Finishing Touches –The Sunflower Sampler

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank YOU all for joining me in the excitement about our new book!  It will make using the Tuesday Tutorials so much easier!  The first book (perhaps a sequel?) contains more than 61 of my favorite tutorials.  Because each tutorial has a number of photos, we were forced to limit the selection—but you still know where to find the rest!

Today we are finishing The Sunflower Sampler–just in time to get started on our Christmas projects!

SIGNATURE

If you are like me, not everything gets a full label…so I make sure to sign and date each quilt in FMQ.  Practice doodling your name first in one continuous line and then practice stitching it on a scrap of fabric.

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

CORNER SQUARES

Next fill in the corner squares with any motif you like. Either choice of thread will work. ( I used the thread from the center Sunflower–a solid thread.) I added a spiral with petals, but you could simply add a spiral or a wavy line.  Be creative.

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

THE ONE INCH BORDER

Add a one inch border pattern around the entire quilt.   I recommend using whichever thread you used for the Sunflower.  This gives the design balance.

Choose any border motif.  I used Braided Wheat.

Beginner Loops would look great as well.

Or use the Leaves we doodled last week.

Wheat Braid, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

When you get to the signature area,  make the motif a little smaller…

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

BINDING

Add a simple binding.

Voila!

I can feel the warmth!

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

Here’s the original-stitched on a hand dyed fabric…

The center of the Sunflower is a little different and some of the motifs around the flower are different…

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

Do YOU have a favorite?

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

SUNFLOWER SAMPLER QUILT-A-LONG

Day One

Day Two 

Day Three 

Day Four 

Day Five

Day Six

ONLINE QUILT SHOW

Send photos of YOUR finished quilt (variations too!) to lckennedy@hotmail.com —By December 5th

Be sure to put “Sunflower Sampler” in the subject line.

We’ll have an online quilt shown with prizes for the “People’s Choice”.

Can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Sunny (not Snowy) Quilting,

Lori-with-her-snowboots-on-in-Minnesota

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!

Sunflower Sampler–Adding Curvy Fills

Sunflower FMQ Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

We’re stitching right a long on our Sunflower Samplers, but first I want to answer your questions about thread.

BOBBIN THREAD AND NEEDLE

I have been using Aurifil, 28 weight cotton for the Sunflower Sampler and for the Annie Smith project (see yesterday’s post)  Whenever I use heavy weight thread on top, I use a lighter weight thread in the bobbin.  I use Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin.  This allows the top thread to win the tension “tug-of-war” more readily and it lasts longer than a heavy weight thread would.  As for color, I usually match the color of thread with the top thread.  If there are any areas where the tension is not perfect, it will not be noticeable.

A Topstitch 90 needle is my “go-to” needle for FMQ.  It has a very large eye, a sharp point and it has a deep groove in the shaft of the needle that helps protect the thread from breakage.  I

Sunflower Sampler, Week Four

SUNFLOWER SAMPLER

If you have been following along, your Sunflower is stitched and two sections have been filled with linear designs.  If you need to catch up here are the links?

Week One-Marking

Week Two-Stitch the Center

Week Three-Stitch the Petals

Week Four-Linear Fills

CURVY FILLS

This week we are going to add curvy designs next to the linear fills.  Choose any curvy design YOU like.  I added Pebbles in the right corner.

Be sure to tuck those little circles into the petals to give them more definition.

If you’d like an easier option, try Flower Power.

Sunflower FMQ Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower FMQ Sampler, Lori Kennedy

In the upper left corner add another curvy design.

You can repeat whatever you added in the opposite corner–Pebbles or Flower Power, or pick a new curvy design.  I used The Dizzy Daisy.

Sunflower FMQ Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower FMQ Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Your quilt will look something like this:

Sunflower FMQ Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Love!

Happy Quilting,

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!

Sunflower Sampler-Adding Petals

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank all of you who left comments in our Pretty Pink Sulky Thread Giveaway.

Please read yesterday’s post and get your mammogram!

Today we are stitching right along on our Sunflower Sampler.

Last week we marked the fabric and stitched the center oval.  (See last week’s directions HERE)

Your quilt should now look something like this:

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

 

MARK THE QUILT

To mark the quilt for the next step, add a 2-1/2 inch margin around the stitched center.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you are finished, the quilt should look like this:

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The petals will fill this space.

Add wide petals all the way around the oval.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you are about 3/4 of the way around the oval, stop and look at the spacing.  Draw in the last three petals to be sure the final petals are evenly spaced.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you have completed the first row of petals, your Sunflower should look like this:

(Don’t you just LOVE it already!?)

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The next step is to echo stitch and add a second set of petals–it’s easy!!!

Echo stitch the first petal–but stop in the middle…

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add an inset petal between two adjacent petals…

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Continue— echo stitch the tip of the lower petal and add another inset petal.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Continue around the entire Sunflower.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you have added all the inset petals, add a row of echo stitching around the entire flower and knot off…

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Isn’t it lovely?

The reason it works?

We’ve built in contrast–density contrast.  

The center of the Sunflower is densely quilted and the petals are less densely quilted–this gives them “POP”!

And we’re going to “POP” the petals even more by adding dense quilting motifs around the outer edge…

Can YOU apply this technique is YOUR quilts?  It always makes quilting more interesting!

MORE FROM SULKY

I understand that some of you are still struggling with thread choices.  We will talk more about thread in coming posts (I can talk for hours and hours about thread–I’m kind of a thread nerd…)

In the mean time, just look at the thread you already own…choose the best color–something with a little contrast is nice.

Start really examining your threads right on the spools.  Some are finer, some are thicker.  Some have sheen, some are dull.  Some are wiry, others are smooth.

Some feel better in your hand than others.

Comparing threads is the best way to learn about the different qualities.

Sulky is going to create a sample package of threads along with a color card for readers of The Inbox Jaunt.  I’m not sure when it will be ready, but it’s in the works…

In the meantime, buy a new thread fiber or brand every time you go shopping and start developing YOUR favorites!

LOTS MORE QUILTING THIS WEEK

Including a sneak preview of a Secret Project that’s had me chained to my sewing machine for the past two weeks!

Until then…

Schedule your mammogram and stitch your petals!

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!