The Sweep–An Essential Quilt Doodle

Quilt Doodles

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

We’re back to doodling today with a doodle every machine quilter should know–The Sweep. 

The Sweep is the building block of a wide variety of motifs like Twisted Rope, Feathers, Braided Wheat and many more.  You use “The Sweep” any time you stitch from one line to another parallel line.  The key is to develop YOUR SIGNATURE “Sweep”.

The basic Sweep would look like this:

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But that is too mechanical looking…not pretty for quilting.  To achieve a prettier look–doodle, doodle, doodle–until you get your own Sweep.  This may take 1000 repetitions over several sessions.

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I prefer to practice this on lined paper and draw from the bottom toward the top–so I rotate the paper.

Start with the left to right Sweep.  Start on a line and “sweep” to another line as shown.

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Once you’re comfortable with the Right Sweep,

Try the Left Sweep.  (1000 times or until you get YOUR SWEEP!) 

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Once you can Sweep left and right, try bigger and bigger Sweeps.

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And then try “echo-doodling” back to the center line after each Sweep.

Now it’s starting to look like quilting!

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Be sure to practice Sweeping (not dusting or vacuuming) this week...we’ll be adding on next Thursday.

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Happy Quoodling,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use.  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!

Winner, Email, Magazines and More!

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Good Morning, Quilters!

It seems The Inbox Jaunt email system is working again–I’m not sure what happened and I don’t know how it got fixed…Thank you to all who sent messages about their email status-it really helped!

IF YOU ARE STILL NOT RECEIVING EMAILS-

It is very likely it is YOUR email server.  There are many reasons an email can be blocked… I found that my own email (Outlook) has been putting posts from The Inbox Jaunt straight into the trash–not even Junk Mail, where I might check for them–straight to trash.  I suggest you Google search blocked or trashed emails for your email server and follow the directions to unblock.

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WINNER OF ART QUILT COLLAGE

Last week we met Deborah Boschert and reviewed her new book, Art Quilt Collage-

To enter the giveaway, we all considered what our personal symbols might be…Feathers, trees, flowers, teacups, dogs, cats, coffee, waves….

Perhaps YOU could incorporate your symbol into your next quilt using Deborah’s techniques?!

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THE WINNER  is Rita Wesney!  Congratulations, Rita!  Please email your address to me (lckennedy@hotmail.com) and we will get the book out to you!

 If you would like YOUR own copy….you can get Art Quilt Collage is available HERE
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AMERICAN QUILTER MAGAZINE

Be sure to check out American Quilter Magazine on news stands now.  (or subscribe HERE)  American Quilter has a new editor, Ann Hammel–(Congratulations, Ann!)–and is even better than ever!  There are several quilt patterns, a great article about Kaffe Fassett (rhymes with Safe Asset), a pattern and article, Quilt Class Etiquette by the lovely, Kimberly Einmo and The Pumpkin and Oak Leaf border–step-by-step tutorial by yours truly.  

I’m sure YOU will be inspired!

VELVET PUMPKINS

We had a family craft project last weekend, making more than 25 velvet pumpkins.  We came up with a system and I’ll share a tutorial soon.

Try to  get your hands on some pumpkin stems-raid a local farm, ask at the farmers’ market or buy a pumpkin, gourd or squash and save the stems.  Let the stems dry out.   I will have the tutorial ready for Thanksgiving-so save your Halloween pumpkins and ask the neighbor for theirs…

Tomorrow we’ll be doodling an “Essential Doodle” and Friday–The Dog and Quilt Show!

Next week….an exciting addition to my sewing room!

Happy Quilting,

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.  This blog post contains affiliate links.  If you chose to purchase anything, (at no additional cost to you) I may receive a commission.  Thank you for supporting The Inbox Jaunt in this way!

The Sunflower Sampler Quilt-a-Long Begins Today!!!

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

For a little change of pace this month we are replacing our Motif Tuesday Tutorials with The Sunflower Sampler Quilt-a-Long!

The finished quilt shown here, is a quilt I stitched several years ago on a piece of hand-dyed fabric.  This will give you a general idea of what we are making, but some of our motifs will be different.  Furthermore, I will offer options for motifs along the way, so your quilt may look quite different.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

ROADMAP

This is the roadmap for where we will finish this week:

There are step-by-step photos of each part, so don’t worry–it’s child’s play!

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

BEGIN WITH A QUILT SANDWICH–ANY SIZE

How big you say?  Any size!  This projects works for any size quilt. I had a piece of orange fabric that  was 21 x 23 inches…so that’s where I started.

If you have a fat quarter–use that.  If your fabric is bigger–that’s fine too!  If you want to make a square–no problem.  If you need a quilt that is 40 x 40–you can do that too!

Make a quilt sandwich.

I used a light cotton batting and spray basted it with Sulky KK2000 Temporary Adhesive Spray  (Sulky’s KK 2000 is my new favorite basting spray–it’s odorless, ozone friendly and sprays more accurately than other adhesives.)

 

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

MARKING

Now you are ready to mark…

Draw a one inch border around the entire quilt.  Do not quilt past this line.   This will give us room for squaring and binding.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

I like to mark my quilts with chalk–it’s easy to see and easy to erase.  This is the Dritz Quilting Chalk Cartridge Set.  It comes with several colors and a sharpener.  (I usually use white.)

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Next, add a 1-1/2 inch border on the inside of the outer (no-quilt) line.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Align a long ruler from corner to corner and mark the diagonals.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Draw the horizontal center line of the quilt by drawing a line perpendicular to the sideline and through the center point of the quilt.  (To find a perpendicular line–place any line of the ruler over the drawn sideline.)

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

In the same way, draw the vertical center line.  Your quilt should now look like this:

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add “tick marks” along the horizontal axes–3 inches to the right of the center and 3 inches to the left of the center.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add tick marks along the vertical axis–4 inches above and 4  inches below the center point.

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Sketch in an oval using the tick marks…

This does not have to be perfect.   Once we add the Sunflower’s Petals–it won’t matter at all.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you are finished, your sandwich should look something like this:

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Now the fun begins…

The Quilting!!!  Can’t wait, can YOU???

Lots more quilting, doodling and The Dog and Quilt show this week.  Stay tuned!

SunnyFlower,
Lori

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