Better than a Tuesday Tutorial

Pumpkin Free Motion Quilting, LKennedy, The Inbox JauntGood Morning, Quilters!

In lieu of a Tuesday Tutorial this week, I am collaborating with Darlene at QuiltShopGal to offer a tutorial for this little quilt that can be completed as a Vase Quilt or as a Halloween pillow!

This is a Free Motion Quilt Challenge with PRIZES!

The challenge will start on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

If you have time…make a few quilt sandwiches in Halloween colors…sizes 12 inch to 15 inch squares depending on YOUR pillow size.

Stay tuned!

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 rblog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

Build A Rock Solid Routine-Be Ready

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinWhen inspiration strikes are YOU ready?

You may have only 20 minutes….

If everything is ready, 20 minutes is enough...but ONLY if you are organized…

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinDo you have a quilt sandwich ready?

Today’s assignment in Building a Rock Solid Routine for Free Motion Quilting is to make 10 quilt sandwiches.

A nice quilt sandwich size is 18 x 20–a fat quarter.

12 x 12 is the smallest I would recommend.

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinYOUR ASSIGNMENT

Choose a size that works for you.  This is YOUR SIZE.  Write it down somewhere!  If you have a lot of fat quarters-go with 18 x 20″.

1.   Cut 10 -12 batting pieces.

Either use what you have or buy a twin size batting and cut it up into pieces slightly larger than YOUR SIZE.

2.  Cut 10-12 pieces of quilt top fabric in YOUR SIZE.

Make sure some of the fabrics are solids.  Choose seasonal colors.  Skip the muslin and  ugly colors -you won’t feel inspired by these fabrics and when your stitching looks fabulous you will be disappointed by the fabric.(NOTE:  If you have any “orphan blocks” they make great little projects for free motion quilt practice.  Use them “as is” or add a border.)

Fold the top fabrics neatly.

3.  Cut 10-12 backing pieces slightly larger than YOUR SIZE.

Again, this is no time to use up your “dogs”.  It is okay to use fabrics you don’t love anymore, but don’t use fabric you HATE...there is a difference.

Avoid white on white fabrics -they don’t slide well as backings.  Also, avoid very tightly woven fabrics like hand dyed and batiks.

Fold the backing fabrics neatly.

MIX AND MATCH WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES

You should have three neatly folded piles:

  • Batting
  • Tops
  • Backing

All mix and match (the sizes are all the same)…

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinNOW you are READY TO GO!

Pick one from each pile and iron all three layers… (I don’t recommend ironing all the fabrics at once–they stitch best when ironed just before stitching…)

You only have 20 minutes to quilt you say?

I can’t wait to see what YOU do in 20 minutes!

(For  ideas and inspiration…check out the entire library of free motion quilt tutorials…)

Happy Stitches,

Lori

You might also like other posts in this series:

Build a Rock Solid Routine for FMQ

Build a Rock Solid Routine Supply List for FMQ

Build a Rock Solid Routine:  Machine Set up for FMQ

PS…All images, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Free Motion Quilted pumpkin

 

 

A Modern Wholecloth Quilt for Autumn

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak Leaf

It’s another glorious autumn morning here in Minnesota-the best days of the year!  I love all of the motifs of autumn-leaves, trees, pumpkins, corn…

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak LeafI stitched this Modern Wholecloth Quilt with several Tuesday Tutorials:

Grid Pop

The Perfect Pumpkin

The Oak Leaf and The Acorn

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak LeafThis Harvest quilt is small–just 15 inches square, but I know it will be used frequently throughout my house.

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak LeafI used Aurifil cotton in the bobbin and Sulky 40 wt Rayon in off-white on top–on a Bernina 150, domestic sewing machine, without a stitch regulator.

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak LeafThe acorns are in there, but because I stitched contour lines within the body of the acorns (see options in the Oak Leaf and Acorn tutorial), there is not enough contrast to see them clearly.  (I would leave them open next time so they “pop” like the Oak Leaves and The Grid.)

NOTE-Look closely to the left of the image above–an upside down acorn is visible.  On the right-the acorn with the contour is stitched, but not visible–not enough contrast….

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak LeafI’m almost ready for Halloween! Hopefully there’ll be some candy corn left by October 31!?

Happy Harvest Stitching,

Lori

PS.  All images, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!