Echo Doodling

 

Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

It’s time to pour yourself a cup of tea and join me for a little morning (doodle) exercise.

Today’s lesson:  Echo Doodling…just like Echo Quilting!

Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Begin by drawing a square or rectangle to contain a shape…

Then add a simple shape.  Draw anything from a triangle to a flower.

Next, echo all the way around the shape.

To fill the entire square, start in one area and echo the shape all the way to the edge.  Move to the next section and fill that area all the way to the edge.Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Continue in this way to fill the space.

If there are any trapped areas (like the space between the leaf and the lower flower petals, go back and fill them in as well.Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Try another shape, perhaps a small cottage…Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

After echo stitching several times, add another element to fill to the edges.Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Try an oak leaf…Doodle Lessons, Echoing, Kennedy

Doodle Lessons, Echoing, KennedyOr a pumpkin…Doodle Lessons, Echoing, KennedyEverything looks better with echo doodling!

Just like everything looks better with echo quilting!

Doodle Lessons, Echoing, KennedyRemember, if you can’t doodle it, you can’t quilt it!

Give this a try on paper, then choose one of your designs to quilt this week.

Next time, we’ll look at how to echo stitch when there are several shapes within one square–it’s a little trickier!

Happy  STITCHINGStitching…Stitching...stitching…!

(That’s my (weak) attempt at written echoing.)

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

 

 

String of Beads-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

String of Beads, FMQ, KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Today is Tutorial Day–and if it keeps raining here in Minnesota–it’s going to be a marathon quilting day, too!  (I’m not complaining about the rain–it could be SNOW!)

Did you know that Christmas is just 38 days away? 

If you’re making any Christmas quilts, this is a great festoon to add to YOUR quilts!

THE STRING OF BEADS FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIALString of Beads, FMQ, KennedyBegin by drawing two parallel lines. In the sample below, the lines are 1 inch apart.

Begin stitching on the bottom of the row, between the two lines. (You will be stitching from the bottom toward the top of the quilt.)

Stitch a full circle and stop.String of Beads, FMQ, KennedyStitch a slight oval shape within the circle.  Avoid stitching over any previous line of stitching to prevent thread build up.String of Beads, FMQ, KennedyStitch through the middle of the bead…String of Beads, FMQ, Kennedy

Add a small circle on top. (Make 1-1/2 revolutions to begin the next motif.)String of Beads, FMQ, Kennedy

Once you master the basic bead, try changing the shape…String of Beads, FMQ, Kennedy

String of Beads, FMQ, Kennedy

The String of Beads would make a great border in any quilt–it doesn’t have to be for Christmas!

And you don’t have to follow a straight line…

Hope this one makes it to YOUR next quilt!

Happy Beading!

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