Open Line Friday-Best Posts for Beginners

Green Quilt Squares, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to Open Line Friday–Everyone Asks, Everyone Answers!

I recently received a note from a new follower of The Inbox Jaunt.  She said she was enjoying poking around but wondered which were the best posts for beginners...

It was one of those lightbulb moments for me…something that has been percolating in the back of my head…a project for fall–

I need to read my blog as if I was new to it and as if I was a beginner…
Green Quilt Squares, LKennedy

Needless to say, blogging is not linear.  I didn’t start at the beginning and discuss the ins and outs of free motion quilting…those posts are randomly spiced over the last three (yes, three years!)

Starting in September, I will be remodeling The Inbox Jaunt to make it more navigation-friendly and more Beginner-friendly

That is a lot of back story for today’s question:

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Which posts have been most helpful to you as a quilter?

(Which ones did you Pin to Pinterest or share with friends or write down in a notebook?)

What would you like to see more of going forward?Green Quilt Squares, LKennedyYOUR QUESTIONS

And of course, we always have time for YOUR questions!

Thanking you in advance for YOUR help on my back-to-school organizational quest!

May your bobbin always be full!

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!

Woodgrain-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

 

Good Morning, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!

Today’s tutorial:  Woodgrain is a motif I saw while reviewing a book for Molly Hanson of SewWrongSewRight.

Molly’s book, Free Motion Quilting for Beginners (and those who think they can’t) will be released very soon.

(Later this week we will review Molly’s book and ONE LUCKY READER of The Inbox Jaunt will win an e-book version of Molly’s book!)

WOODGRAIN-A STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL:

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

Begin by drawing a few straight lines.  The lines will serve as a reference to keep motif relatively straight.

Start at the bottom of the quilt and stitch a wavy line.  Echo stitch back down.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

 

Stitch another wavy line, shorter or longer than the previous line of stitching.  Echo back to the bottom.

NOTE:  Avoid ending the wavy lines at the same height.  This looks unnatural.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

After adding several lines add a “knot”.  Instead of echo quilting, add a pointy spiral.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

Spiral in, then spiral out again.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

After stitch the spiral, stitch to the bottom line and begin adding echo lines again.   Continue this way from left to right until the width of the quilt is stitched.

Then begin stitching back to fill in the area above the first set of stitches.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

This is a very forgiving motif.  The lines are very irregular and mistakes are easily hidden-just like in nature.

THIS WEEK:

I have a project I stitched with Wood grain that was inspired by a project in Molly Hanson’s new book.

A book review and a GIVEAWAY.

Another busy week…

Lori the Lumberjack,

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