Mr. Nutcracker-A Christmas Whole Cloth Quilt

Mr. Nutcracker, FMQ, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

I would like to say that I finished a Christmas project early….

Unfortunately, YOU all know this was last year’s project…

Mr. Nutcracker, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

I really had fun stitching this whole cloth quilt.

I tried my hand at a little Ruler Work…(A new challenge for me) and then I went back to my “happy place”–free motion quilting.

My challenge was to include a wide variety of motifs (How many do YOU recognize?) to embellish the nutcracker and then layer in textured motifs like Grid Pop.

Mr. Nutcracker, FMQ, Lori Kennedy I used several different threads:  Fine weight threads to create texture, heavier threads (28wt Aurfil cotton) for the white focus motifs, and a sprinkle of metallic thread for sparkle.

Mr. Nutcracker, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Mr. Nutcracker, FMQ, Lori KennedyBuilding Blocks to fill in the background.Mr. Nutcracker, FMQ, Lori KennedyAnd then I agonized over the binding…

My next challenge is to create a second Nutcracker to hang by his side and guard my front door…or stitch a huge Christmas tree to hang in between…

Coming soon….well…2018?

What about YOU?

Have YOU started YOUR Christmas projects?  What are you working on?

It’s never too early!

We’d LOVE to hear!

Merry Stitching!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy @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!

 

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What’s For Lunch? Open Line Friday

 

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters, Health Nuts, and Fitness Pros!

What’s for Lunch, Mama Bird?

We all love to go those all day guild workshops where you learn a new technique, bond with other quilters, talk a lot, laugh a lot and…

EAT A LOT!

Let’s face it–potluck lunches are the best!

(worst for the diet….)

On top of that-it’s Barbecue Season…Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July.

Every sunny weekend will bring a new food challenge.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Many diet experts recommend having a plan for these situations including bringing your own “safe food” to share.

Today…let’s talk about strategies and recipes…

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Do YOU have a favorite healthy recipe or strategy when attending the food banquets of summer?

Please include links.

Here’s a link for EmilyBites–a great resource for light recipes.–Thank you, Karen for sharing this link earlier this week!

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

PS…”What’s for Lunch Mama Bird” quilt was stitched with Sulky 30 wt Rayon in white and Sulky 40 wt Rayon in blue-with Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin on my BERNINA 770QE–LOVE!

PPS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy @ 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 uses, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

Machine Quilt-a-Long: Adding Scallops

 

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I want to thank all of YOU for your well wishes and all of you who purchased Creative Quilting:  From Doodle to Design!

I think we may have hit the record for first day enrollments!??

Don’t forget, I will be offering a 50% discount all week!

Doodle to Design, Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

There is so much jammed in to the two-hour class–

You get to keep the class forever-and if you need to review, you can use the thirty-second repeat button

My kids would just LOVE that…they could hear me repeat myself with the click of a button!!

(Shoot–there’s a mute button, too!)

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

QUILT-A-LONG REVIEW

Welcome to Week Three of our Mystery Nautical Quilt-a-Long-

We could call it “Machine Quilting Success in Fifteen Minutes a Day”–Because YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL with this easy project!–You will finish with an adorable quilted sampler to use in your sewing room or to give as a gift.  (Mine is a baby gift-to be personalized with the baby’s name and birthdate.)

Week One-Quilt Sandwich

Week Two-Mark the Horizontal Composition, Stitch the outlines.  Stitch Rows 1 and 14.

We also doodled to get a head start for this week.

WEEK  THREE SCALLOPS

This week we will stitch Rows 6 and 10.

Stitch row 6 with upside down scallops.

Stitch very shallow scallops from left to right all the way across the row.

DEVELOPING YOUR SENSE OF SPACING

I stitched 9 scallops across, but you should stitch scallops that are comfortable to you.   I don’t recommend marking…(for me it takes the joy out of quilting.)  Instead, work on developing your sense of spacing…  

As you get close to the edge, (about three scallops away) use your finger to determine the spacing–In other words, use your finger like a pencil to trace the imaginary stitching line for the last three scallops…if they don’t fit, try again, making them a bit smaller…if they really don’t fit-maybe there is only room for two?…

It’s okay if it isn’t perfect (for this project at least)…we are aiming for a hand drawn look–not pantograph perfection!

Finish stitching the last three scallops.

Without breaking your thread, stitch back from right to left with deeper scallops.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

ROW TEN:   SCALLOPS

For Row Ten, stitch right side up scallops.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

If you doodle a variation that you like, stitch that instead.

Scallop Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

 

Your Nautical Sampler should look something like this:

 

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Perfectly Imperfect!

Not to sound too philosophical–but isn’t that just like all of us?  Works in progress–perfectly imperfect!??

May YOUR stitches be happy!

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!