The Coal Car-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

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BACK TO WORK…

THE COAL CAR-MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Last week we started stitching The Circus Train, an adorable border motif.

Begin by drawing two lines–3 inches apart.  Add a line 3/4 inch above the lower line.

Begin stitching between the two lower lines.  Stitch a Silly Spiral to create a wheel.  Stop stitching on the right side of the first “wheel”.

Stitch over several stitches and begin another Silly Spiral Wheel. Again, end on the right side of the “wheel”.

Travel from right to left over the top of the first spiral Stitch over one to two stitches then over the top of the first wheel–to the front of the Coal Car. Stitch up and at an angle to create the front of the car.  Add a little jog and stitch a horizontal line. Stitch a long horizontal line–stitching past the right wheel.  Stitch back to the left,, stopping just before the left edge of the Coal Car. Now is the fun part….

Add a decorative element like a deep zig zag.

Complete the decorative element, then finish the right side to complete the Coal Car.

Stitch to begin the next Coal Car.

Have fun coming up with a variety of decorative elements….

Wouldn’t it be fun to add pretty packages or animals in the cars?

Don’t worry about perfection—just have fun decorating the cars.

And of course, doodle first!!

Chugga,  chugga, Choo-Choo!!!

Signed,

Conductor Lori

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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!