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.

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Feels Like Spring!

 

Free Motion Quilting, Square Flower

It’s a heat wave!  Well…at least it is warmer…and “plenty of sun”…makes us feel like going outside again.   I know some of you are still facing terrible weather…we are thinking of you!

Plenty of Sun!I stitched this little vase quilt so you could see The Square Flower from yesterday’s tutorial in action.

Free Motion Quilting, Square Flower

I wanted a slightly more casual effect for this quilt, so rather than using rayon on the top, I used Aurifil 28 wt cotton  on top and Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin.   I prefer a the slightly heavier weight Aurifil whenever I use cotton for free motion quilting.  It provides a fuller look.   I stitched with a size 90 Schmetz Topstitch needle on my Bernina 820–no space for a long arm here!

Free Motion Quilting, Square Flower

For more inspiration, please check our Flickr site HERE.  I really want to thank those of you have shared your quilts and photos!    I love to see the tutorials in action!  (You can also quickly access Flickr from my sidebar–click on the blue box that says Flickr.)

Free Motion Quilting, Square FlowerHope you are enjoying a bit of finer weather!

Lori

PS…All photos, tutorials and images are property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use.    Please pin and re-blog–with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For any other use,or if you would like to be a sponsor of The Inbox Jaunt  or  would like me to review your product or pattern, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com!

 

 

Inattentive Quilting: A Cautionary Tale

 

Xray  Sewing Machine Needle in Index Finger

I like to say that quilting is in my blood–(My grandmother, mother and sisters are all quilters.)–but now I can say  quilting is in my bones as well!

On Monday, in a rushed, unfocused nano-second, I stitched right through the middle of my nail.  I launched out of my chair and ripped the broken needle out of the pad of my finger.  I quickly wrapped my finger and sat and sulked for a while.

By Wednesday, my finger still throbbing, I decided to see a doctor and get an antibiotic.  The doctor  ordered an x-ray and imagine my surprise when this is what it revealed!

Xray Sewing Machine Needle in Index Finger

Several hours later, I was carted off to the operating room.   The surgeon said the needle went into my bone and shattered.  He found the thread and removed it along with most of the metal shards from the needle, but he was forced to leave a small metal shard embedded in my index finger.

So… six x-rays… thirty minutes of surgery… one small bottle of pain meds… one large bottle of antibiotics…and one tetanus shot later…This is my cautionary tale!

Below –my favorite image-taken during surgery-reveals the thread still attached to the needle!

Xray Sewing Machine Needle in Index Finger

The good news:  Doctors orders:  No dishes for six to nine months!?

My new motto:  Make haste slowly!

Lori