Doodling: Curls to Spirals

Doodle:  Curls to Spirals

 

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Quilt-Doodlers!

I have a BIG CRAFTSY announcement tomorrow…but first….

Today in our series “Better Quilting through Doodling”  we are doodling theUpward Curl that ranges anywhere from a slight curl to a tight spiral.

This little flourish finds it way into most of my doodles and most of my quilts.  Once you add this to your repertoire, I’m sure you will see it pop up even when you aren’t thinking about it.

Use lined paper to get started.

Start with the basic shape:  From the center, curve out then up adding just the slightest hint of a curl.   Echo back to the center and create the right side.

Doodle:  Curls to SpiralsDraw that shape many times (Many HUNDREDS of times if you like–I do!).  While you are doodling, notice how difficult it is to create the same shape on the right and left–in other words, how hard it is to be perfectly symmetrical.

Don’t worry about asymmetry–that gives hand drawing and quilting it’s unique look!
Doodle:  Curls to SpiralsOnce you are comfortable with the basic shape, try adding a little more curl to each shape.

Then try creating a fern by stacking the basic shape.Doodle:  Curls to SpiralsLater, combine the upward curl with spirals to create an even more interesting pattern.Doodle:  Curls to SpiralsWouldn’t this be a pretty piece of stationery?Doodle:  Curls to SpiralsAs you doodle, try to create larger and larger versions.  You will notice the movement becomes more fluent–that’s when you’re ready to try stitching it.

This may take thousands of repetitions…but that really doesn’t take long!

Commit to doodling every day-while you’re on your phone, or waiting at a carpool or when someone else is driving, while watching TV, waiting for water to boil…..a few minutes here and a few minutes there and you’ll have 1000 reps in no time!  (Notice I didn’t ask you for 1000 reps of burpees or pushups?)

Tomorrow:  The BIG CRAFTSY Giveaway Begins!  Woo HOO!

See you for more details!

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!

 

Sailing Away with New Threads

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

I hope your summer is going swimmingly!  The weather has been perfect here…well, perfect for any outdoor activity, not for quilting–(hence my inconsistently blogging–I’ll make up for it during the Minnesota Winter when I will be able to blog twice a day!)

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingI recently acquired several new threads, so I thought I’d make a Summer Sampler with Sailboats (say that three times fast!)

This project is similar to our Quilt-a-Long Project…see all the instructions HERE.

Instead of stitching the Spools, I stitched Sailboats, Tutorial HERE

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingI worked outside of my comfort zone–using variegated threads from Sulky

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingAnd metallics…This cone from Superior is called Halo and it is marked for use in the bobbin only, but I used a size 90 Topstitch needle and it stitched really well.

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingThis metallic cone is from EnMart, a new-to-me thread line.  It stitched up beautifully as well.

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion Quilting

 

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion Quilting
Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingThere are so many wonderful threads on the market these days…

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingWhat about YOU– have you tried any new threads?

Have YOU made any samplers?

We’d love to hear.

Happy Sewing, Happy Sailing,

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, share or Pin with attribution to The Inbox aunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks.

 

 

The Sweet Cherry-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QE

Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEGood Morning, Quilters!

Do YOU prefer sweet or sour cherries?  My family is split…but one of our favorite places to visit is Door County, Wisconsin known for it’s sour cherries and delicious cherry pies, salsas, salad dressings, etc.  Since visiting The Door over the Fourth of July, I’ve had bushels of cherries in my Doodle Book.  Today’s tutorial is dedicated to cherry lovers everywhere.  (Next week will be dedicated to pie lovers…)Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QETHE SWEET CHERRY FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

You may like to begin with a rectangle to keep the spacing even.  Use whatever size fits your quilt.  In the tutorial below, the rectangles are 3 inches wide by 4 inches tall.

Stitch a horizontal leaf near the top of the rectangle.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEStitch another leaf to the right of the first leaf.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEStitch a diagonal line to create the first stem and add a small upward curve at the end of the stem.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEStitch over the previous line of stitching, along the curve.  Add a right sided curve.  Stop here.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QE

Stitch a counter clockwise circle – stitching right over the stem and around.  Stitch over the previous line of stitching and back to the stem.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEStitch over the stem–creating a double-stitch on the stem and back to the pair of leaves.

Stitch down to create the next stem and the next cherry.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QE

Two cherries look great together, or you may add a third cherry.

When you’ve completed three cherries, stitch back to the top and stitch a small triangle to create a stem above the leaves.
Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEYou may want to tie off after every cluster or simply add a loop-de-loop to begin the next cluster.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEThis is a very cheery cherry--(Shoot! that’s what I should have called this tutorial!)–

Don’t limit yourself to using this only on quilts.  Wouldn’t this be perfect on the hem or pocket of an apron or on a tablecloth?  Be creative!

I’m off to bake  to stitch a pie for next week’s tutorial!  Way less calories!

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE- A fabulous sewing machine with a gorgeous stitch, using Superior’s Magnifico Trilobal Polyester on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.  Aurifil has a lovely light sheen that I love on my backings and it always sews like a dream!  I stitched with a size 80 Topstitch needle without a stitch regulator.

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!