Adding On: Circle Doodles

Adding on to Circle Doodles

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers! Last week we doodled circles of different sizes and we filled the inside of the circles.  See Staggered Circles HERE This week we will start with Staggered Circles again, but let’s leave the center blank … Continue reading

How to Quilt a Guitar Motif

Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Today’s tutorial, How to Quilt a Guitar Motif, is one YOU requested. I am working on creating continuous line designs for motif requests from readers.  Please let me know if there is a motif YOU would like to see.  No promises, but I will try.

Today we are stitching a Guitar. In this pattern, we are striving for a hand-drawn look.  If your motifs aren’t perfect–(mine are not either!)–don’t worry!

If you stitch the essence of a guitar, everyone will read it as a guitar!

Let’s get strumming…

THE GUITAR MOTIF–A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching a bean shape.
Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

Near the center, stitch a clockwise circle.Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

 

Stitch around the “sound hole” twice, ending on the right side of the guitar.Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

Close the base of the guitar and closely echo stitch the left side, stopping below the level of the sound hole.

Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a horizontal line and echo stitch back-to create the bridge of the guitar.  Then stitch a long vertical line with a rectangle on top.

Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy  

To create the strings, stitch several closely spaced lines from the head of the guitar (the rectangle) to the bridge.

Stop several stitches above the body of the guitar.

Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch the body of the guitar.  Stitch a wide margin on one side to give the guitar dimension…and a narrow echo stitch on the other.  Closely echo stitch the neck and head of the guitar.
Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

To use the motif as a fill, echo stitch to any place along the guitar to begin another instrument.

Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

Machine Quilter Guitar Motif, Lori Kennedy

This motif is not a “quick and easy” motif-however, with a little doodling it is a great way to add personality to your quilt. A little goes a long way. You don’t need to fill an entire quilt with a guitar motif.  Use this motif to fill a central square or a corner block where it will get the most visibility.

What about YOU?

Are YOU musical?

Do YOU play the guitar or any other instrument?

Do YOU have a motif you would like to learn?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Tomorrow–BIG CHANGES in my Sewing Studio!!!

May YOUR stitches be musical,

Lori Yamaha

PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

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!

 

 

 

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