The Poppies Machine Quilting Tutorial

 

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesGood Morning, Quilters!

Oh the drama of Poppies!  There are very few flowers that have the visual impact of this ornamental flower.  Poppies are a symbol of the fallen soldier on Remembrance Day and they also symbolize peace.  If your birthday is in August, Poppies are your birth flower!

When quilting Poppies–be sure to stitch them very large to capture their dramatic essence!

THE POPPY-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching the edge of one of the petals–a short line. (NOTE-since this is a background fill or allover motif–we are not starting in the center.)

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Poppies

Add a large oval, then stitch the first full petal.

 

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Poppies

 

Add several more large petals around the central oval.
Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, Poppies

Complete the petals and stitch toward the center oval.Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesStitch around the oval with a jagged, scribbly line.Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesClosely echo stitch around the petals to add more definition to the Poppy.Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesAdd another row of close echo stitching to travel to the area where you would like to begin the next Poppy.

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Machine Quilting Tutorial, PoppiesDo not worry if the petals of the Poppies are odd shapes–they will look like they overlap.    It is more important to keep the Poppies very close together than it is to make perfectly shaped petals.

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THREAD, NEEDLE, BATTING, MACHINE

For this tutorial, I used:

Warm and Natural cotton batting.  I love this low loft batting for art quilts and table runners.

 28wt Aurifil cotton thread on top.  It is heavier weight and the flowers really “pop” (pun intended).  For all 28 wt thread- a size 90/14 needle is required (my favorite is the Topstitch needle--it has a big eye and a deep groove to protect the thread.)

Sulky Rayon 40wt or Superior Magnifico 40wt polyester would also have been good choices.

In the bobbin, I always use Aurifil 50 wt cotton--my sewing machine just loves it!

As always, I stitched this tutorial on my domestic sewing machine, the Fabulous BERNINA 770QE–it creates gorgeous stitches and the bobbin system makes tension adjustments a breeze!

POPPY DOODLES

Remember…if you can’t doodle it, you can’t stitch it–so get those pencils, pens and markers out!!

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May YOUR day be filled with YOUR favorite color!

(better that than…

May YOUR day be filled with drama!

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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Hippity-Hoppity!

Easter Eggs, FMQ
Good Morning, Quilters!

Hippity-hoppity Easter’s on its way!

And Craftsy has a great sale!  It’s a great time to stock up on Aurifil Thread-it’s an amazing price–as well as Boundless fabrics–I love their solids!  as well as other supplies.  Use my affiliate link HERE to get the best prices of the season!

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Hop on over to BERNINA’s WeAllSew blog for the tutorial for this easy Bunny.

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The Bunny is perfect for Easter, but it would look fabulous on any spring quilt or a baby quilt.

You can see a video of me stitching the Bunny on BERNINA’s Facebook page HERE–You will need to scroll down to April 7, 2017.

Easter Eggs, FMQ

Easter Eggs, FMQ

You can find two tutorials  for the Free Motion Quilted Easter Eggs HERE--and HERE–(Throwback Thursday!)

 

If you get to work, quick like a bunny, you could make a small table runner or add the bunny to an apron or tea towel…

Hop to it!

What about YOU?

Are you working on any Spring or Easter projects?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Your Chinchilla Quilter,

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!

 

Why So Many of Us Can’t Stipple or Meander…

Free motion Quilting, Stipple stitch, Meander stitchAs I have mentioned many times, I want to Ban the Stipple quilting stitch and it’s larger cousin, the Meander stitch.  Now, I know many of you like these stitches, and it’s nothing personal…it’s just that every beginner is told to “just stipple”…

I did a quick Google search of how to stipple and here are some of the descriptions and directions:

  • “Stippling is closely spaced, random quilting lines that do not cross and are gently curved.”
  • “Draw Amoebas”
  • “It should look like a jigsaw puzzle.”
  • “Stitch a wiggling, meandering line that doesn’t cross itself.”
  • “Wiggle but don’t cross’

REALLY???? No wonder so many beginners get frustrated and quit Free Motion Quilting!

Stick with me a minute…while I share a story…

When my daughters were in high school, they were all life guards at our local swimming pool. Whenever one of the little Tykes started running on the wet pavement (very dangerous)-the life guards were instructed to shout “WALK!”… They didn’t shout “DON’T RUN!”…

Here’s the reason:  Our brain works fastest when we tell it what we SHOULD DO, not when we tell it what NOT to do…

Free motion Quilting, Stipple stitch, Meander stitch

Now back to quilting…

Instructions like:  Start on the bottom line, stitch straight up.  Stitch a half circle…we can all follow these directions….(especially when there’s a photo to go with it!)

Whereas instructions like:  Stitch amoebas, don’t cross over, wiggle…are much more difficult to follow.

So if you’re one of the many people who has trouble with Stippling or Meandering…you are NORMAL!  Just move on…there are so many choices…

Doodle to Design on Craftsy

 Happy Stitching,

Lori

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