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.

(Have you noticed our new banner?)

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!

The Poinsettia-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!

Today is December 2.  The Count-down to Christmas has begun!  It is my FAVORITE time of year…decorating, baking, entertaining, shopping, presents and lots of FAMILY TIME!   With all this extra-curricular activity, please be patient if I don’t post every day through out December.  There will be just three Tuesday Tutorials in December…

Today’s tutorial is EASY, forgiving and goes anywhere! The Poinsettia would look great on ANY Christmas quilt, traditional or modern.  This poinsettia would make a gorgeous Christmas pillow, or it would be beautiful in the corner of a Christmas napkin.  Stitch three down the center of  strip of fabric–perhaps on-point to create a table runner….

Once you start stitching, you won’t want to stop….

Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingTHE POINSETTIA FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing a square.

(For the tutorial below, I used 4-1/2 inch square.  Odd size you say?  That was the size of the ruler I picked up–make it easy on yourself, use whatever size square ruler is at hand.  This motif looks great at 4 inches or 15 inches! )

Begin by stitching a cluster of circles.  (See Pebbles Quilt Tutorial)   If your square is small, 6-7 circles will be sufficient.  If your square is larger, add more.

Next stitch a pointy petal.  End the petal CLOSE TO but NOT touching the cluster if circles.
Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingEcho stitch the inside of the petal.

Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingStitch over one or two stitches and stitch a vein into the center of the petal.

Echo stitch the vein and then stitch out of the first petal.Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingContinue stitching petals around the center.

Poinsettia-Free Motion Quilting Echo stitch halfway outside of the last petal to begin the next row of petals.

Each petal is stitched the same way…Stitch a pointy petal, echo stitch the inside, stitch a vein.

Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingThen stitch out and around the first row of petals to begin the next petal.

Poinsettia-Free Motion Quilting

Continue adding rows of petals until the block is nearly filled- two or three rows.

The Perfect Poinsettia:

Poinsettia-Free Motion Quilting

For more embellishment, add a few festive Curls (See Curl Tutorial HERE)

Poinsettia-Free Motion Quilting

Continue adding Curls around The Poinsettia to fill the block.

Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingCan’t stop quilting?…Add Pebbles around The Poinsettia.

I’d call this POINSETTIA POP!

Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingWhat could be prettier than three Poinsettias in a row to create a Christmas table runner?

Grandma would LOVE this for Christmas!

 

 

Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingWhat about YOUR Christmas list?

Who do YOU know that needs a new table runner?

A Poinsettia table runner–PRICELESS!
Later this week…see what I’m making with this gorgeous motif…

Signed,

Elf Lori

North Pole Quilters

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