Let’s Doodle Together–Doodle Lesson One

 

DoodlesGood Morning, Doodlers!

Today we start our new series on doodling.  The question is…Can you teach someone to doodle?  We are going to find out!

There are several reasons to learn to doodle, but we are doodling to become better free motion quilters!   So this is not just a trivial pursuit.  We have lofty goals!

Last week, we bought a lined notebook, an unlined notebook or sketchpad and a ream of inexpensive typing paper.  (Of course, none of that is absolutely necessary…many of you left suggestions for other sources of paper…read the comment section of this post.)

Doodles

CHOOSING PENS

I also suggested that you search out a variety of markers, pencils and pens to try.

Did you find any favorites?  Any markers or pens you don’t like?  There are three things I look for in a pen when I’m doodling:

  • How does the pen feel in my hand?  Is it balanced, a good weight, not too short (some kids pens), and it can’t have any rough edges–like when the dog chews on one…right in the trash.
  • How does it glide over the paper?  This depends on the paper, too.  For example, I love to doodle with a fountain pen, but it doesn’t glide on all paper…So you have to match the pen to the paper.
  • How does it look?

You’ll need lots of pens for different looks, feels, moods, effects…

Today, try some of your pens on the lined paper.

DoodlesTHE SCRIBBLE CIRCLE

One of the best ways to improve creativity is to impose limits…

This week, your assignment is to fill as many pages as possible with one shape:   Scribbled Circles.

Work fast and don’t think!

  • Scribble clockwise circles and counter-clockwise circles.
  • Then try to scribble counter-clockwise into the center and clockwise out of the center..
  • Scribble a row of small circles–two lines tall, then three lines, then four lines….
  • Try creating a few rows of circles without lifting your pen.

DoodlesTry combining large and small Scribble Circles to make new shapes.  Scribble:

  • Flowers
  • The Sun
  • Your initials
  • Patterns

DoodlesTry other pens and papers and combinations.

Limit yourself to messy Scribbled Circles–it’s both limiting and freeing…

Let me know how it’s going.

Happy Scribbling!

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 and pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Think Spring!

Zinnia

Good Morning!

It really feels like Spring here in Minnesota!  Yesterday the temperatures soared to 60 degrees and it may reach 70!

It’s Easter week, so we’ll be baking and cooking…

Easter wouldn’t be Easter without Peeps!

Did you know that more than 700 million Peeps are bought each Easter?!

I thought you might like this short video on Peeps

I really don’t like Peeps until they are good and stale–I like how they get chewier…

What about YOU?

What’s Your favorite Easter candy…Peeps…Jelly Beans…Chocolate Bunnies?

We’d love to hear!

Lori

PS…Don’t forget to find a notebook and some pens…tomorrow we begin our Doodle Lessons.  Read more HERE.

 

Sewing Scissors-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedGood Morning, Quilters!

Today we have Sewing Scissors–the last (for now) of The Sewing Room Series of Free Motion Quilt Tutorials.  I hope you are all going to make a little quilt to hang in your sewing room!

THE SEWING SCISSORS FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedThis motif can be stitched any size.  I have provided guidelines just to give you a start at proportions.  Make the handles or the blades longer to match your sewing scissors.

Begin by drawing a rectangle:  2-1/2″ wide by 3-1/2″ tall.  Drop down 1/4 inch from the top line and draw a line 1-3/4″ long.

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedStitch a narrow triangle around the drawn line.

Scissors, Free Motion Quilted

Stitch to the left a few stitches, then stitch on the drawn line and echo stitch back.  (You may stitch all the way to the tip or stop a few stitches short to avoid a build up of stitches at the tip.)

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedStitch a small rectangle at the base of the blades.

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedStitch a spiral in the rectangle and exit out the middle of the rectangle.

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedStitch down, then stitch a spiral.  Spiral in, then spiral out and reconnect with the rectangle.

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedStitch to the right and create the ride sided handle.

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedJust remember…These are SEWING scissors…Don’t use on paper or you’ll incur your Mother’s Wrath!

Have fun with these…Add your initial in place of the spiral or add a little heart.

Tomorrow…a small quilt with Sewing Notions.

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

PPS…This tutorial was stitched on Kaufman Kona fabric with Superior’s Magnifico Trilobal Polyester thread and Aurifil cotton thread in the bobbin using a Topstitch 90 needle on my Domestic Sewing Machine:  The BERNINA 820.