Looking Back-Open Line Friday

Good Morning, Quilters!

January means cleaning, organizing, new calendars and planning.

First, a moment to look back…

2015 in Review

2015 was a very exciting year for me.

Henry, our first grandchild, was born!  The photo says it all!FullSizeRenderI became a BERNINA Ambassador and started writing posts for We All Sew: We All Sew-Snowman Quilt and Scissors pin cushion tutorialScissors, Free Motion Quilting, KennedyI had a great time writing and filming a Craftsy video. Divide and Conquer:  Creative QuiltingLori Kennedy CraftsyIn April, I represented Sulky at Quilt Market in Minneapolis…would love to do that again–(Hint, Hint…)Sulky Thread, Free Motion QuiltingIn addition, I overcame my fear of public speaking with several speaking engagements and guild lectures;  I was interviewed by Pat Sloan in a podcast and created an  F/W Media Webinar:  Meander no More.

I did a lot of writing too–here at The Inbox Jaunt where we reached 2 million views and in every issue of American Quilter Magazine.

AQ Magazine, LKennedy

All of this was the direct result of YOU– getting the word out about our FMQ community and YOUR notes to companies like Craftsy and BERNINA.  Thank YOU!  None of this would have happened without your support, encouragement and active engagement here at The Inbox Jaunt.!

(of course there’s an even longer list of things that didn’t get done–THE Book was put on hold, most of the quilts I planned to complete, 10,000 steps/day….That’s what 2016 is for, right?….We’ll look forward on next Open Line Friday…)

WHAT WERE YOUR BEST/MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF 2015?

What were YOUR big moments in 2015?

Any babies? Grand babies? Weddings?  Career accomplishments?  Goals achieved? Fears overcome?  Boundaries hurdled?  Events endured? Mountains scaled?

Please SHARE!

We’d LOVE to hear!

When you leave your comment, please consider telling us where you live.

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!

 

 

 

 

Random vs. Structured Doodling

Echo Doodling, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning Afternoon, Quilters! (I’m off to a late-start!)

We are back to Doodle Lessons!

RANDOM VS. STRUCTURED DOODLING

As you know, I am an inveterate doodler.  Most of my doodles are random scribbles, but every night I sit down for awhile and work on more structured doodling–that is, I have a plan–something I’m trying to work out, like a new motif or a new whole cloth quilt design.  Both types of doodling are necessary.  Random scribbles help create a flowing hand movement and develop a signature style.  YOUR doodles are YOUR signature! No two people will have the same style.

Structured doodles help you plan your quilts.  When doing structured doodles, you might have a quilt shape like a triangle or a rectangle that you are trying to find the right motif to fit into it. Or, you are trying to determine the proportions of a motif that will fit into your quilt.  Use structured doodling to figure out the best way to travel from one motif to another within a quilt block or between quilt blocks.

It’s all still doodling, but there’s a plan.

Echo Doodling, Lori Kennedy

ECHO DOODLING 

The photos today of how I might practice echo quilting an appliqué block.

Start by closely echo stitching the main motif.  Echo stitching causes the appliqué to “pop”.  Echo stitch around the central motif several times until you “bump into” another shape.

 

Echo Doodling, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch around the next motif several times until you “bump into” another motif.

Echo Doodling, Lori Kennedy

Occasionally you will get caught in a corner…use your doodling to figure out a way to travel or plan to knot off there and begin in a new area of the quilt.

Echo Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Try this with a few small doodles and then try it with a larger square…

And of course…

Stitch one of your favorites!

Remember our motto:  “Better Quilting through Doodling!”

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!

Does a Clean Sewing Room Improve Creativity?

LoriKennedy, FMQGood Morning, Quilters!

One of my tasks this past November and December was to clear out the stacks of practice pieces, tutorials, and unfinished quilts that clutter my sewing room.  (Make room for the NEW!)Quilt Practice SandwichesI chose several to use as the starting point for “Doodle Quilts”.

This quilt began as a test fabric–a quilt sandwich I leave by sewing machine to test new motifs, threads and my sewing machine tension.LoriKennedy, FMQIt’s not perfect…some tension issues here and there…LoriKennedy, FMQHowever, now that it’s finished and bound…I can use it

It’s so much better than collecting dust on my sewing room floor!LoriKennedy, FMQI have lots more where these came from…if anyone is interested in a few to jump-start their own Doodle Quilt–contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.

Two things that improve creativity:  a clean space and a “jump-start” new supply…(I’m not trying to clutter YOUR space…!)

More-cleaning-to-go,

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!