.  (Our final size will be 66 x 66″).  I usually have to piece the lengths as I rarely have two continuous yards of any fabric.  The heavy quilting will hide the seams.

If you are using an assortment of colors, spend some time playing with the arrangement. A design board comes in handy here, but you can also lay them across a bed or a table and then stand back to see how they look.  If you have a digital camera, it is a good idea to take photos of all of your possible arrangements and see how they look from the viewfinder.  This gives you a good perspective of the colors as well as a reminder of their proper order.     I find that placing the darker stripes on the outside and the lighter stripes in the middle provides a balanced arrangement.

Once you are happy with the arrangement, use masking tape to label the top and right side of each strip, 1-11.  This will save a lot of confusion later.

Finally, turn on some soothing music, pour yourself a coke and sew away.  This should proceed fairly quickly.

Next week: We will do a little marking and baste our quilt sandwich…Stay tuned