Doodle Lessons?

Doodles

Happy Friday, Everyone!

It’s been a busy week here at The Inbox Jaunt–in fact it’s been a very busy month!

I’ve been working on a few very very exciting projects…one I will share next week…

The other needs a bit more tweaking before The Reveal…

You’ll be the first to know…As these projects are a direct result of YOU making recommendations, sharing The Inbox Jaunt, etc…

So let me take this opportunity to say “Thank YOU!”

Thank you for sharing, talking about The Inbox Jaunt, telling your guilds, writing letters to magazine editors, sharing ideas, re-blogging, tweeting and Pinning!  Thank you..

Doodles

FRIDAY’S BUSINESS

Let’s get to work on Open Line Friday.

Yesterday’s post, My First Doodle Quilt, generated a lot of questions about  the process of doodling.

Questions/Comments like:

  • What advice do you have for someone who can’t doodle or draw? (See below)
  • Do you worry about creating a continuous line while you’re doodling? (Not at first)
  • I bought a notebook, but I haven’t doodled anything yet…(Not possible in my mind…)

I’ve been contemplating this idea for a while and I think it’s time for:

DOODLE TOGETHER–DOODLE LESSONS

MY question is…Can you teach someone to doodle?

The answer…I don’t know…but I’d like to try!

Would you like to join me?

If so..

TODAY’S ASSIGNMENT

1)  Buy a 9 x 12 Sketchpad, a lined notebook, and a ream of inexpensive typing paper.

(I hate to tell people to buy anything…but sometimes a new notebook is just the right thing to kick off a new project!)

2)  Search out a variety of pens and pencils that you already own…(see how frugal I am!).   Look for Flairs, Sharpies, pencils, crayons, rollerballs, gel pens, even old make up pencils and my favorite, a fountain pen ( I LOVE to draw with my fountain pens!)

3) Start with the typing paper…Fill up five pages of typing paper–one side only–with doodles using all of your marking pens.  If you don’t have a “doodle”  just draw figure “8”s and circles.  If you’re musical, draw notes. Scribble.  Anything.  Just get the pens moving and decide which ones you like best.

  •   Which pens feel best in your hand?
  •   Which looks best on the paper?
  •   Which rolls smoothest across the paper?

I know this sounds a bit too basic, but just like having the right thread matters in quilting, having the right pen matters in doodling.

Doodles.LKennedy001THURSDAY IS DOODLING DAY

Starting next week we’ll have a “Doodle Together” assignment.

The long term goal is to turn our doodles into quilts.

So let’s collect a caboodle of pens and doodle some noodles!

Tootles,

Lori

PS…All doodles, tutorials and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Throwback Thursday-My First Doodle Quilt

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Good Morning, Quilters!

Today I would like to continue with Throwback Thursday (and #flowersinwinter–yes, it’s STILL winter in Minnesota.)

Nearly three years ago, I noticed my doodles were all converging on a scribbled circle flower.

I remember dropping whatever I was doing (probably dusting or exercising–something where I have a hair-trigger for distraction…) and dashing off to stitch the red quilt above.

I used whatever thread was in my machine.

I didn’t bother to iron the fabric.

I just had to see whether or not this idea would work on fabric.

I stitched very quickly–afraid the idea was fleeting…and this is the result.

It was very different from anything I had ever quilted before, but I realized I wanted to explore the concept more…

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I made this slightly more controlled version of the Lollipop Flower Quilt:

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Spiral.Lollipop.FMQ.LKennedy002Since then, I’ve quilted every doodle I find (sometimes mysteriously) on my calendar, napkins, notebooks, important bank documents…

I’ve even stitched my daughter’s doodles:  (See Nora’s Rose free motion quilt tutorial.)

QUILTING YOUR DOODLES

What about you?  Have you tried quilting YOUR doodles?  I’m pretty sure everyone has at least one doodle…

The trick is to stitch fast–that forces your left brain (critical thinking) to be quiet…

Make sure you ALWAYS have three or four quilt sandwiches at the ready for when inspiration strikes!

