Building a Rock Solid Routine for FMQ–Know the Motif

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Good Morning, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!

Welcome back to our ongoing series:  Build a Rock Solid Routine for Free Motion Quilting

So far in this series:

Time to stitch?

There’s just one more thing to do:  DOODLE!

Red Flower Stencil, Free Motion Quilting

IMPROVE YOUR FLUENCY WITH DOODLING

Does your free motion quilting lack fluency?

Are there areas where the stitches are too long?  too short?  or lack overall smoothness?

Every time you pause to think about where to travel while free motion quilting-even for a nano-second–your stitching will lack smoothness.

These “stutter stitches”  occur when your hands are still moving, but your brain is stalled

The best way to avoid stutter stitches?

Practice the motif on paper–DOODLE!

Fabulous Flower Tablerunner, Free Motion Quilting

HOW TO DOODLE

  • Pick a motif you love.
  • Follow the photos and draw each step-by-step.
  • Repeat several times (10x or 100x) until you don’t need to refer to the photos.
  • Continue doodling the motif until you “own it”.
  • Doodle the motif much larger and much smaller.  (See “Free Motion Quilting: Playing with Scale”.)
  • Finally, choose the size for YOUR quilt and doodle it for several minutes.
  • This whole process should take less than 20 minutes.
Free Motion Quilting

Spiral Flower

STITCH THE DOODLE

As soon as possible, test drive the motif on a quilt sandwich.

Stitch it several times.  If everything looks great–add it to your next quilt.

If not, doodle it again tomorrow and try stitching it again.

NOTE:  I have no scientific evidence, but I have noticed that sleep–sub-conscience work–helps develop muscle memory.

When I’m struggling with a motif and walk away it often “comes to me” the next day without effort.

It seems that two-30 minute sessions with a nap or night’s rest in between is more beneficial than one-60 minute session.

Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon?

TODAY

Doodle AND Stitch! 

May your stitches be happy,

Lori

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spin the Dreidel-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Are YOU getting ready for the holidays?  Do YOU make gifts for many people on YOUR list?

Time to get started…

Today we are going to “Spin the Dreidel” (free-motion-quilt-style.

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingTHE DREIDEL-A FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin the dreidel by stitching the first part of the letter “M”.

Tilt the letter to the side so the top looks like it’s spinning at an angle.

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingStitch the mirror image of the top two lines to create a parallelogram.

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingNext, stitch the handle of the dreidel by stitching into the center of the top, then straight up.  Stitch a knob handle.

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quilting

Stitch back into the center of the parallelogram, across to the corner and down to create the right side of the dreidel.

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingStitch an angle line down.  Stop here.

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingStitch up to the top of the dreidel and back down again.

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingStitch across to the starting point..  Then angle down to create the tip of the dreidel.

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingFinish the right side of the dreidel by stitching to the right corner and back down again ON the previous line of stitching.

Stitch a small circle.stopping at the edge of the tip.

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingNext, stitch semi-circles–encasing the tip, but never through the tip.  

Stitch a line off to the side of the dreidel.

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingYou may add a star by stitching a triangle.  On the bottom line, double stitch less than half way across to begin the inverted triangle…

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingCompletes the star.

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quiltingSpin the Dreidel!  It’s Hanukkah time!

For the entire FREE free motion quilt tutorial library with nearly 100 step-by-step tutorials you’ve come to the right place!

Spin the Dreidel, Free Motion quilting

I’m a little dreidel made out of clay,

Spin me around when you want to play.

When I fall down if you don’t win,

Just pick me up and spin again!

WE HAVE A BUSY WEEK

WednesdayBuild a Rock Sold Routing for Free Motion Quilting Series

Thursday-Free Motion Quilting Quick Tips

Friday-Open Line Questions and Answers.  This week we’ll focus on battings.

Saturday-Seamstresses in Fine Art

Sunday-Silent Sunday-photography

Happy Hannukah!

Happy Stitches!

Lori

NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on my domestic (Bernina) sewing machine, without a stitch regulator using Sulky 40wt Rayon on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.

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

Celebration Monday

 

Paper Pieced Lettering, The Inbox JauntPlease celebrate with me…The Inbox Jaunt has reached more than 5000 followers!

Thank YOU to all who shared the good news about our quilt community. 

This week we have many new followers from Quiltville, Patchwork Posse, UK Quilters United, The Quilting Board, Missouri Star Quilt Co, even a garden forum:  The Garden Web

We also have Danish quilters from All Momas Quilt, Spanish quilters from Tutoriales de Patchwork, Swedish quilters from Rikstacket and Japanese quilters from Jellyfish and Dutch quilters from ZipjeZopje

We’ve had referrals from the amazing Romanian quilter, Geta Grama AND SO MANY MORE!

(Please leave a comment if I haven’t mentioned YOU or your blog…I KNOW there are many who have joined us from Canada, France, Brazil, Poland, Hungary, India, Taiwan, Australia…Quilters around the world!

Paper Pieced Lettering, The Inbox Jaunt

THE ACCIDENTAL BLOG

It’s funny because I never planned to start a blog…I was taking an online Photoshop class from Kim Klassen and the next class in her series was about blogging.  I only took the class because I wanted to learn “mouseovers” and GIFs.

As I worked through the course, I thought a blog would be a good way to share my new hobby (photography) and my old hobby (quilting) with my friends and family.

Paper Pieced Lettering, The Inbox Jaunt

 

QUILTS ARE POPULAR ON THE WEB

For months, I had 30 followers-all friends and family.  Everything changed when I wrote the post “Four Steps to Perfectly Quilted Spirals”.

Suddenly, my “views” quadrupled  and a few more followers signed up.

I tried it again with another quilt tutorial…

Again my “views” quadrupled and a few more followers.

The Tuesday Tutorials were born! (See the full library of free motion quilt step-by-step motifs)

Paper Pieced Lettering, The Inbox Jaunt

THANK YOU

I am really grateful to all of you who were there in the early days, and I am excited about everyone who has joined us since.

We have SO much more quilting, free motion quilting, time management for quilters, organization for quilters, projects, photography, jaunts, Seamstresses in Fine Art, Silent Sundays (photography), paper-piecing,  doodling, works in progress….

WELCOME!  And help spread the word…please SHARE with ALL your QUILTY FRIENDS!

Paper Pieced Lettering, The Inbox JauntThe best thing about having 5000 of us?

We ALL learn so much from the comments and on Open Line Friday-where everyone asks and EVERYONE answers!

If you’re new to The Inbox Jaunt or if you’re an OLD FRIEND

TWO THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR ME

  • SHARE with all your friends–quilters and quilt-lovers
  • PARTICIPATE-we LOVE to hear everyone’s comments and questions..

WELCOME!  and THANK YOU!

Lori

We have a busy week ahead:

Tuesday Tutorial, Build a Rock Solid Routine Series, Open Line Friday, Seamstresses in Fine Art Saturday, and Silent Sunday….

PS…The paper pieced letters were stitched with Elizabeth Hartman’s Refrigerator Magnets

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 (encouraged) to share, pin, re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank YOU!