Odd and Even Doodles

Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

I trust you are all Doodlers by now?!

Doodling is the fastest way to improve your skill at machine quilting!

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ODD AND EVEN DOODLING

One of the main goals of machine quilters is to create continuous line designs.  

Continuous line designs allow the quilter to stitch with minimal stops and starts–minimal knotting.

One trick that helps is Even and Odd Traveling

Whenever you want to continue traveling in one direction across the fabric–use an odd number of “passes”.

For example, when stitching petals (see photo below)  Stitch a scallop from left to right,  SWITCH–echo stitch from right to left, SWITCH–echo stitch back from left to right-This is three total passes-and will allow you to continuously stitch from left to right.

Any odd number–one pass, three passes, five passes–will allow you to continue moving in the same direction.

On the other hand…

An even number of passes will bring you back to the beginning of the motif –or the center.

Doodles, Lori Kennedy

For Nora’s Rose

Stitch the stem with center curling to the right  and two more passes–three total—add a leaf on the right.

If you want to add a leaf on the left–add another pass–four passes.

Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Think about this concept when you are doodling–then it will come naturally when stitching.

 

Doodles, Lori Kennedy

This is a little hard to explain.

Try doodling it first, then let me know if it makes sense–otherwise I will take another stab at it.

Happy Doodling!

Lori

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From Sea to Shining Sea!

USA QuiltGood Morning, Quilters!

My daughters have been fighting over who gets the USA quilt – my 2014 Fourth of July Quilt.

To avoid family strife, I decided to make a second one…

So much better than “cutting the baby in half”!

Free motion quilting, flag and USA Map

MACHINE QUILTING THE USA QUILT

This is a quick and easy quilt–you can have it finished in one afternoon!

Start with a fat quarter quilt sandwich-this piece was 21 x 16 inches–anything close will work.

Draw  a one inch border (leaving a good margin for trimming and binding)

Stitch the outer border using The Easy Greek Key machine quilting motif.

Add the silhouette of the USA (or YOUR country’s outline)

Double stitch around the outline.

Add horizontal lines-one inch spacing.

Stitch with a wavy line and add stars.

Perfect!

Beautiful spacious skies!!!
USA Quilt

CRAFTSY:  DOODLE TO DESIGN

If you purchased my second class, Doodle to Design: Creative Machine Quilting–the USA silhouette is provided in the class materials!

Take advantage of the 50% off link HERE

The class has received all 5 star reviews like this one from Quilt4Fun:–

Craftsy Review of Lori Kennedy

(Thank you to Quilt4Fun and all of YOU who have taken the time to write a review–it can really make a difference!)

USA Quilt

You’ll have this stitched so fast…

You might just want to make two right away!

….and crown thy good………

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!

 

 

 

 

The Square Daisy-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Happy Morning, Quilters!

How does YOUR garden grow?  The daisies in my garden are just about to shine!

I LOVE daisies!

Today’s machine quilted daisy –perfect for any square block–is a variation of The Basic Block we learned last Tuesday– The Square Daisy is even easier to stitch!

Begin the motif in the corner, add a little spiral in the center (where many seams intersect) and add petals along the diagonal and straight divisions of the block–a perfect way to stabilize a block AND make it as pretty as a daisy!

THE SQUARE DAISY-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

If necessary, draw diagonal lines across the block.  If the block has seam lines, this may not be required.

Begin stitching in the upper left corner.  Stitch a convex line ending before the center of the block.  Add a Spiral in the center of the block  (A full circle would work as well.)

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add a pointed petal along the vertical axis of the block.

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue working clockwise around the block, adding pointed petals:

Add another pointed petal along the diagonal axis and the horizontal axis.

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue around the block…

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Complete the half petal from the first step, then stitch all the way around the block…

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Or stitch 3/4 around the first block to begin the next block.

(Finish stitch the left side of the blocks after all the blocks in a row are complete.)

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

He loves me…He loves me not…He loves me…

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

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Boundless Orange Fabric

What could be prettier (or easier) than a row of daisies!

Next Tuesday–another Square Block variation!

Happy Doodle-Stitch-Garden!

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!