Spring Quilt-a-Long: The Fabulous Flower

Spring Quilt-a-Long, Fabulous Flower, Machine Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

I am back from a week of teaching at The Minnesota Quilt Show and Convention–and what a week it was!

I was delighted to meet so many of YOU!

We worked hard, but had a lot of fun!  Thank you to all of YOU who took one (or more) of my classes and to those who introduced themselves!  I always LOVE to meet readers of The Inbox Jaunt!!!

THE SPRING QUILT-A-LONG

Today, we are working on our quilt-a-long.  This project was designed to help YOU with YOUR quilts– I realize that most of you are not making whole cloth quilts on solid fabric.

We finished the HST rows last week and we are starting on the other rows today.

The Center Row–A Border Motif

Begin by choosing your thread.

I always use 50wt Aurifil cotton in the bobbin–It is a long staple fiber, low lint and my BERNINA 770QE just sings whenever it is in the bobbin.

I chose 28 wt Aurifil cotton on top.  It is heavier than the 50wt so it will show up better.

MARKING

We will be stitching the Fabulous Flower in the center row.  You can find the Fabulous Flower tutorial HERE and on page 108 of Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3.  (Signed copies available at my Etsy shop HERE–or unsigned copies can be purchased from Amazon HERE.)

The Fabulous Flower is stitched in five passes:

  • A row of spirals
  • The bottom petals
  • The top petals
  • Echo stitch the top
  • Echo stitch the bottom

I added two parallel lines, one inch apart, in the center of the row to serve as guidelines for the Spirals.

 

Stitch the first pass–a row of large Spirals with a long tail.

At the end of the row of spirals, start the second pass.

Stitch underneath the spirals–add scallop “petals”.

Add the third pass–Stitch scallop “petals” above the spirals. Complete adding the top petals to the end of the row.
Begin the fourth pass–Echo stitch the top row of petals–add swirls or leaves if there is room.
Finish the motif by adding echo-stitching   to the lower petals.

QUILTING ON PRINTS

As you can see, the motif is less noticeable on a printed fabric than it would be on a solid.  Using a heavy weight thread like Aurifil 28wt cotton helps.  The motif is more noticeable at some angles than from others and some light situations make the motif easier to see.  When stitching on prints, consider if it is worthwhile to stitch a complex motif like the Fabulous Flower…

The Fabulous Flower is one of my favorite motifs (do I say that about all of them???)…

So I decided to add it to my edge borders as well.

(The center guidelines are 1-1/2 inches wide and are set 1 inch away from the pieced area of the quilt.)

In the original quilt, I added Ribbon Candy...

Border and HST Quilt-a-Long, Lori KennedyIf you are ready…add a motif to the edge border OR wait until the other rows are complete.

 

I am happy to be quilting my garden again today–

We’ve had two days of thunderstorms and hail!

Spring Quilt-a-Long, Fabulous Flower, Machine Quilting

 

What about YOU?  Are you indoor or outdoor gardening today?

Have YOU started YOUR Quilt-a-long?

How is it going?  Do YOU have any questions???

We’d LOVE to hear!

 

Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.  —R.W.Emerson

Good quilting advice, too!

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 Spring Quilt-a-Long: More HST Quilting Motifs

 

Machine Quilting Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Are you ready to stitch?  Let’s continue our Spring Quilt-a-Long (before I have to re-name it the Summer QAL!)

On Tuesday we stitched the far right row of half square triangles.

Today we will stitch the far left row.
Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy

First let’s address a few questions that you had.

Why do you start on the bottom of the quilt and not on top?

Hmmm….I’m not sure!  I arrange the quilt so the bulk of the quilt is to the left of the machine-not under the harp space.  It doesn’t matter if you start at the top of the row or the bottom.  I usually start at the bottom–mostly out of habit and because the bulk of the quilt is supported on the table when I start–and it moves into my lap as I go along.  There is no reason you couldn’t start the other way.

Why do you use Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon 40 wt on top?

That thread combination is my “go-to” combo.  I know how it looks and that the two threads combine well together.  YOU may have two entirely different choices depending on your quilt, the batting, your sewing machine.  It is good to come up with YOUR “go-to” combo…then start adding new threads to try.

