Odd and Even Doodles

Doodles, Lori Kennedy

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One of the main goals of machine quilters is to create continuous line designs.  

Continuous line designs allow the quilter to stitch with minimal stops and starts–minimal knotting.

One trick that helps is Even and Odd Traveling

Whenever you want to continue traveling in one direction across the fabric–use an odd number of “passes”.

For example, when stitching petals (see photo below)  Stitch a scallop from left to right,  SWITCH–echo stitch from right to left, SWITCH–echo stitch back from left to right-This is three total passes-and will allow you to continuously stitch from left to right.

Any odd number–one pass, three passes, five passes–will allow you to continue moving in the same direction.

On the other hand…

An even number of passes will bring you back to the beginning of the motif –or the center.

Doodles, Lori Kennedy

For Nora’s Rose

Stitch the stem with center curling to the right  and two more passes–three total—add a leaf on the right.

If you want to add a leaf on the left–add another pass–four passes.

Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Think about this concept when you are doodling–then it will come naturally when stitching.


Doodles, Lori Kennedy

This is a little hard to explain.

Try doodling it first, then let me know if it makes sense–otherwise I will take another stab at it.

Happy Doodling!


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