Doodle Lesson Three: Slowing Down

Circle DoodlesHello Doodlers!

You don’t have to be a quilter to be a doodler–but I DO think it’s very helpful to be doodler if you’re a quilter!

Doodling helps you create patterns and develop an eye for balance.  It also helps create muscle memory for quilting motifs. Most of all-it’s FUN and ADDICTING…

WARNING-make sure all your tax and bank documents are well secured.  Once you get doodling–nothing is safe!

LESSON THREE

For the last two weeks we have worked on finding a few pens and papers and getting used to the act of doodling. We doodled Messy Spirals and Messy Lines and we didn’t worry about how they looked.  We worked fast to keep our left brain from interfering.

Today we are going to s-l-o-o-w down and work on control.  I call this lesson:

Circle Slow Down

Circle DoodlesPEN MATTERS

I found a new pen I like a lot–The Faber Castell PITT artist pen size small.  I have also been using a Flair pen a lot lately.  The Pen matters–make sure it feels right in your hand and flows well on the paper–not too fast and not too slow.

You can do this exercise on lined paper or unlined paper.

CIRCLE SLOW DOWN

Draw a row of circles starting with a small circle and then get larger.

Draw another row starting large and graduating to small.

Circle DoodlesDoodle two more rows of circles and fill them in with concentric circles.

(Try to control the pen so the ends of the circles meet neatly–see the last circle above–not neat.)

Circle DoodlesGo off the grid and draw a puddle of circles.

Circle DoodlesAdd straight lines between the rows and fill in some of the rows.  See how many different combinations you can create.

Circle DoodlesWARNING: This is more addictive than Pinterest!

Your circles will look like hand drawn circles–some slightly egg-y and some…

If we wanted perfect circles, we would have used a computer program!

Remember, you can always go back to Messy Circles and Messy Lines.

Doodling O-O-odles,

Lori

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The Dandelion Quilt-Revisited

Dandelion QuiltGood Morning, Quilters and Gardeners!

Any weeds in your garden (yet)?

Last week we worked on The Dandelion Free Motion Quilt tutorial and I made the little quilt below.

We discussed if the quilt below had enough quilting.-Read more HERE (see comments, too!).

Dandelion QuiltSome of you suggested I needed to add more, perhaps with a  neutral thread–

This adds a subtle, but interesting texture.  (Compare to The Scissors quilt--all the thread is the same.)

Dandelion Quilt I’m happy with the results.  I used Sulky Rayon to stitch the Dandelions and  Superior’s King Tut cotton in a color that matches the fabric for the background.  

Dandelion Quilt

Dandelion QuiltLESSONS LEARNED

  • More quilting is ALWAYS better?
  • Use a heavy weight thread (40 or heavier) with a sheen (like Rayon) in a contrasting color when you want to pop the quilting.
  • Use a low sheen thread of finer weight that matches the fabric when your goal is to add texture.

Dandelion Quilt

I think there’s a Thistle Quilt in our future!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, share or pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

PPS. Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin, on my BERNINA820-a domestic sewing machine.

 

The Basic Bow–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Basic Bow, LKennedy, FMQGood Morning, Quilters!

Hope you are all doodling and quilting, and maybe a little gardening??

It’s that time of year-Mother’s Day, Graduations, Picnics, parties.  I thought we could use a little festive motif–a pretty little bow.

The Basic Bow would look great on any baby quilt or girl’s quilt.  A single bow could be used to tie a quilt (stitch one in the center of every block)  Or stitch a chain of bows in a border.

For the Bow Border, begin by drawing two parallel lines 1-3/ inches apart.

Start in the middle-between the two lines.  Stitch a sideways figure “8”.

TheBasicBow.FMQ.LKennedy007Next, stitch a larger and slightly squared, figure eight.

TheBasicBow.FMQ.LKennedy006Stitch a wavy line down, to the point where the next bow will begin.  Stitch back to the center.

TheBasicBow.FMQ.LKennedy005Stitch down to the previous point and begin the next bow.

TheBasicBow.FMQ.LKennedy004To fill a large area with The Bow, draw a large grid–the sample below is a 2-1/2 inch square grid.

Stitch the bows at the intersections of each square.  Change the angle of the ribbon to create a lattice pattern to fill a very large area quickly.

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Wouldn’t this be darling on a Baby Quilt?

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TheBasicBow.FMQ.LKennedy001Keep doodling and stitching every day to see the fastest improvement in your free motion quilt skills.

Also, don’t forget to iron your quilts before stitching–even practice pieces!

I’m off to a baseball game-a sure sign that spring is here!

Go PIONEERS!

Lori

PS…This sample was stitched on Kona cotton with Sulky Rayon 40 wt on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.–on my Bernina 820-a domestic sewing machine.

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