Today’s Topic: Start Quilting Today!
Welcome to Week 2 of our 2021 Quilt-a-Long, Even Better Machine Quilting
This FREE multi-week tutorial is based on my books available in my Etsy shop: LoriKennedyShop
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Find the 2021 QAL links HERE
Find the 2020 (25 Week) QAL links HERE
Good Morning, Quilters!
Welcome to the second week of our 2021 Machine Quilt-a-long! I have updated my home page to include both the 2020 and the 2021 quilt-a-longs. (See photo above)
When you are on the Home page of Lori Kennedy Quilts, you will notice the top navigation bar…
QAL. ABOUT. SHOP. etc…
If you click on the arrow next to QAL, there is a drop down menu where you will find both the 2020 and the 2021 quilt a longs. I will update the 2021 page regularly, though not daily. (You still have access to the lessons by scrolling through the latest blog posts.)
Also note the “Search” function in the top right corner. This is a great way to find info on my site.
Start Quilting Today!
So far, we have:
and started doodling.
Now it’s time to start quilting!
Create a Day One Quilt
It’s really important to chart your progress by creating a “Day One Quilt”. I absolutely guarantee, if you do the quilting lessons over the next several weeks, your machine quilting skill will improve!
To prove that to yourself, you need to have the “Day One Quilt.”
Use one of your quick quilt sandwiches and any thread.
Fill the quilt with free motion quilting. (Leave a two inch margin around the edges.)
Don’t think, just quilt!
Quilt scallops from the doodle exercise and quilt YOUR doodles.
When you can’t think of what to quilt, stitch wavy lines–just fill the quilt.
Complete the project by free motion quilting your name and date.
Bring Up the Bobbin Thread
In order to prevent thread jams, it’s really important to bring the bobbin thread to the top of the quilt before you begin quilting.
- Hold the top thread taut, while you lower the presser foot.
- Keep the top thread taut, and lower the needle
- Raise the needle
- Tug the top thread
- Pull the bobbin loop until you find the end of bobbin thread
- Hold both the top and bobbin thread as you begin to stitch.
Start Quilting Today
The best way to learn to quilt is to quilt!
Review your quilting–don’t judge it!
Don’t compare YOUR work to other quilters. From now on, compare all of your work to The Day One Quilt.
We are on our way!
May YOUR day be filled with happy quilting!
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