Doodle Exercise Routine

Doodle Lessons, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Doodlers and Quilters!

Morning is a good time for doodling–a quiet activity that helps your brain transition from dreaming to wakefulness.   Perhaps you would even consider getting up 15 minutes early to doodle?! (Like most personal trainers, I ask a lot!)

Pour yourself a cup of tea and join me for today’s simple doodle exercise.

DOODLE WARM UPS

Begin by drawing several small squares.

Use a light pencil to divide the square into quadrants.

Choose a simple shape like a circle and add it to all four quadrants.Doodle Lessons, Lori KennedyDOODLE STRETCHES

Next, add another shape–like two lines–to all four quadrants.

Then add scallops to build on the design.Doodle Lessons, Lori KennedyDOODLE AEROBICS

Now keep adding simple shapes and repeating the original shapes to create a page full of different designs.

Doodle Lessons, Lori KennedyKEEP YOUR BLOOD FLOWING…

Now that you’re into the swing of things…

Turn the page and try another grouping of simple shapes.

Doodle Lessons, Lori KennedyDON’T REST YET!  (loud voice)

Fill the page…(Up tempo music)Doodle Lessons, Lori KennedyDOODLE COOL DOWN

When you’ve completed twenty minutes of doodling,

Get a sip of water, towel off and choose one design that might work in a quilt.

Put a star by it…so you can find it when you head off to your sewing studio next time.Doodle Lessons, Lori Kennedy

Now that’s a routine I would consider doing before breakfast!

Happy Doodles and Happy Day!

Lori

PS…Who would YOU rather face in the morning?Jillian Michaels

PPS…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!

Candy Corn-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Candy Corn, Free Motion Quilting, LKennedyGood Morning, Candy Corn Lovers!

You know who you are! The ones who have already bought your Halloween candy because it’s on sale

Or to use as a decoration around the house…???

Today’s tutorial has zero (insidious) calories…Candy Corn, Free Motion Quilting, LKennedyTHE CANDY CORN FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

This motif would look adorable on any Halloween or Autumn quilt.  Use it as border, or jumble them up and create a background fill…

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.  In the tutorial below, the lines are 1-1/4 inches apart.  Much larger would look great…smaller might be a challenge to stitch.

Begin stitching on the bottom line.  Stitch up at an angle and create a curved point.  Stitch down from the top line 4-5 stitches.Candy Corn, Free Motion Quilting, LKennedyStitch a shallow curve to the left side of the Candy Corn, then stitch back.Candy Corn, Free Motion Quilting, LKennedyStitch down at an angle to create the right side of the Candy Corn, then stitch a shallow curve and back again.Candy Corn, Free Motion Quilting, LKennedyStitch down several more stitches, then stitch another shallow curve to create the bottom of the Candy Corn.  Stitch back to begin the next piece of candy in the chain.

Candy Corn, Free Motion Quilting, LKennedy

Stitch a row of Candy Corn–altering the angle occasionally for a more interesting (and natural) look.

Candy Corn, Free Motion Quilting, LKennedy

Candy Corn, Free Motion Quilting, LKennedy

Hope your Halloween is filled with more Treats than Tricks!

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!

Feather FMQ!

Feathers, FMQ, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Running a little late this week…the Tuesday Tutorial will be a “Wednesday Tutorial” this week…

I am excited to show you a new project…

my spin on Feathers!Feathers, FMQ, LKennedyI started making these and just couldn’t stop!Feathers, FMQ, LKennedyI had a few framed for a new Autumn decoration!Feathers, FMQ, LKennedy

I used a variety of threads including Sulky Rayon, Aurifil Cotton and Superior Magnifico to stitch these on Kona cotton with Warm and Natural cotton batting.  They are heavily quilted and double stitched around the edges so I could cut them out.

Feathers, FMQ, LKennedyWhat about YOU?

Have you ever framed a quilting project?  How did it turn out?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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!