A Backward Glance-A Style Shift


Welsh Leaf, Free Motion Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

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Last week I wrote about Diane Gaudynski and how her work inspired me to begin machine quilting--read more HERE.

I learned precision feathers, stippling and grid work and copied her style to the extent that I could.

Then I saw a Welsh quilt in a magazine…

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial, The Welsh Leaf


The Welsh hand quilting tradition dates between 1850-1930.  Most of the quilters were widows of men who died in the coal mines.  They were amazingly creative, but perfection was not important.

Read more about Welsh Quilting HERE

and be sure to watch Jen Jones describe the history of the quilts HERE.

Her perspective on perfection and quilting is very interesting!
Free Motion Quilting Tutorial, The Welsh Leaf


Once I allowed myself to let go of perfection in machine quilting, I began to have more fun.  The way I worked changed-less time marking and more time stitching.   I allowed myself to doodle on the fabric. Even if the motifs weren’t perfect–they were fun to look at (well, some were…)

Remember my motto:  If YOU have fun while you are quilting, that JOY will be reflected in your quilts!

Try The Welsh Leaf motif HERE


When you first delve into machine quilting, it is necessary to copy a style-that is how you learn.  As you quilt more, YOUR style will evolve. YOU will find a way to work that suits your personality, equipment, and work choices–embrace it!

What about YOU?  Have you noticed a shift in YOUR quilting style?

Have YOU changed how you work over the past five years?

Are there some styles of quilting you have eliminated or embraced?

We’d LOVE to hear!

The Happy Quilter,


PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use.  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!

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