Sampler-Sun and Stars

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Exercise Fanatics!

It’s Day 2 in our Run (Walk, Crawl) for the Roses!  Whatever YOUR fitness level, there’s alway a way to MOVE MORE-so join the challenge and earn YOUR chance to win the lovely Rose Vase Quilt.  Read more HERE

No excuses!   MOVE MORE today!

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THE NAUTICAL SAMPLER

Our nautical sampler is filling in quickly now.

As of right now, the top of your quilt should have Rows 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7 stitched and the quilt should look like this:

Find all the directions HERE

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Today we are going to fill in Rows 2 and 4 and learn a little trick for spacing larger motifs.

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyRow 4

Row 4 is a one inch space in between two wavy lines.

Add my favorite motif, The Star or Snowflake, to Row 4.

This motif looks like a Star or a Snowflake depending on the context of the quilt.  I love stitching it because it has a nice rocking rhythm while sewing.  (sounds weird, I know…but wait until YOU try it!)

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyRow 2

Quartering

For Row 2 we are going to stitch four large Spirograph Suns–(simplified versions)

Whenever stitching a large motif, it is a good idea to do a little ciphering to make sure you don’t end up with a half of a motif in the row.

For this quilt we will stitch four full sun motifs in the row.

To divide the space evenly (without measuring) use a measuring tape and place it along the width of the quilt and hold the end point.

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Fold the tape in half….

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Then in half again.

Give the folds a good pinch to create a crease.

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Then mark the quilt on the crease lines.

In this quilt, the math would have been easy as the width was sixteen inches…but it isn’t always this simple and the creasing method works great for odd sizes.

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Once  the four rectangles are marked, add a “tick mark” in the center of each box.  The tick mark will help center each Sun motif within the rectangle.

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitching the Sun

Begin stitching on the top line of the rectangle, stitch past the tick mark, then stitch three half circles.

Add five triangles around the center of the Sun, finish on the top line.   (For more photos and directions, see The Spirograph Sun Tutorial HERE)

Stitch along the top line to begin the next motif.

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

TWO WEEKS TO GO!

Next week we will fill in Row 8 and Row 9

The following week we will add the border and put the finishing touches on our Sampler Quilt!

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I love it already!

Isn’t it amazing how a few minutes of stitching, done consistently, produces something delightful!

Sounds like another project we’re working on….

BALANCE

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Remember:  Our goal is Quilt/Exercise Balance–Exercise more, and reward yourself with a little quilting!

How are YOU going to juggle everything today?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Gotta Run…

Another 4 mile Walk/Jog for me today!

Lori’s Yoga and YOU!

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!

 

Valentine’s Day-Coming Soon!

Grid Heart Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilt-Lovers!

Need a Special Valentine for YOUR Special Valentine?

Try a quick Whole cloth quilt!

Grid Heart Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Use a Grid Composition-familiar to all quilters– and The Doodle Heart Tutorial.

Grid Heart Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Grid Heart Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Add your own embellishments to create a quilt YOUR Valentine will keep 4-EVER!

XO XO

Lori

For more on Compositional Styles (ways to divide a quilt for quilting) see Craftsy video, Divide and Conquer:  Create Machine Quilting 50% off today!

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!

Stream of Consciousness Quilting

Free Motion Quilting, Kennedy

Happy Monday, Quilters!

I’m pretty sure if you did an MRI of my brain, it would look like this:

Free Motion Quilting, Kennedy

Free Motion Quilting, Kennedy

I was going to call it Crazy Quilting…

Free Motion Quilting, Kennedy

But I didn’t want to give my family any more reason to believe, well, you know what they think about quilters…

I decided Stream of Consciousness Quilting sounded much better!
Free Motion Quilting, KennedyWhat do YOU think your brain mapping would look like?

My challenge to YOU–take 20 minutes today to quilt mindlessly…(easy for some of us!)

and see what YOUR quilt reveals…

We’d love to hear!

Signed,

Loony 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!