Beginner Loops- A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

First of all, I’d like to THANK YOU-all those who voted for The Inbox Jaunt as Best Overall Quilt Blog HERE and for all your very kind words of support.  I was delighted to hear that so many of you have found the blog and the tutorials helpful and inspiring!  Means my time and effort have been worthwhile.  Again, Thank you.

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BEGINNER LOOPS FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

I would like to start by emphasizing–Quilting does not have to be complicated to be beautiful!

Simple patterns like Loops can be very pretty.  If you’re a beginner, find a motif that is easy for you to so ensure success.  AND don’t avoid free motion quilting because it looks complicated.  YOU can do this!

Today’s motif is a simple pattern.  Stitch it horizontally–it is just like writing the lower case letter “l” in cursive.

Draw two lines one inch apart.  Stitch simple loops. Stitch with the lines horizontally or vertically-which ever is easier.

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingStitch another row with the loops facing the opposite direction.  Isn’t this a beautiful motif?!  It would make a lovely border.

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingOr draw the first two lines 1 inch apart and add a third line 1/2 inch to the right.

Stitch the first set of loops and then interlock the second row of loops.

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingAdd echo stitching with a loop…Fabulous!

Beginners Loops, Free Motion Quilting

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingKeep it SIMPLE and YOU’ve got it made!

Simply stitching,

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

PPS.  This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 820 on Kona cotton with Sulky 30wt Rayon on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.

The Race Car–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Welcome back to Circle Month here at The Inbox Jaunt and another FREE, Free Motion Quilt tutorial--The Speedy Race Car tutorial.

No, you are not confused…it IS Wednesday.  We are working on two tutorials this week(and next) as we explore the Humble Circle…

Yesterday, we worked on Dots and Dashes.  I hope you had time to practice.  Today, our pit crew is going to put Dots and Dashes to work.

THE RACE CAR TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing a rectangle 4 inches wide by 3 inches.

Add a second line, 1/2 inch above the bottom line.

Begin stitching on this line.

Stitch a dash, dot, dash, dot, dash….EASY!

 

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialNext curve up and around to make the front fender–about 1/2 inch below the top line

Curve down and back up to create the “seat” of the race car.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialThen curve back down to close the car… Perfect and SPEEDY!

This simple car stands alone.  No further embellishment is needed…Echo stitch the bottom of the car and begin another car…(NOT SHOWN)

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialFor a “souped up” car…Stitch next to the first “dash” into the wheel of the car.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Add a star inside the wheel, then stitch out of the wheel and around the top of the back wheel and into the front tire…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialStitch a star in the front wheel, then stitch over the front wheel and echo stitch the front of the car, adding a racing stripe if desired.  Continue echo stitching until you reach the car seat.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialAdd a steering wheel, then continue echo-stitching…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Add a number and some “exhaust”…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Plain or “souped”….A SPEEDY RACE CAR sure to please…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Have fun!…Add your child’s name or his favorite number…Write a message in the “exhaust”…

Keep doodling, keep practicing circles…

Two more circle tutorials next week…

And oodles of more fun this week…

Stay tuned.

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 Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

The Eagle-Free Motion Quilting

 INDEPENDENCE DAY

The Eagle-Free Motion Quilting

Happy Fourth of July!  One of my favorite holidays.

The Eagle-Free Motion Quilting

The day would not be complete without Ray Charles singing America, The Beautiful

The Eagle-Free Motion Quilting

 The Eagle (20″ square) was stitched on Robert Kaufman “Riviera” Kona cotton with Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon on top on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator.

The Eagle is part of The Patriot Series:  USA and Flag, Anchor and Star -yesterday…

Wishing YOU all the joys and blessings of this summer holiday,

Lori

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