Hugs and Kisses–A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to give you Hugs and Kisses!

This adorable motif is perfect for any quilt you are giving as a gift–Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Christmas…Send your love with your next quilt!

Begin by drawing two parallel lines–any distance apart–from very large to teeny tiny.  (In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the lower line.  Stitch an angled-line to the top line.

Echo stitch halfway back–to the center.

Stitch an angled line (up and left) to the top drawn line.

Echo stitch this line and then stitch across the middle to the bottom drawn line.

Echo stitch the bottom of the “x”

Then stitch under the “x” to begin the next motif.

Stitch over several stitches–so you are in the middle of where your “O” will be placed.

Stitch a full circle.

Then echo stitch the interior of the circle.

 

Exit underneath the “O” and stitch along the bottom line to begin the next “X”.

LOVE!!!

Hugs and Kisses from ME to YOU!!!

Lori

PS…Does anyone know…is the X a hug and the O the kiss?  How did this ever get started?

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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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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!