Doodle Lessons: Change One Thing

Doodle Lessons, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

First, I’d like to thank all of you who have signed up for my new (and only) Craftsy video!  If you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet, the 50% off link in my sidebar will be available through Monday, August 17th!

I’m delighted that so many of you have watched many of the lessons already!  Please consider leaving a review on the Craftsy platform AND as soon as you can POST A PHOTO of your work…even if you are a beginner–we want to see YOUR progress!


Throughout the video, I doodle before I sew each motif.  For the purposes of video instruction,  I use a Wacom Cintiq Tablet throughout the class.  Back at the ranch, I always doodle on paper–loose leaf, notebooks, etc.

I like the “tooth” of markers on paper.


Today we are continuing our series, Better Quilting Through Doodling.

(Find all previous doodle lessons HERE.)

I have an EASY RECIPE for doodling today:

 Change One Thing!

Start with a simple shape like a house.  Then add or change one thing.Doodle.ChangeOne.LKennedy002Contineu adding and changing…
Doodle.ChangeOne.LKennedy003Keep it simple.  Soon you will have a design you really like!Doodle.ChangeOne.LKennedy004

Try trees.
Doodle.ChangeOne.LKennedy006Push your imagination—one thing at a time!
Doodle.ChangeOne.LKennedy007Can you imagine a quilt with one of your doodles?

This tree is screaming to me to quilt:

Start with any simple shape.

Use one of the Free Motion Quilt Tutorials as a prompt…

like the Anchor from this week.
Doodle.ChangeOne.LKennedy010Change one thing…then keep going!


I’d love to hear how this works for YOU!Doodle Lessons, Lori KennedyHappy Doodling and Happy Quilting!


PS.. The background quilt is an example of a Diagonal Composition (see Craftsy video).  It was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE with Aurifil cotton in the bobbin and Sulky rayon 40wt on top.

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  Thanks!

Divide and Conquer Sale Extended!

Craftsy Free Motion QuiltingGood Afternoon, Quilters!

I’m off on a jaunt, but wanted to let you know that I’m extending the 50% off discount for readers of The Inbox Jaunt.  Click on the link in the sidebar!

Please leave a review if you like it!

(If you don’t like it…nevermind…I’m confident you’re going to love it!)5259-Creative-Quilting-002_retouchedGrab your doodle pads,

Pop some popcorn,

Unroll a few tootsie rolls!


“Let’s get started!”


The Anchor-A Free Motion (or Long Arm) Quilt Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank you, Thank you!

Thank you for all the well wishes related to the release of my Craftsy video!

You have several hours left to get 50% off (click on the photo below!)Craftsy Video

It’s been so much fun to hear from all of you!  Some of you have even watched the entire video already!  Now I have to admire that!

In Lesson Three, I discuss dividing quilts into Horizontal Compositions and I stitch a little “Boat Scene” with the video version of The Wave, The Sailboat and The Sun.

Today’s tutorial, The Anchor, is a great motif to add to YOUR boat scene!  (Don’t forget to post YOUR photos on the Craftsy platform after Lesson Three!)

So in keeping with “Craftsy Week”, I offer:

Anchor FMQTHE ANCHOR-A FREE MOTION OR LONG ARM QUILT TUTORIALAnchor.LKennedy.FMQ002Begin by drawing three lines or “rails”  equidistant apart.  In the sample below the lines are 3/4 inch apart.

Begin stitching between the lower rail and the middle rail.  Stitch down at an angle to the bottom rail, then stitch a straight line, ending just below the top “rail”.Anchor.LKennedy.FMQ003Stitch a small circle on top of the vertically stitched line.Anchor.LKennedy.FMQ004 Stitch down a few stitches right on top of the vertical line.  Stitch to the left a few stitches  then back to the vertical line, then stitch to the right a few stitches and back to the vertical line.Anchor.LKennedy.FMQ005 Stitch on top of the previous line of vertical stitching to the bottom rail, then stitch up at angle mirroring the left side of the anchor.  This completes the first anchor.

Anchor.LKennedy.FMQ006Stitch down to the bottom rail to begin the next Anchor in the row.
Anchor.LKennedy.FMQ007Anchors Aweigh!
Anchor Free Motion quitlingBecause this motif is primarily linear, it complements the curvy lines of the other motifs.

Wouldn’t it be make a gorgeous border motif?

Doodle it a few times then set anchor on your next quilt!

Smooth sailing (and smooth, happy stitching!)


PS….This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE -domestic sewing machine- with the fabulous feature that cuts the bobbin and top thread with just a press of a button–amazing!

Thread:  Aurifil 50wt cotton in the bobbin, Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top.

Fabric:  Kona cotton

Batting:  Warm and Natural cotton

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  Thanks!