Style vs. Personality–Open Line Friday

Bird, FMQ, Tutorial, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Last week, in my post, Inspired! I wrote about my early days quilting traditional feathers, stippling and grids. A few people protested when I said it lacked personality…

Classic Feathers

It is definitely a style:  Traditional.

But it doesn’t have personality–

Or is it more correct to say   “It doesn’t reflect my personality”?

What is the difference between style and personality?  Can one have a quilting style without personality?

Perhaps it is just a matter of adding a few personal touches to traditional quilting motifs–like tucking a bird in among the feathers…or adding spirals around the grid?

Does quilting personality matter to YOU?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Little Bird machine quilting

A BITTERSWEET JAUNT

We are off on a long car drive…

Hint tomorrow on Fine Art Saturday.

May YOUR stitches be filled with JOY and PERSONALITY!

Lori

PS…Tutorial for (Baby Bird  HERE)  (Blue bird–top photo)

Currently, there is not a tutorial for the purple bird above–is anyone interested?

 

A Quick Doodle Challenge

Doodles, Flowers

Good Morning, Quilters!

A quick review of a doodle challenge we first tried almost two years ago….

Glue a piece of your favorite fabric onto a sheet of paper.

Use the lines as inspiration and create your own design.  Continue some of the lines, echo other lines and mirror image some of the shapes.

This is a fun way to get your pen moving and enjoy your fabric scraps.

Work quickly–in other words, don’t think too much. Work intuitively.

If you have time, try a second fabric or stitch your design.

Better Quilting Through Doodling!

 

Happy Doodling!

Fare the well, fare the well…

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!

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A Backward Glance-A Style Shift

 

Welsh Leaf, Free Motion Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

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A BACKWARD GLANCE

Last week I wrote about Diane Gaudynski and how her work inspired me to begin machine quilting--read more HERE.

I learned precision feathers, stippling and grid work and copied her style to the extent that I could.

Then I saw a Welsh quilt in a magazine…

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial, The Welsh Leaf

WELSH QUILTING

The Welsh hand quilting tradition dates between 1850-1930.  Most of the quilters were widows of men who died in the coal mines.  They were amazingly creative, but perfection was not important.

Read more about Welsh Quilting HERE

and be sure to watch Jen Jones describe the history of the quilts HERE.

Her perspective on perfection and quilting is very interesting!
Free Motion Quilting Tutorial, The Welsh Leaf

SHIFTING STYLE and a NEW MOTTO

Once I allowed myself to let go of perfection in machine quilting, I began to have more fun.  The way I worked changed-less time marking and more time stitching.   I allowed myself to doodle on the fabric. Even if the motifs weren’t perfect–they were fun to look at (well, some were…)

Remember my motto:  If YOU have fun while you are quilting, that JOY will be reflected in your quilts!

Try The Welsh Leaf motif HERE

ON COPYING A STYLE

When you first delve into machine quilting, it is necessary to copy a style-that is how you learn.  As you quilt more, YOUR style will evolve. YOU will find a way to work that suits your personality, equipment, and work choices–embrace it!

What about YOU?  Have you noticed a shift in YOUR quilting style?

Have YOU changed how you work over the past five years?

Are there some styles of quilting you have eliminated or embraced?

We’d LOVE to hear!

The Happy Quilter,

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!

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