Improv Applique–A Sneak Preview

Fusible Flowers Project

Good morning, Quilters!

I found a box of fused hand dyed fabrics on my shelves and spent a little TV time cutting up flower shapes.

I don’t know where this is going…A little improvisational appliqué…

I think I’ll use Robison-Anton’s Twister Tweed to outline the shapes?

Fusible Flowers ProjectDeveloping…

Are YOU doing any improv quilting?

Lori

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‘A” is for Apple…A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

AN APPLE FOR MY TEACHER 

On my sidebar, you may have noticed the Apple-link to ALL the free motion quilt tutorials (just click on the apple and– magic–all the tutorials appear!) –I have had several requests for a tutorial for the apple.  With the end of the school year just weeks away, one reader suggested The Apple would make a great gift for teachers…Thanks, LaVonne for the idea…so here we go!

‘A’  IS FOR APPLE TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing a square.  In the sample below, I drew a six-inch square (using the Clover chaco-liner pen).

Begin stitching 1-1/4 inches below the top line.  Stitch up to create the curvy top of the apple, then down and at a slight angle to the bottom line.  On the bottom line,  stitch a slight wave and then up again to create the left side of the apple.

Do not fret too much about the shape of your apple.  In nature, apples are very oddly shaped. The key is a little wave at the top and bottom of the apple.

NOTE-Leave a small gap between the beginning stitches and the top of the apple which you just stitched.

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch a triangle stem.  Again, leave a gap–

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Now stitch a leaf-single or double.

Stitch through “the gap” and echo the upper left side of the apple.

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch a spiral and echo back to the top of the apple. (See The Spiral tutorial HERE)

This apple is complete the way it is, or you can echo around the entire apple and leaf for a more finished look.  (Not shown here.)

Apple Free Motion Quilt TutorialIf you want a fancy-schmancy apple- (Remember how nice that teacher was to your little tyke….!

Instead of returning to the top of the apple, drop down and add another spiral…

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Echo around the spiral and add more spirals…

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial…until you fill the entire apple.

Then echo stitch around the apple and  knot off. (See Knots HERE and HERE)

An apple so good you’ll want to make a pie!

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

NOTE-This tutorial was stitched with Robison-Anton Rayon thread on top and Aurifil 50wt cotton thread in the bobbin on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator.

MORE APPLES (AND MORE UFOs)

For an  free motion quilted table runner with apples..see HERE

For another (UFO) apple project, check this out HERE

And for a completed apple project HERE

Signed,

Lori Appleseed

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 pin, tweet, blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.

 

The Pretty Bow-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Pretty Bow-Free Motion Quilting

Good morning, Quilters and welcome back to another Tuesday Tutorial–your source for FREEFree Motion Quilt Tutorials and Motifs!  I would like to start by saying “Thank You”  to all of you for your overwhelming response to my announcement that I will be writing a featured column in American Quilter magazine–(on newsstands very soon!).  (Read more HERE)…Your notes of encouragement are greatly appreciated!    It is thrilling to see the tutorials in print, and I think you will like the new projects demonstrated in the magazine…

THE PRETTY BOW TUTORIAL

Today, we are working on a charming motif for your next quilt.  It can be stitched in rows, or as a single motif.  With a little doodling, I’m sure we could turn this motif into an all over fill pattern to replace (the dreaded) stippling–As you know, I can’t stipple…

Begin by drawing three “rails”, equidistant apart–just to keep things tidy.  In the samples below, the “rails” are 3/4″ apart.

 

Begin stitching on the middle rail and stitch a horizontal loop to the left.

The Pretty Bow-Free Motion Quilting

Next,  stitch a horizontal loop to the right.

The Pretty Bow-Free Motion Quilting

Next, stitch a larger horizontal loop around the first loop.

The Pretty Bow-Free Motion Quilting

And repeat to the right.

The Pretty Bow-Free Motion Quilting

To create the ribbon- drop down and stitch a line with a curl.

The Pretty Bow-Free Motion Quilting

Stitch around this line and back up to the bow.

The Pretty Bow-Free Motion Quilting

Stitch the right ribbon by angling to the right and stitching a curl.

The Pretty Bow-Free Motion Quilting

Stitch around the right curl and back to the center.  Stitch along the middle rail in a straight line to begin the next Pretty Bow!

The Pretty Bow-Free Motion Quilting

This little bow would look great on any girl’s quilt, a set of pillowcases, a present for Mother’s Day….

Where will YOU stitch The Pretty Bow?

I’d love to hear (and see!)

Lori

PS…This sample was stitched with Robison Anton rayon thread on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin on my Bernina 820 (extra wide harp space and really big bobbin) without a stitch regulator–using a Schmetz #90 Topstitch needle.

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