Even if it’s messy, it will still have PERSONALITY

Happy Doodling, Happy Stitching

Lori

You might also like The Spiral Lollipop tutorial

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, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

PPS…This quilt was stitched on a Bernina 150 using Aurifil cotton and Sulky Rayon.

Spring Hyacinth Vase Quilt

Hyacinth Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s breath of Spring air…The Hyacinth Free Motion Quilt tutorial!

While it is sunny here in Minnesota, the temperature is hovering around 27F and threatening snow!  I’m really tired of winter…

We’ll just pretend it doesn’t exist anymore…

and with Easter on the way, it’s easy to liven up the house with bright colors!

IMG_0296This bright “vase quilt” is stitched on pastel hand-dyed fabrics with Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin, on my Bernina 820 (domestic sewing machine) without a BSR.  I tried Tuscany Silk batting in this quilt…new for me.

IMG_0297I’m not sure I like the bright pink outline, but it certainly reflects the colors I was craving when I pieced it (a long time ago—see the Umbrella Quilt companion.)

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IMG_0305What are YOU doing to add a little color to YOUR life?

I’d love to hear—(as long as it’s not off-color, of course!)

You might also like:  The Open Umbrella FMQ tutorial and The Closed Umbrella FMQ Tutorial.

Thinking warm and colorful thoughts from Sunny Minnesota,

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, share or tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

The Hyacinth Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Hyacinth, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

It’s the fourth day of Spring, and snow is blanketing the gardens of Minnesota–dashing any thoughts of purple or pink hyacinths outside…

So, a Spring Quilt will have to do for present….

Today, a tutorial

Tomorrow, a vase quilt to share…

THE HYACINTH FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Hyacinth, Free Motion Quilting

This motif is a great border pattern and it can be easily altered to fill a square.

When first learning this motif, it may be helpful to draw a few lines to help establish the proportions.

Begin by drawing a rectangle, 2 inches tall by 1-1/2 inches wide.

Begin stitching in the middle of the bottom line.  Stitch a straight line, 3/4 of the distance to the top line.  Retrace the stitches back to the middle of the rectangle.

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Stitch three scallops on the right side, tapering to a point at the middle.

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Taper down to the left side, mirroring the scallops.

Hyacinth.FMQ.LKennedy006Stitch down the stem line, stopping a few stitches above the bottom line.  Begin the left leaf by stitching an angled line to the left border then stitch a small circle.

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To complete the leaf, stitch a wavy line tapering away from the circle and again tapering at the stem.
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Stitch the right leaf in the same way.  Stitch on the baseline to begin the next Hyacinth.Hyacinth.FMQ.LKennedy003

A row of Hyacinths would make a beautiful border on any quilt or table runner.

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When stitching the Hyacinth larger, add echo stitching for more fullness.
Hyacinth.FMQ.LKennedy001To fill a square, arrange the Hyacinths on a diagonal.

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#MeanderNoMore 

#Flowersinwinter…

#Spring

THE WEBINAR–THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE

If you signed up for last week’s Webinar and did not make the live event….the link will be sent to you shortly–thank you for your patience.  (If you did watch the Live event, you will also receive the link to watch as many times as you like…)

You can still sign up and receive the link in the next few days HERE:

Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence

THERE’S A LOT MORE QUILTING THIS WEEK!

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 820 (No BSR) with Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin.  Kona cotton and Warm and Natural cotton batting…

PPS…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 and share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Happy Dance

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Good Morning, Quilters!

This morning I am doing a Happy Dance…and I want to thank YOU!

I was delighted that so many of you were able to attend “Meander No More”-the Webinar.

We covered a lot of ground:  everything from machine set up to design tips and we talked about how to break free motion quilting into four separate skills.  

I hope you all bought your sketchbooks and are doodling already!

If you signed up, but weren’t able to make the Live event, you’ll receive a link next week, along with all the supplemental information.

Of course, you can still sign up and watch the recorded Webinar as many times as you like…

Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence

Again, thanks to FWMedia and Quiltmaker magazine for making the Webinar possible…

Happy Dancing,

Happy Stitching,

Lori

 

 

Spring is in the Air

Spring Bird with Umbrella, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Spring is in the air here in Minnesota!  (With occasional blasts from Old Man Winter…)

Soon the birds will return…a little rain…and then FLOWERS!  I am so looking forward to a garden flush with flowers!

