Random vs. Structured Doodling

Echo Doodling, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning Afternoon, Quilters! (I’m off to a late-start!)

We are back to Doodle Lessons!

RANDOM VS. STRUCTURED DOODLING

As you know, I am an inveterate doodler.  Most of my doodles are random scribbles, but every night I sit down for awhile and work on more structured doodling–that is, I have a plan–something I’m trying to work out, like a new motif or a new whole cloth quilt design.  Both types of doodling are necessary.  Random scribbles help create a flowing hand movement and develop a signature style.  YOUR doodles are YOUR signature! No two people will have the same style.

Structured doodles help you plan your quilts.  When doing structured doodles, you might have a quilt shape like a triangle or a rectangle that you are trying to find the right motif to fit into it. Or, you are trying to determine the proportions of a motif that will fit into your quilt.  Use structured doodling to figure out the best way to travel from one motif to another within a quilt block or between quilt blocks.

It’s all still doodling, but there’s a plan.

Echo Doodling, Lori Kennedy

ECHO DOODLING 

The photos today of how I might practice echo quilting an appliqué block.

Start by closely echo stitching the main motif.  Echo stitching causes the appliqué to “pop”.  Echo stitch around the central motif several times until you “bump into” another shape.

 

Echo Doodling, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch around the next motif several times until you “bump into” another motif.

Echo Doodling, Lori Kennedy

Occasionally you will get caught in a corner…use your doodling to figure out a way to travel or plan to knot off there and begin in a new area of the quilt.

Echo Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Try this with a few small doodles and then try it with a larger square…

And of course…

Stitch one of your favorites!

Remember our motto:  “Better Quilting through Doodling!”

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!

Does a Clean Sewing Room Improve Creativity?

LoriKennedy, FMQGood Morning, Quilters!

One of my tasks this past November and December was to clear out the stacks of practice pieces, tutorials, and unfinished quilts that clutter my sewing room.  (Make room for the NEW!)Quilt Practice SandwichesI chose several to use as the starting point for “Doodle Quilts”.

This quilt began as a test fabric–a quilt sandwich I leave by sewing machine to test new motifs, threads and my sewing machine tension.LoriKennedy, FMQIt’s not perfect…some tension issues here and there…LoriKennedy, FMQHowever, now that it’s finished and bound…I can use it

It’s so much better than collecting dust on my sewing room floor!LoriKennedy, FMQI have lots more where these came from…if anyone is interested in a few to jump-start their own Doodle Quilt–contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.

Two things that improve creativity:  a clean space and a “jump-start” new supply…(I’m not trying to clutter YOUR space…!)

More-cleaning-to-go,

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!

Faye’s Flowers-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Flower FMQ Tutorial, KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Welcome back to Tuesday Tutorials!  Every week-a new, original step-by-step pattern.  I stitch on a domestic sewing machine-A BERNINA 770 QE…however, these motifs will work on any machine from treadle to long arm.

Today’s pattern, named after my daughter, Faye (a fabulous doodler) would look great on any quilt, from Modern to Traditional.

FAYE’S FLOWERS-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin stitching a small circle.  I overstitched this circle for added emphasis.

Next, stitch a small scallop.
Flower FMQ Tutorial, KennedyEcho stitch the scallop twice–each scallop will be stitched three times:  left, right left. Flower FMQ Tutorial, Kennedy Stitch 4-5 more sets of scallops around the central circle.Flower FMQ Tutorial, Kennedy Overlap a set of scallops to begin another row.

Flower FMQ Tutorial, Kennedy Stitch several rows of scallops to fill any space.Flower FMQ Tutorial, KennedyAdd leaves…Flower FMQ Tutorial, Kennedy Or fill the space with plain Faye’s Flowers.   Flower FMQ Tutorial, KennedyOne of MY new favorites-and I hope you like it too!

Happy Stitching!

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!