Better Quilting Through Doodling

FMQ, Doodles, Zentangles, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Zentanglers!

(BTW…If you are a quilt-doodler, you are a Zentangler.)

It’s time for another Thursday doodle lesson in our on-going series, Better Quilting Through Doodling.

As I always say:

“If you can doodle it, you can quilt it!”

And it’s corollary…

“If you can’t doodle it…you can’t quilt it–at least not well.”

FMQ, Doodles, Zentangles, Lori Kennedy

For a little fun today, try this exercise:

Start by drawing a rectangle (or square, or circle…)

Add a few straight lines…

FMQ, Doodles, Zentangles, Lori Kennedy

Then a few wavy lines to create several unusual shapes.  (Shapes you might run into when you are quilting!)

FMQ, Doodles, Zentangles, Lori Kennedy

Then go to the Quilt Tutorial Page and fill in the shapes with quilt motifs.FMQ, Doodles, Zentangles, Lori Kennedy

Pay careful attention to how the motifs “play together”.

Usually contrast works best.  For example, place bold geometrics next to curvy designs.FMQ, Doodles, Zentangles, Lori KennedyWhat a great sampler!

Perhaps a quilt design for YOUR next quilt?

I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

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!

American Graffiti

 

American Graffiti Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

While working on my pile of unfinished quilts, I came upon the Eagle above.  I used it as a practice piece to test drive motifs for the Traditional Eagle Quilt below.

The Eagle-Free Motion Quilting

It didn’t have much quilting on it…

So I filled in the spaces with a wide variety of quilting including a little lettering.

American Graffiti Quilt, Lori Kennedy

In the end, I’m not sure which quilt I like better–Two very different styles, but the Graffiti Eagle keeps one looking longer!American Graffiti Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Ruby sure likes it!

American Graffiti Quilt, Lori Kennedy

By the way, what’s with dogs, cats and quilts?!

So which quilt do YOU prefer?  Graffiti Eagle or Traditional Eagle?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Mixing it up in Minnesota,

Lori

PS…Both of these quilts were stitched with Aurifil thread in the bobbin (great for lock stitching with slippery threads on top)  and Sulky Rayon 40 wt on top–on my BERNINA 770QE (dream machine!).

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.