In the meantime, I will enjoy the return of all the pretty birds.  Eastern Blue birds are my favorite!

Spring Bird with Umbrella, Free Motion QuiltingIn anticipation…a little quilt.

Spring Bird with Umbrella, Free Motion QuiltingThe white thread is Superior’s Magnifico-a 40wt tribal polyester with gorgeous sheen.

In the background, the matte finish, King Tut cotton…just for texture.

Spring Bird with Umbrella, Free Motion QuiltingI feel a little spring in my step these days…do you?

If so…fly on over to the Webinar…LIVE today..there’s still time…

If you can’t make it today, sign up anyway, and we’ll send the link within a week, along with the supplemental material.

All questions will be answered either during the Webinar or in writing…

Meander No More Live Webinar

Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence

Happy Spring Stitching!

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 share, pin, reblog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

The Sewing Machine–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

Top ‘o the Morning,  Quilters!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s a high-holiday at The Kennedy Residence…Corned beef, Irish soda bread…yum!  We might even raise a pint!  How do YOU celebrate the day?

I’ve already offered two Shamrock tutorials…The Spiral Shamrock and The Irish Chain…so I thought we’d continue on with our Sewing Room series.

We’ve stitched The Needle, The Pin Cushion, The Spool of Thread, and today…The Sewing Machine free motion quilt tutorial.

Sewing Machine Free Motion QuiltingBegin by drawing a 4 x 4 inch square–This is the outer border only, The Sewing Machine will easily fit in this square.

Draw a line 1-1/4 inch above the bottom line.  Add a “tick” mark to mark the center of the line.

Draw a small rectangle around the center mark–Approximately 1 inch by 1/2 inch.

Begin stitching several stitches to the left of the rectangle.

Stitch around the rectangle and stop at the line.

Sewing Machine Free Motion QuiltingStitch two legs of a triangle, then stitch up and then horizontally beyond the rectangle.

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Stitch down the right side,  then horizontally, then stitch up to close the shape.

Trace stitch down several stitches.

Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

Stitch to the left a few stitches then parallel to the base of the sewing machine.  Stitch up and then into the right side of the machine.  Stitch up several stitches.

Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

Stitching along the right side, add a slight box to create the hand wheel, then stitch a spool on top and a loop-de-loop to the top of the sewing machine.

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Stitch down to the needle, back up to the top and then down again.

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Add any embellishment you like or add the name of your sewing machine…(Do you name your sewing machines?)

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Stitch up the right side, then stitch two messy spirals.  Add a rectangle in the open space, or again, add a few words like “Love to sew.”

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Have fun with the embellishments, and don’t worry about the exact proportions—Your sewing machine will look great–a little personality is better than perfection in a motif like this.

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Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

Hmm…Sewing a sewing machine with our sewing machine…Is that like taking a photo of someone taking a photo?

Is there a name for it?….Perhaps WE should coin one…Any suggestions?

Happy stitching your sewing!

Lori

PS…Tomorrow’s THE WEBINAR!  So excited!  So many of you have signed up!  It’s going to be FUN!  Perhaps you should have your doodle pads and a few quilt sandwiches ready…just in case you’re inspired to sew the rest of the afternoon!

Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence

PPS…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 share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Do YOU Save Buttons?

Van-Gogh-Re-Visited_1Happy Monday, Quilters!

I don’t know a single quilter who doesn’t have a button collection.

Perhaps we should all take a short break from quilting and cross-train on Button Art!?

Homage-to-Da-Vinci-Mona-LisaToday…a little inspiration from the amazing UK artist, Jane Perkins.  Ms. Perkins describes herself as a trained textile artist, who now primarily works with plastic.

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Einstein, Jane Perkins, Button ArtButton Art–Brilliant!

To read more about Jane Perkins, check out her website, Blue Bowerbird.

And don’t forget…the Webinar is Wednesday!

Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence

Happy Stitching  Gluing!

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 share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt. For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!