Doodling–Adding to “The Sweep”

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Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Today we are continuing with “The Sweep” and adding on…

This may seem like a silly doodle–but it is one of the most important doodles in machine quilting.  It is an “Essential Doodle” Read more HERE.

Don’t short change this doodle–100 or 1000s of times is not too many.  Remember 1000 times will only take a few TV shows…

Quilt Doodles

Once you have the right and left “Sweep” down–that is, you are fairly comfortable with the motion…

Echo-doodle back to the center line.  Do this exercise for both the right and the left sweep.

Fill pages and pages in your notebook.

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Then connect the left Sweep by traveling up the center line between each Sweep.

See if you can develop a little rhythm.

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Next, doodle a few pages of the right Sweep, connecting between each one.

As you do this, you may find that one side is more natural than the other…(I can look at my samples and tell.)  Don’t fret–this is normal.  Just work on getting a nice smooth line and again, try to find a comfortable rhythm.

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Finally,  combine right and left Sweeps to make this gorgeous leaf pattern.

Wouldn’t this be a pretty border?

Add it to a piece of stationery–lovely!

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Once you are really comfortable…stitch it!

Even The Basic Leaf contains a variation of the Sweep.

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Remember–the fastest way to improve your machine quilting is through doodling!

Happy Quoodling,


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