Doodle Holly for Best Machine Quilting Results

How to Doodle Holly, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m soooo far behind!  After our trip to Chicago, I used all my creative energy (and physical energy) decorating the house for Christmas.  My husband and I are crazy about Christmas. We have an entire storage room dedicated to lights, wreaths, candles, ornaments, linens, art work, vases………..That’s a lot of trips up and down the stairs!

Unfortunately, I did not get to the Tuesday Tutorial….

Fortunately,  BERNINA’s blog, We All Sew is featuring my Pine Bough and Holly tutorial today-including a short video of the stitching process.

It’s fun to watch and I think it is very helpful for many people to see the video as well as to have the step-outs.

How to Doodle Holly, Lori Kennedy

DOODLE FIRST

Of course, you should DOODLE FIRST!

Doodling is the fastest way to learn a motif and create the muscle memory required for smooth stitching.

If you hesitate for a fraction of a second while stitching-the line will be less fluid.

The more you doodle, the better your quilting will look!

How to Doodle Holly, Lori Kennedy

Once you know how to doodle the Holly and Pine Bough, use the motif to decorate your notepad, or Christmas packages, or stationery….

How to Doodle Holly, Lori Kennedy

Remember when it comes to doodling, 

and candy and people and presents and Christmas decorations

The More, The Merrier!

Signed,

Lori Claus

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!

From Sunflowers to Poinsettias

FMQ, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy, Christmas

Good Morning, Quilters!

Hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving!

And I hope the fridge is stocked with leftovers so you don’t have to cook tonight because I have a great project to kick off Christmas!

With just a little razzle dazzle,  The Sunflower Sampler becomes the Poinsettia Sampler!

(For those of you who haven’t been here in awhile, The Sunflower Sampler was our recent quilt-a-long.  You can find all the instructions for The Sunflower Sampler HERE.)

FMQ, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy, Christmas

Substitute the Poinsettia FMQ tutorial HERE for the Sunflower center.

Choose alternating curvy and linear motifs around the center to fill the background.  I used Spirals  and The Twist free motion quilting tutorial –and alternated the two motifs in sections around the poinsettia.

By using matching thread, the background recedes and allows the poinsettia to “pop”.

FMQ, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy, Christmas

For a simple border, I added wavy lines-one inch apart- and echo stitched each line for more emphasis.

When I finished  the border, I realized this would have been the perfect time to have used a Twin Needle–but we’ll save that lesson for another day–coming soon!

SEND YOUR PHOTOS–ONLINE QUILT SHOW

Please send photos of YOUR Sunflower, Poinsettia or other sampler for our online quilt show.  We will have a “People’s Choice Award” with prizes!

To enter send one photo per quilt–as many quilts as you like–to lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Please add “Sunflower Sampler” to the subject line so I don’t miss it–by December 5th.

We can’t wait to see what YOU create–AND you will have a great Christmas present ready to give!

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CYBER Monday  Sulky of America, Inc.

There are great deals today at Sulky of America, Inc. –stock up on my favorite threads for machine quilting–30 wt Rayon and 30 wt Cotton–in a HUGE assortment of colors.  I also love KK2000 Temporary Adhesive Spray for basting small items and for appliqué.

Stock up for yourself and for gifts–

We have lots more quilting all week!

And I can’t wait to show you a new project I’m working on…

Happy Stitching,

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!

 

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters, Crafters and Autumn-Lovers!

Several weeks ago, at a family party, we made more than 30 velvet pumpkins.  By putting our heads together, we tried several methods to refine our process.  I think you are going to love these gorgeous table decorations.  They pair well with quilts, make great gifts and are fun to make as a group project.

 

THE SUPPLY LIST

 

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Velvet-Look for velvet with good drape and rich color.  (Or for a different look, try wool?)

We used Silk-Rayon Velvet from Treadle Yard Goods in St. Paul, MN.  (Between $25-35/yard)  It is available online from several sources, if YOU have a source you recommend, please leave a link in today’s comments.

You will need a minimum of 1/4 yard–for small pumpkins, up to 2/3 yard for larger pumpkins.  Each piece of fabric will yield multiple pumpkins in a variety of sizes.

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Pumpkin Stems-Last year, after the first frost, we obtained two large bags of pumpkin stems from a local farmer’s field.  Once the pumpkins freeze, the stems are easy to remove.  Check out a local farmer or garden center and ask for their leftover pumpkins.  Also, save pumpkin tops, squash stems or use vines or twigs from your trees.  Be creative!

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

More Supplies

  • Rice-buy in bulk–it takes a lot!
  • Strong thread
  • Large hand-sewing needles
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun/glue
  • Marking pen
  • Variety of round plates, bowls, pizza pans

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

STEP BY STEP

Trace and cut out circles from the velvet.  Nine inch diameter minimum….

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Choose a strong thread…Hand quilting thread, buttonhole twist, or Sulky 12 wt cotton…

Double or triple the thread….If it breaks when you pull it to gather–you have to start over!

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a long running stitch 1/4 inch from the raw edge.  (Leave a long tail on the knot to pull later.)

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Pull both ends of the running stitch thread to gather the circle of fabric into a pouch.

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori KennedyFill with rice.  We found that filling the pumpkin quite full looked the best.Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Pull the ends of the running stitch as tight as possible and hand tie in a double knot.
Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the pumpkin closed.

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Choose a pumpkin stem.

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Add hot glue to the pumpkin stem.

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Invert the pumpkin onto the stem (this prevents the hot glue from dripping onto the velvet.)

That’s it!

You have a gorgeous pumpkin!!!

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Once you get started, you will want a rainbow of pumpkins!

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Then pair them with your favorite fall quilt!

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

NOTE-We tried inserting the stem into the pumpkin pouch before gathering and glueing…but we found this method easier and we liked how they looked better too!

The hardest part of these adorable pumpkins is finding the velvet and the stems…once you find a source for these-you can make these quickly and easily.

Have fun and send photos!

Happy Autumn!

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!