Doodle Lesson Two: Messy Lines

Doodle LessonsGood Morning, Quilters Doodlers!

Welcome back to Doodle Lessons!

JUST MINUTES A DAY

Whether your goal is to be a better quilter or more skilled at drawing…You’ve come to the right place! By practicing every day (at least 15 minutes) YOU will get better!

AND you don’t have to go to bed 15 minutes later or get up earlier–doodling can be done in “stolen moments”…while on the phone, waiting in a car, watching TV.   So NO EXCUSES for developing a “Doodle Habit”!

Doodle LessonsLIMITS

It often spurs creativity to limit some aspect of the process.  Last week we limited ourselves to circles–see Doodle Lesson One:  Messy Circles.

This week, we are adding Messy Lines.

  • Scribble up and down.
  • Make the lines bigger and smaller.
  • Change directions (first photo above)

Doodle LessonsThen add Messy Circles…

What does that look like?

Flowers?

Doodle LessonsSee if you can make it look even more like a field of flowers:

Doodle LessonsTry to make new combinations:

Doodle LessonsBy working on what seems like scribbles, patterns and associations emerge…

Watch for those new patterns…be mindful of the new designs…

That is the creative process at work… YOU are building CREATIVE MUSCLES!

Keep at the doodling…even when it seems meaningless.  If it’s not fun…try a new pad of paper or new pens, pencils, markers…Turn ON your creativity!

SCRIBBLE!

Tomorrow:  A Scribbled Quilt!

Lori

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Dandelion Quilt

Dandelion QuiltOnce I got going with the dandelion motif, (See Tuesday’s Tutorial:  The Dandelion)  I just couldn’t stop!

Dandelion QuiltI planned to fill this in with heavy quilting (like the Quilted Notions)…though now that I see it on my computer, I’m not so sure.  Maybe, I’ll make this both ways…with heavy quilting and without so we can do side-by-side comparisons…

Dandelion QuiltI’m always telling YOU to do samples…I guess this is my chance to do some!

What about YOU?  Have you done any quilted gardening yet?

TOMORROW–We will be continuing our Doodle Lessons…Have you been doodling?  Time to make a new habit!

Lori

PS…This quilt was stitched on my BERNINA 820 with Superior’s Magnifico trilobal polyester on top and Aurifil cotton in the bobbin.  Kaufman Kona fabric and Warm and Natural cotton batting.

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

The Dandelion–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s almost time to start working the gardens in Minnesota…and of course, that means managing the Dandelions, too!

I rather like dandelions…I’ve received a number of yellow bouquets in my day…

Dandelions represent the warm days of Summer, playing in the grass, and every child’s first bouquet…They also remind me of my sister, Teri’s first attempt at wine making…Dandelion Wine.  She and a friend spent hours picking dandelions to make wine…and a few days later the bottles exploded in our basement!  We all thought it was hilarious!  Teri was not amused…

So this is dedicated to Teri:

THE DANDELION TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching a straight line with a circle on top.  Trace down the stem and angle off to create the first leaf.

Dandelion, Free Motion QuiltingStitch a straight stem, then retrace the line.  Stitch down at an angle and back toward the stem.

Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting

Stitch several triangles at different angles and different sizes.Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting

At the top, stitch a longer line, ending above the stem line.Dandelion, Free Motion QuiltingStitch to the right of the stem creating more triangles.

(NOTE-Dandelions are fun to stitch because any jagged triangle looks great!)
Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting

Make the last triangle point down, away from the rest of the leaf.
Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting
For more variety, add a spirals on the top of the long stems as well.

Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting

Dandelion, Free Motion Quilting

Have fun with this design…it sure beats weeding!

Later this week…a few mini-quilts using this design.

Doodle Lessons continue on Thursday…How’s it going?

Hope your day’s a dandy!

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 Pin, re-blog or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!