Loose Screws-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I don’t want any commentary from the peanut gallery–(especially family…)–about the name of today’s tutorial…

Before we get to work…

QUIZ–FREE MOTION MACHINE QUILTING 1-2-3

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Now the question is…how many of YOU read it thoroughly?

Did YOU read the Dedication page?  (It’s one of the last pages of the book….?)

I’m not telling….YOU will have to see for yourself!

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

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BERNINA AMBASSADOR BLOG TOUR

We continue our “Make New Friends” series with the BERNINA Ambassador blog tour…

Yesterday we met Kelly Ashton, Lynn Carson Harris, Diane Doran and Melody Crust...

Today you are in for a real treat!

Kathy Delaney (Appliqué)

Christa Watson, (Modern piecing and machine quilting), and

Mandy Leins, (Modern Long Arm quilting)

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Now don’t be gone too long….

We have a FEW LOOSE SCREWS to Machine Quilt!

Begin by drawing parallel lines–In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Stitch a wavy line along the drawn line, then stitch a clockwise loop.

 

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue stitch clockwise…

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Around and around…as many times as you like.

Two or three looks nice…

But so does five, six, seven….

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

As you approach the drawn line…stitch another wavy line and begin a counter clockwise spiral…

(Does this look musical to anyone????–we may have a new motif in the works!?!)

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a full row of Loose Screws from Edge to Edge…

Then add more rows…

The spirals can be all different sizes.

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Be sure to Doodle first! 

And get right on this one–we need it for next week’s tutorial–The Daffodil!

If you like Loose Screws--you may also like Silly Spirals

They are similar-Silly Spirals are a little easier to learn because there is a place to stop and think before your begin the Spirals.  On the other hand, Loose Screws are a little more challenging to learn, but once you do, they are faster to stitch!

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I know I say this all the time…but I think both of these motifs are my new favorites!

What about YOU?

Do YOU have any new favorites?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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!

The Christmas Rose–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Christmas Rose, FMQ, Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

With just weeks to go before Christmas, today’s tutorial is a quick and easy motif to add to any Christmas quilt!

While Poinsettias, Mistletoe  and Holly are all traditional Christmas flowers…

Roses always look elegant at Christmas!

THE CHRISTMAS ROSE FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing a line across the fabric.  The line can be straight or wavy.

Stitch a spiral along the line.

Christmas Rose, FMQ, Kennedy

It doesn’t matter if your spiral is neat or messy–either way it will look gorgeous!

Christmas Rose, FMQ, Kennedy

Cluster two or three spirals of different sizes together, then add a leaf or two.

Christmas Rose, FMQ, Kennedy

A simple leaf will work great.

Christmas Rose, FMQ, Kennedy

Continue along the drawn line, adding spirals and leaves of different sizes.  It is best to avoid a pattern like three spirals, two leaves…instead keep the sizes, shapes and leaf placement random.

 

Christmas Rose, FMQ, Kennedy

Christmas Rose, FMQ, Kennedy

Perfectly Elegant…

I wonder how this would look on white fabric with red thread?

Or on linen with red and green thread?

Or on white wool—I have a piece in my sewing room….Got to go…

Don’t call me for dinner!

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!

The Dizzy Daisy-A FREE, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

 

Good morning, Quilters!

It’s Tuesday…time for another FREE, free motion quilt tutorial!

From the moment this pattern appeared on my sketchbook, I knew it would be one of my favorites.

And, yes…it did appear as if by magic. Serendipity happens sometimes when one doodles aimlessly-

Another reason for YOU to doodle frequently!

Today’s pattern would look great in the background of any quilt.  It is modern, but sophisticated enough to be included in the most formal of quilts.

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingBegin stitching in the corner of the quilt–along a border.

Begin by stitching a spiral

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingStitch around the spiral and take two straight stitches along the border.

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

Spiral around as many times as you would like.  Make some of the spirals large and some small-this makes the pattern more interesting to “read”.

Next, begin stitching another spiral by sweeping away from the first motif.

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingStitch around the new spiral…whenever you reach the first spiral, take two stitches–parallel to the first spiral and stitch back around…the outer rotations will not be full circles…

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingContinue adding new spirals…

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingAn entire background could be filled with just the connected spirals.  Gorgeous!

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingTo add a little “daisy” to our “dizzy”….add the petals from The Happy Blossom Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingThen add more spirals…

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

In not time at all, you’ll be “Dizzy with Daisies” and your quilt will be complete!

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

I think this is my new favorite….

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingBut then again, I say that every week…

I’ve stitched so many Dizzy Daisies…I feel faint…I think I’ll take a little nap…THEN I’ll go clean the house?!

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona cotton fabric using Aurifil 28/2 cotton thread on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle.  The batting is Tuscany Silk–new for me, I’m giving it a whirl and a twirl and spin….I’ll let you know what I think.

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