Doodling a Wedding Ring Quilt

LKennedy. Double Wedding RingGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Every Thursday is doodle day!  Get your pencils and paper ready, so when a busy weekend hits, you’ll still feel like you’re quilting!

I am currently working on a queen size Double Wedding Ring quilt.

(I will be showing lots of images of this quilt as I demonstrate how to design and stitch “The Big Quilt”.)

PLAN WHILE YOU PIECE

As you are piecing, think about how you want to design the free motion quilting.  

This allows plenty of time for the ideas to percolate…

–and hopefully, by the time the last border is stitched in place, you’ll be excited about the quilting phase!

For the Double Wedding Ring Quilt

I plan to do minimal stitching on the rings and a fun design in the center of the rings.

I copied this shape–it is the odd shaped center from a Double Wedding Ring–LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

and  then traced the shape onto several pages in my sketch pad…
LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

Whenever I had free time, or a new idea, I doodled the possibilities.
LKennedy. Double Wedding RingI used the motif library:  Free Motion Quilt tutorial Page and tried a variety of different ideas…

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

Some motifs work better than others…

I like Grid Pop in the center along with The Easiest Flower Ever.

LKennedy. Double Wedding RingI also like this version of The Easiest Flower Ever.

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

I never settle on one motif until I try a wide variety of options.

Here’s The Bow:LKennedy. Double Wedding RingAnd the Fleur-de LisLKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

Once I settle on a few motifs, there’s still more planning to do…like stitch order and thread, etc…but there’s still plenty of time!

YOUR ASSIGNMENT

  1. Pick a quilt top you’d like to finish and start planning the quilting.
  2. Trace the shape of one of the blocks–or a part of a block.    (Avoid thinking about THE WHOLE QUILT–let’s just bite off one small piece at a time—Think of it as “Divide and Conquer”–sound familiar???)
  3. Make several copies of the shape or trace them into your sketchbook.
  4. Search for a few motifs you think would work.
  5. Get doodling!  Try as many combinations as possible…
  6. It is best to do this over several sessions–it’s surprising how one idea will lead to another especially when you give your subconscious creative brain time to work.

Have fun with this.  If one block doesn’t inspire you right now, try a border or a sashing.  

ONE MORE THING…

Several months ago, I started this process with the question “Can you teach someone to doodle?”…

We are now 15 lessons into this experiment and I’d love to hear how this is going for everyone.    Have the Doodle Lessons helped?  Should we continue?  Which lessons have been the most useful?  Any other comments/questions?

LOVE TO HEAR!

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!

Step by Step: From Doodle to Quilt

PurpleDoodleQuilt.LKennedy.TheInboxJaunt.004Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Remember this doodle exercise from last Thursday?

Circle Doodles, LKennedyI couldn’t resist the question:  Can this doodle become a quilt?

I did not trace the page of doodles…the idea was enough.

Instead, I used these circle templates–purchase at an office supply store-to compose right on my fabric.

Lori Kennedy The Inbox Jaunt CirclesI stitched all of the circles in dark purple thread. Aurifil 50 wt cotton

Aurifil 50 wt cotton was perfect!

And of course, I was stitching on my domestic sewing machine–the lovely BERNINA 770QE.

Lori Kennedy The Inbox Jaunt Circles

LKennedy CirclesOnce the circles were complete, I changed to a heavier weight, white thread–Superior’s Magnifico.

Superior's Magnifico Thread

I stitched flowers into all of the circles.Lori Kennedy The Inbox Jaunt CirclesNext, I used Pixelles–from Signature–in a variegated purple to fill in between the flowers!PurpleDoodleQuilt.LKennedy.TheInboxJaunt.007

 

LKennedy.TheInboxJaunt.FMQThis was finished in a flash–because the ideas were all worked out in the DOODLING PHASE!!

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Also, Thank you to Paula at Sweet P Quilting and Creations for her blog post about the Craftsy Video!

Paula claims to be my #1 Fan–(but I’m taking auditions–LOL!)

MORE THAN ONE WAY TO QUILT A DOODLE

Today’s step by step of how to quilt a doodle is just ONE way this doodle could have been interpreted.

What about YOU?  Have you stitched any of your doodles?

We’d love to HEAR–and love to SEE!

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 Delicious Apple-A Free Motion (Long Arm) Quilt Tutorial

Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s always sad to see the school buses round the corner…

It’s Back to School here in Minnesota-a bit earlier this year.

Honestly…it’s mixed emotions for most of us--It means more quilting time!!!

Let’s kick off the school year with a Delicious Apple!

A NEW GRADING SYSTEM

Starting today, I’ll be giving each tutorial a Grade–Beginner, Easy or Intermediate

See all the FREE MOTION QUILT Tutorials HERE

I plan to grade ALL of the tutorials so that you will be able to search for your skill level.  (This will take some time.)

***Did you know there is a “Search” box on the right side of every page just above my portrait??***

Also, if YOU disagree with a grade…Please let me know!

Today’s tutorial:   The Delicious Apple =  EASY

THE DELICIOUS APPLE QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.  (The lines in this tutorial are 1-1/4 inch apart.)

Begin stitching on the bottom line.  Stitch a fat letter “c” –brush the top line and end below the top line.

Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

 

Stitch straight up to create the stem.  Stitch across two-three stitches then back down to the drawn line.  Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Add a leaf with a small vein. Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Finish stitching the stem, then stitch the right side of the apple by mirroring the left side.Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

When you reach the bottom line stitch a slight wave to create the bottom of the Apple.Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Stitch on the bottom line back to the right to create the next apple in the chain.Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Or add a little something extra!Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Now wasn’t that EASY?

Makes a great border on any quilt, or computer cover, or school bag, OR

Combine it with the EASY as PIE tutorialand you have a theme going!!!

With the kiddies off at school…

Let’s get some deep housecleaning done

Let’s do our paperwork

Let’s go to the gym

Who am I kidding!?

 Let’s QUILT!!!

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!