I like threads like Sulky Rayon with a bit of sheen on top.  40 wt thread is a slightly heavy thread and shows up well.

Because it is a slippery thread, I find it works best when I use a less slippery thread–like cotton in the bobbin.  It helps the machine make a nice stitch.  I used an 80wt cotton Aurifil in the bobbin this time–it’s new to me, but a thin thread will last longer in your bobbin.

X MARKS THE SPOT–A HST MOTIF

To stitch this motif we will stitch four triangles:  up, sideways, down, sideways–to form our X.

Begin stitching in the lower left corner of the square.

Stitch toward the center, stopping a few stitches short of the center.

Stitch to the lower right corner to create the first triangle.

Stitching on the light fabric, add a sideways triangle, ending in the upper right corner.

Stitch a downward triangle, ending in the upper left corner.

Stitch a sideways triangle, ending in the bottom left corner.

The “X” is complete.

Stitch in the ditch or close to the seam on the left side of the first HST to begin the next HST in the row. If you have trouble stitching to the center of the HST–and your Xs are catawampus (I look for excuses to use that word!)

Use chalk to mark the center.  Usually, once you stitch for a while you won’t have to mark–your eye will improve.

Once all the HST are machine quilted, stitch a straight line down the right side of each square to complete the pattern.

There you have it!

Another simple way to stitch HSTs!Machine Quilting Half Square Triangles, Lori Kennedy

Keep it simple and you’ve got it made!

Your Simple Quilting Tutor,

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 Spring Sampler QAL-Piecing the Quilt Top

Border and HST Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Let’s get started with our Spring Sampler Quilt tops!

REVIEW 

Last week, we choose a color scheme and picked fabrics.

Some of you may have stitched your  40 half square triangles.

And YOU may have made a few designs decisions to make your sampler a different size.

YOUR DESIGN

I will be including all of my design choices for this quilt including cut and finished sizes of each of the blocks and borders, however YOU should be YOUR own designer!

This project is very flexible and is designed to help YOU with YOUR quilts.  The sizes and colors can vary and you will still be able to quilt-a-long.

Don’t hesitate to change the sizes if you have a long table.

Or maybe you have pre-cut fabrics…use them, don’t re-cut them….at least see if they look proportional in your quilt.

The key is:  Use what YOU have and what looks good to YOU!  

Make it easy on yourself.

Then we will modify the machine quilting to fit YOUR quilt!

Spring Quilt-a-long, Lori Kennedy

STEPS

Half Square Triangle Strips

Need 4 strips of half square triangles.   Careful about orientation of each row!  Be sure to orient two rows of HST facing one way and two facing the opposite way…see photos.

Stitch 10 HST in each row.

Your row should now measure 20-1/2 inches (or pretty close).

Sashing Rows

Cut 5 strips.

20-1/2 by 3 inches.

Spring Quilt-a-long, Lori Kennedy

Top and Bottom Borders

The finished size of the borders are 4 inches wide.

Cut the width after you finish piecing.

I used this Kaffe Fasset precut-6-1/2 inches wide.

I decided to not cut to it at all–that gives me flexibility if I decide a deeper border looks better.

Spring Quilt-a-long, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the rows together.

I like to use Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin and top with a size 80 Universal needle.

BERNINA quilters-I love the BERNINA 37D foot for piecing, but remember any time you use a “D” foot you MUST engage the dual feed!

Also, everyone should use a single hole throat plate when piecing–it helps prevent fabric jams and creates the best possible stitch.

PRESSING

Press the seam allowances away from the HST rows.

Carefully press the entire quilt once all of the rows are finished.

Spring Quilt-a-long, Lori Kennedy

TOMORROW

I will show you my no-measure method for adding borders–I use it all the time, much to my sister’s chagrin!

Create the quilt sandwich.

Speaking of sandwiches…it’s lunch time here…

And I have an avocado…

Here’s one of my favorite cooking websites, What’s Gaby Cooking.

Merrily we row-a-long, quilt-a-long, cook-a-long….

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!