Throwback Thursday-My First Doodle Quilt

Spiral Lollipop, Free Motion Quilting, LKennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Today I would like to continue with Throwback Thursday (and #flowersinwinter–yes, it’s STILL winter in Minnesota.)

Nearly three years ago, I noticed my doodles were all converging on a scribbled circle flower.

I remember dropping whatever I was doing (probably dusting or exercising–something where I have a hair-trigger for distraction…) and dashing off to stitch the red quilt above.

I used whatever thread was in my machine.

I didn’t bother to iron the fabric.

I just had to see whether or not this idea would work on fabric.

I stitched very quickly–afraid the idea was fleeting…and this is the result.

It was very different from anything I had ever quilted before, but I realized I wanted to explore the concept more…

Spiral Lollipop, Free Motion Quilting, LKennedy

I made this slightly more controlled version of the Lollipop Flower Quilt:

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Spiral.Lollipop.FMQ.LKennedy002Since then, I’ve quilted every doodle I find (sometimes mysteriously) on my calendar, napkins, notebooks, important bank documents…

I’ve even stitched my daughter’s doodles:  (See Nora’s Rose free motion quilt tutorial.)

QUILTING YOUR DOODLES

What about you?  Have you tried quilting YOUR doodles?  I’m pretty sure everyone has at least one doodle…

The trick is to stitch fast–that forces your left brain (critical thinking) to be quiet…

Make sure you ALWAYS have three or four quilt sandwiches at the ready for when inspiration strikes!

Even if it’s messy, it will still have PERSONALITY

Happy Doodling, Happy Stitching

Lori

You might also like The Spiral Lollipop tutorial

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

PPS…This quilt was stitched on a Bernina 150 using Aurifil cotton and Sulky Rayon.

Spring Hyacinth Vase Quilt

Hyacinth Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s breath of Spring air…The Hyacinth Free Motion Quilt tutorial!

While it is sunny here in Minnesota, the temperature is hovering around 27F and threatening snow!  I’m really tired of winter…

We’ll just pretend it doesn’t exist anymore…

and with Easter on the way, it’s easy to liven up the house with bright colors!

IMG_0296This bright “vase quilt” is stitched on pastel hand-dyed fabrics with Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin, on my Bernina 820 (domestic sewing machine) without a BSR.  I tried Tuscany Silk batting in this quilt…new for me.

IMG_0297I’m not sure I like the bright pink outline, but it certainly reflects the colors I was craving when I pieced it (a long time ago—see the Umbrella Quilt companion.)

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IMG_0305What are YOU doing to add a little color to YOUR life?

I’d love to hear—(as long as it’s not off-color, of course!)

You might also like:  The Open Umbrella FMQ tutorial and The Closed Umbrella FMQ Tutorial.

Thinking warm and colorful thoughts from Sunny Minnesota,

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!

 

The Hyacinth Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Hyacinth, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

It’s the fourth day of Spring, and snow is blanketing the gardens of Minnesota–dashing any thoughts of purple or pink hyacinths outside…

So, a Spring Quilt will have to do for present….

Today, a tutorial

Tomorrow, a vase quilt to share…

THE HYACINTH FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Hyacinth, Free Motion Quilting

This motif is a great border pattern and it can be easily altered to fill a square.

When first learning this motif, it may be helpful to draw a few lines to help establish the proportions.

Begin by drawing a rectangle, 2 inches tall by 1-1/2 inches wide.

Begin stitching in the middle of the bottom line.  Stitch a straight line, 3/4 of the distance to the top line.  Retrace the stitches back to the middle of the rectangle.

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Stitch three scallops on the right side, tapering to a point at the middle.

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Taper down to the left side, mirroring the scallops.

Hyacinth.FMQ.LKennedy006Stitch down the stem line, stopping a few stitches above the bottom line.  Begin the left leaf by stitching an angled line to the left border then stitch a small circle.

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To complete the leaf, stitch a wavy line tapering away from the circle and again tapering at the stem.
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Stitch the right leaf in the same way.  Stitch on the baseline to begin the next Hyacinth.Hyacinth.FMQ.LKennedy003

A row of Hyacinths would make a beautiful border on any quilt or table runner.

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When stitching the Hyacinth larger, add echo stitching for more fullness.
Hyacinth.FMQ.LKennedy001To fill a square, arrange the Hyacinths on a diagonal.

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THE WEBINAR–THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE

If you signed up for last week’s Webinar and did not make the live event….the link will be sent to you shortly–thank you for your patience.  (If you did watch the Live event, you will also receive the link to watch as many times as you like…)

You can still sign up and receive the link in the next few days HERE:

Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence

THERE’S A LOT MORE QUILTING THIS WEEK!

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 820 (No BSR) with Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin.  Kona cotton 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 re-blog, pin and share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!