Good Morning, Quilters!
Today, we are going to learn how to machine quilt a turkey pattern and discuss a few tips for creating better quilting stitches.
Be sure to read to the end to see how YOU can receive FREE Tom the Turkey stationery!
Tom the Turkey
This tutorial was created for BERNINA’s We All Sew blog
Tom the Turkey tutorial includes a short video on BERNINA’s Facebook page HERE
Listen to the Speed for Even Stitches!
I’m stitching Mr. Tom on my beautiful BERNINA Q20 in manual mode-without the stitch regulator.
Note that I am not a fast quilter, but I try to keep a very even speed as I stitch.
When I get to Tom’s eye, I slow down for more careful stitching.
When you are learning to quilt even stitches, listen to your machine.
Keep the tempo even, then adjust your hands to the machine speed.
Slow down to stitch small details.
When stitching Tom, be sure to use heavy weight thread on top, but don’t use heavy weight thread in the bobbin! 50 wt thread is perfect in the bobbin.
This follows a general rule: to create a focus motifs-use heavy weight thread.
Use 50 wt thread in the bobbin. (I usually use Aurifil, 50 wt cotton).
When using heavy weight thread on top, you do NOT need to match thread weight in the bobbin. Medium weight thread lasts longer in the bobbin than a heavy weight. In addition, most machines stitch well with 50 wt thread in the bobbin because manufacturers calibrate the bobbins with 50 wt thread.
Read all about thread weight and see my handy Thread Weight Reference Chart HERE
Hostess Gifts Anyone?
(see my Mushroom towels HERE)
Wouldn’t a set of hand made towels make a perfect hostess gift for Thanksgiving?
Do YOU know what else makes perfect gifts? Quilting Books!
Even better with quilt motif inspired cards!
FREE Block Print Cards with TWO Book Purchase!
For a limited time only…(Until November 18, 2019) ….Receive four block print cards when you purchase any two books from my Etsy shop!
You will receive two (3-1/2 by 5 inch) Tom the Turkey cards, one Spool of Thread and one Vintage Scissor card as well as four envelopes when you purchase two books!
Buy one for YOU and one for a friend!!!
Four books? Eight cards!!
My quilting books include chapters with Skillbuilding, Doodling, Design as well as 60 motifs each!
Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 (THE Original Fun Filled Book–Leaves, Flowers, Patterns and More)
More Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 (Seasonal Motifs, Holiday patterns, and several sewing-inspired motifs like the scissor and spool of thread!)
Books edited by Karen Burns and Amelia Johnson which each include four of my designs!
The Countdown Begins!
The holidays are just weeks away!
Are YOU making any quilted gifts?
Do YOU host or travel for Thanksgiving?
Would YOU rather quilt or cook?
We’d LOVE to hear!
(I’d rather stitch a turkey than roast one!)
PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy Quilts and are intended for personal use only. Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to Lori Kennedy Quilts. For all other purposes, please contact me at Lori@LoriKennedyQuilts.com. Thanks!