Sunflower Quilt Show-Vote for YOUR Favorite!

Good Morning, Quilters!

Welcome, welcome!

The doors are open to our Sunflowers in December Quilt Show!  The quilts are all free motion quilting samplers from our recent online FREE machine quilt-a-long HERE

One of the best things about a quilt show like this is seeing the individuality of each quilt–even when we all started with the same basic concept and composition.  The quilts are very beautiful and very creative!  Thank you to all who participated!

BEST OF SHOW

Today’s show is being judged by YOU-the viewers.  Please vote on your favorite.  The name of the artist is below the quilt and please include the number if there is one.  (Do try to evaluate each quilt based on the quilt itself and not the photography–quilt photography is very tricky!)

The winner (announced on Friday, December 23) will receive a box of sewing goodies–thread, fabric and notions from The Inbox Jaunt as well as bragging rights!  

Mary Ann McGlothlin    (baywindowquilter on Instagram)

 

FMQ

Joan Liboiron

 

Free Motion Quilting

Jern Siew

 

FMQ

Debbie Kanavel

 

FMQ

Noreen Borys

 

FMQ

Roberta Imhoff

 

Jeanette Funk

Jeanette Funk

 

FMQ

Deborah Johnson-#1

 

FMQ

Lynn Brazen

 

FMQ

Carol Pitts

 

FMQ

Denise Smart

 

FMQ

Shelly Sutton

 

Christine Barnsley

Christine Barnsley-#1

 

Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson-#2

 

Pam Marbourg

Pam Marbourg

 

Kristin David

 

Peggy Beck

Peggy Beck

 

Barbara Stanbro

Barbara Stanbro-#1

 

Barbara Stanbro

Barbara Stanbro-#2

 

Colette Hawkins

Colette Hawkins

 

Jana Pratt

Jana Pratt

 

Pat Williams

Pat Williams-#1

 

Pat Williams

Pat Williams-#2

 

Christine Barnsley

Christine Barnsley-#2

 

Christine Barnsley

Christine Barnsley–#3

 

Mary Heard

Mary Heard

 

Barb Ellis

Barb Ellis

THANK YOU to all who participated.  YOUR quilts are all BEST of SHOW!

Sunny (though -22F)-in-Minnesota,

Lori

Finishing Touches –The Sunflower Sampler

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank YOU all for joining me in the excitement about our new book!  It will make using the Tuesday Tutorials so much easier!  The first book (perhaps a sequel?) contains more than 61 of my favorite tutorials.  Because each tutorial has a number of photos, we were forced to limit the selection—but you still know where to find the rest!

Today we are finishing The Sunflower Sampler–just in time to get started on our Christmas projects!

SIGNATURE

If you are like me, not everything gets a full label…so I make sure to sign and date each quilt in FMQ.  Practice doodling your name first in one continuous line and then practice stitching it on a scrap of fabric.

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

CORNER SQUARES

Next fill in the corner squares with any motif you like. Either choice of thread will work. ( I used the thread from the center Sunflower–a solid thread.) I added a spiral with petals, but you could simply add a spiral or a wavy line.  Be creative.

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

THE ONE INCH BORDER

Add a one inch border pattern around the entire quilt.   I recommend using whichever thread you used for the Sunflower.  This gives the design balance.

Choose any border motif.  I used Braided Wheat.

Beginner Loops would look great as well.

Or use the Leaves we doodled last week.

Wheat Braid, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

When you get to the signature area,  make the motif a little smaller…

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

BINDING

Add a simple binding.

Voila!

I can feel the warmth!

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

Here’s the original-stitched on a hand dyed fabric…

The center of the Sunflower is a little different and some of the motifs around the flower are different…

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

Do YOU have a favorite?

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

SUNFLOWER SAMPLER QUILT-A-LONG

Day One

Day Two 

Day Three 

Day Four 

Day Five

Day Six

ONLINE QUILT SHOW

Send photos of YOUR finished quilt (variations too!) to lckennedy@hotmail.com —By December 5th

Be sure to put “Sunflower Sampler” in the subject line.

We’ll have an online quilt shown with prizes for the “People’s Choice”.

Can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Sunny (not Snowy) Quilting,

Lori-with-her-snowboots-on-in-Minnesota

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!

Sunflower Sampler-Finishing the Background

Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m so happy to hear how enthusiastic you all have been about our Sunflower Samplers!  Seems many of you are experiencing great success!  So let’s continue right along by finishing the background.

(Find all of the previous Sunflower Sampler lessons HERE)

Today we are going to complete the background fills.

DESIGN CONTRAST

Fill the background with alternating Curvy and Straight motifs.  

Alternating curvy and straight motifs gives the design contrast–Read more about Design Contrast HERE.

Contrast makes each section more visible.

Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Try Starry Night

Starry Night-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

And The Oyster Shell

 

Oyster Shell Free Motion Quilting

Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Then fill in the remaining sections with zig zag quilting.

 

Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

And Straight Line Quilting
Sunflower Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Doesn’t that look FABULOUS???

Next week we will add the finishing touches on our Sunflower Sampler including the borders and corner squares.

And then we’ll look at  a few variations.

PLUS--A Sunflower Sampler Quilt Show (with prizes) for “Reader’s Choice”!

Can’t wait to see what YOU create!!!

Sunny Quilting!

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.