Collect YOUR Motifs! Doodle Thursday

Doodle Cards, Lori Kennedy, Free Motion Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers, and Zentanglers!

Have you ever sat down at your sewing machine and been at a loss for what motif to quilt?

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In my new Craftsy class, Machine Quilting Techniques:  From Doodle to Design, I recommend that you follow along with pen in hand to practice the motifs while I draw them and again when I stitch them.  Once you are confident with doodling the motif, use a white gel pen to doodle the motif onto colored card stock (available at most craft stores).

Doodle Cards, Lori Kennedy, Free Motion Quilting

By placing notecards in a ring, you can shuffle through them, and choose a few at a time to get started with the design process.

Add more cards as you master more motifs.

Doodle Cards, Lori Kennedy, Free Motion Quilting

And of course….YOU know where to find lots of motifs!

Please post photos of YOUR notecards on Facebook (and tag The Inbox Jaunt), on Instagram #quiltwithlori    #EasyFMQ  @theinboxjaunt and on the Craftsy platform—your fellow students would LOOOOVE to see them—and so would I!

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 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 Mystery Quilt-a-Long-Waves of Progress

Lori Kennedy, FMQ

Good Morning, Quilters!

Our Mystery Quilt-a-Long Continues….and is really taking shape this week!

How are your quilts coming along?  Please post your photos to Instagram  #mysteryQAL @theinboxjaunt.

Also, if you’ve signed up for either of my Craftsy classes, Divide and Conquer  or the new class, Doodle to Design, you can post your photos on the class platform as well!  We would all love to see them!

By the way…here’s what they are saying about Doodle to Design:  

I really enjoyed this class. Even though I have been doing free-motion quilting for a few years now, I learned many new motifs and some good techniques I didn’t know before. Lori explains the designs clearly and shows how to draw them and how to sew them. Excellent class!

Thank you, Cynthia–and all of you who have written reviews!

STITCHING FOUR ROWS THIS WEEK

Last Tuesday, we stitched Rows 6 and 10 HERE

This week we will be stitching Rows 3, 5, 12 and 13.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Rows 3 and 13:

Add three wavy lines to fill the space.  Stitch whatever wave comes naturally to you…it might be seven waves like mine, or it might be larger or smaller–we all have a natural movement pattern which determines our natural wave size.  Whichever size is natural to YOU will be YOUR smoothest and easiest stitching line.  (It has to do with the size of your hands, the length of your arms, how flexible you are, etc.)

Stitch the first line, then echo stitch two more lines, tying off after stitching all three lines.

Use my Flourish or Curlicue Knot to begin and end the stitching.

Stitching Direction

On a small quilt that is easy to turn in any direction, you can stitch from left to right or from top to bottom.  Try both ways and see what you like best…Thinking about these things and trying both will make you a better quilter! 

You won’t always have the luxury of being able to rotate the quilt easily, but when you do have the choice, make the most of it!

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

For Rows 5 and 12:

For Rows 5 and 12–Wavy lines with optional circles.

Stitch the first two rows of wavy lines.  As you stitch the third row, add a full circle to at the high point of each wave.

If you aren’t ready for circles, just stitch a plain, wavy line again–it will still look great!

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

That’s it for this week!

EASY!

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Remember to DOODLE FIRST!

Doodling makes all of your quilting better--and helps you find YOUR natural movement pattern!

Can’t wait to see what YOU create!  Post photos!

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!

Doodle to Design on Craftsy

Another Art Heist!

Andy Warhol, Soup Cans, Lori Kennedy Designs

Good Morning, Quilters, Art Lovers, and Grilled Cheese Aficionados!

This just in!

The Pop Art Community was stunned last week when seven of Andy Warhol’s iconic soup cans were stolen from a Missouri museum.  (No guards on duty at night!)  Read more at NBC News.

Did you know that stealing art is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world today-with losses exceeding $6 billion a year!

One of my favorite things to read about is Art Heists! I blogged about it HERE (Art Heists:  Captivating Reading)

For more check out my Amazon Affiliate link:

The Gardner Heist

Stealing Rembrandts The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists

Art Heist Books, Lori Kennedy

It’s amazing how many pieces of fine art are in poorly protected places like small museums, schools and universities, business offices…

There’s a $25,000 Reward–(that’s a lot of soup…)

Andy Warhol, Soup Cans, Lori Kennedy Designs

What about YOU?  What do YOU like to read about?

What do YOU want for lunch today?

We’d love to hear!

#SwissonRye

Lori

PS…Quilt videos taste great with lunch-Take a few minutes to watch Lesson One of Doodle to Design!

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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!