Doodling Leaves

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Get out your markers and let’s Dooooodle!

Today we are doodling leaves.

In Lessons One and Two we worked fast without effort to control the pen.  Last week, we worked on control with Circle Slow Down.  Today, we continue with slow doodling. 

SPACING AND SYMMETRY

Our focus this week is on spacing and symmetry.

I was asked this week if I marked the spacing between the Beginner Loops from Tuesday’s Tutorial.  

I do not.  Over time and with lots of doodling, I have developed a pretty good sense of spacing.

Another advantage to doodling–it helps you develop an “eye” for spacing the elements within your quilt.

LEAVES

Doodle sets of leaves with a stem.

Work on spacing the sets equidistant apart on the line.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyIt is difficult to make identical, mirror image leaves, but do your best.

Try for “sisters not twins”.

Play with the leaf shape to make other designs.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyTry a tapered leaf…

Doodle Lessons, LKennedy

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyAnd different shapes and sizes.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyUse these samples as a guide.  Look at them once, then see where your imagination takes your pen.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedy

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyPlay with sizes.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyThen add Messy Lines, Messy Circles and Circle Slow Down to make new designs.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyRemember…No Rules…Just have fun!

Doodle-a-Day,

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

New Ulm, New Friends and The Spring Sampler

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to present a workshop and lecture to The Prairie Piecemakers of New Ulm, Minnesota.  What a talented and fun group of ladies!

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedyAs you can see, we had a lot of fun…

But we also got a lot of work done.

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedyIt was great to see the different interpretations of The Spring Sampler with a variety of fabrics and threads.

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedy

The Prairie Piecemakers are a very busy guild with challenges, charity quilts, group projects and a BIG show every two years.  Their “Show and Tell” quilts were truly amazing-a wide variety of piecing and appliqué.

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedyI left New Ulm inspired.  I hope the ladies of New Ulm will be doing more free motion quilting…

I know I’ll be doing more piecing and  appliqué!

Thank you, New Ulm!  It was a lot of fun!

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

PS.  The Spring Sampler was stitched on Kona cotton with Sulky 30 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin on my BERNINA 820.  Warm and Natural cotton batting.

Beginner Loops- A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

First of all, I’d like to THANK YOU-all those who voted for The Inbox Jaunt as Best Overall Quilt Blog HERE and for all your very kind words of support.  I was delighted to hear that so many of you have found the blog and the tutorials helpful and inspiring!  Means my time and effort have been worthwhile.  Again, Thank you.

The top four blogs in each category move on–then we’ll have to vote again.  So stay tuned!

BEGINNER LOOPS FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

I would like to start by emphasizing–Quilting does not have to be complicated to be beautiful!

Simple patterns like Loops can be very pretty.  If you’re a beginner, find a motif that is easy for you to so ensure success.  AND don’t avoid free motion quilting because it looks complicated.  YOU can do this!

Today’s motif is a simple pattern.  Stitch it horizontally–it is just like writing the lower case letter “l” in cursive.

Draw two lines one inch apart.  Stitch simple loops. Stitch with the lines horizontally or vertically-which ever is easier.

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingStitch another row with the loops facing the opposite direction.  Isn’t this a beautiful motif?!  It would make a lovely border.

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingOr draw the first two lines 1 inch apart and add a third line 1/2 inch to the right.

Stitch the first set of loops and then interlock the second row of loops.

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingAdd echo stitching with a loop…Fabulous!

Beginners Loops, Free Motion Quilting

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingKeep it SIMPLE and YOU’ve got it made!

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

PPS.  This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 820 on Kona cotton with Sulky 30wt Rayon on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.