Lori Kennedy, a renowned free motion quilter is hosting a webinar on March 18th titled, Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt. The title says it all– push yourself past the meandering quilt motif and learn beautiful free motion quilt designs with Lori.
I had a chance to virtually “chat” with Lori about her life as a quilter and what she has planned for her free motion quilting webinar. Take the time to get to know Lori and then sign up to learn oh-so-many free motion quilting tips.
How did you start quilting?
“More than twenty years ago, I was put on bed rest while expecting twins. On the way home from the doctor’s appointment, I picked up the book, Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! and some fabric. That was the beginning of my quilting career. From that time onward, I have always had at least five quilts in various stages of progress in my sewing room.”
What is your favorite part of the quilting process?
“Buying the threads and fabric (of course), but free motion quilting is a close second. There is nothing I’d rather do than sit at my sewing machine and doodle with thread! I can spend hours and not even be aware that time has marched on. I love to see how the stitches can add texture and design to the flat quilt. I also love to play with different threads to create different effects.”
What style of quilting are you drawn to?
“I can not choose between modern and traditional quilting. I really love them both. When it comes to quilting, I suffer from the “Recency Principle”-whichever quilt I saw last is my favorite. Right now, I am drawn to the simple lines of modern quilting. It provides a great backdrop to free motion quilting!”
How did you master free motion quilting?
“I learned to free motion quilt by hours and hours of practice. I volunteered to quilt group quilts whenever I could, and I even bought a few quilt tops on Ebay to use as practice. I worked very hard to master traditional motifs like wreaths and feathers, and then one day I started quilting my doodles. Soon, I realized that quilted doodles added more personality to my quilts and were more fun for the recipient. I still love feathers, but they are only a small part of my free motion quilting repertoire.”
What do you hope quilters will glean from this free motion quilting webinar?
“The webinar combines my two hobbies, photography and quilting to encourage both the beginner and the more advanced quilter to become more confident free motion quilters. It seems that many quilters, while confident in their ability to create complex quilt tops, are afraid to learn free motion quilting. By breaking the process down into four separate skills, I think free motion quilting becomes more manageable. My goal is that all quilters look beyond “meandering” as a quilt motif and find other fun and easy quilt motifs to add joy and personality to their quilts.”
Doesn’t Lori sound amazing? This is just a snippet, though. Check out Lori’s blog where she shares everything from her photographs to her family life and, of course, her quilting adventures.
Next on your checklist: join us for her free motion quilting webinar on March 18th. With Lori as the presenter, it’s sure to be a hit!