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The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

When a UFO lingers too long…giving yourself a deadline (and telling 10,000 people about it) really helps!

I stitched the letters for this quilt top more than two years ago…

Then I added a border six months ago…

Then I started quilting it last week…

And thanks to YOU it is finished!

Next time someone asks “How long does it take you to make a quilt like that?”

We all know the answer—too long!

The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

A FEW DESIGN NOTES

I added the pebble frame to soften the hard lines of the center square.  Next, I added the flowers in the corners, but then I was unsure how to proceed….

I knew I wanted the corner flowers to stand as a mini-focal point and I wanted to accentuate the shape of the curvy frame.

To make the corner flowers stand out, I used design contrast.

First, thread contrast-the leaves that are adjacent to the flowers are in a solid color green that blends with the background fabric–they create more texture than design.

Second, density contrast-the leaves are more closely spaced, denser, than the open flowers in the corners.

 

The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyI also wanted to accentuate the shape of the frame.

To do this, I could have left it completely open–that would have allowed it to pop, but I think it would have looked “naked” or unfinished.

I chose to use narrow, straight line stitching that contrasted with the flowers that surrounded it.

I used BERNINA’s Ruler Foot!

It took forever! I am sooooo slow at Ruler Work!  (I am gradually learning –more on that soon!)

The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyTHE CENTER BLOCK

I had stitched in the ditch around the lettering, but it seemed to need a bit more.

Repeating the String of Pearls from the frame and Varying it was the perfect touch!

Once that was complete, the light green sashing needed something–and I have loved Rick-Rack since childhood…

The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyAll in all, I am rather pleased with The Inbox Jaunt!

Celebrating 5 Years of Blogging with a Banner!

Party invitations and prizes to come!

What about YOU?

Do YOU have any projects that could use a deadline?

Wanna tell 10,000 friends about it?

We will hold YOU accountable!

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

Your Faithful Blogger,

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!

 

Doodle Quilt Design

Doodle Quilt Design, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

It’s been a long time since we doodled!  I’ve been spending a lot of creative energy on a big project…I’ll tell you more tomorrow…consequently,

I haven’t been doing my doodling homework!

I hope YOU have been doodling!

DOODLING A BABY QUILT

All good quilting begins with a plan.

And a lot of doodling!

I recently designed a stitched a baby quilt for my friend’s granddaughter.  

After filling pages and pages, this was my final “draft”.  I still made a lot of changes in the final quilt, but I started with this basic framework and idea.

Whole Cloth Baby Quilt, Lori Kennedy

DOODLING YOUR OWN QUILT

Today’s Doodle Lesson…

Start with a basic framework–just four wavy lines.

Doodle Quilt Design, Lori Kennedy

Double up a few of the lines–or all of them.

Doodle Quilt Design, Lori Kennedy

Then choose some of your favorite motifs and start filling in the lines.

Don’t over think it…

Doodle Quilt Design, Lori Kennedy

Once you have one draft completed, see what works and what you’d might want to change.

And start another…

Doodle Quilt Design, Lori Kennedy

And another,

And another,

The first one is almost NEVER the best one!

Are YOU inspired to quilt one?

We’d LOVE to hear!

And to see!

Have fun doodling–and don’t be afraid to ruin a few pages in your sketchbook!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy @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!

 

Fishy-A Work in Progress

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’ve been fishing in my sewing room!

It was a rainy day in Minnesota and a golden opportunity to finish this cheery fish project.

I pulled out my palette of 30wt cotton threads...(Check out Sulky’s Sale HERE for the best prices.)

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

After stabilizing, I stitched around each of the fish and added a circle border using Sulky 30 wt cotton (Topstitch 90 needle).

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

Then I chose a variegated thread for the watery background. (Sulky 30wt cotton-Cotton Blendables)

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

I got a good start on the center…

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

NOTE–When you want your quilting design to show–use heavy weight thread (40wt or 30wt) in a contrasting color.

When you want the design to blend into the background, use lighter weight thread (50wt or 60wt) in a matching color.

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

I should have it done by the weekend…

What about YOU?

What are you stitching?

What are YOUR favorite threads?

We’d LOVE to hear!

I’d rather be 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.

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