Doodle Lessons?


Happy Friday, Everyone!

It’s been a busy week here at The Inbox Jaunt–in fact it’s been a very busy month!

I’ve been working on a few very very exciting projects…one I will share next week…

The other needs a bit more tweaking before The Reveal…

You’ll be the first to know…As these projects are a direct result of YOU making recommendations, sharing The Inbox Jaunt, etc…

So let me take this opportunity to say “Thank YOU!”

Thank you for sharing, talking about The Inbox Jaunt, telling your guilds, writing letters to magazine editors, sharing ideas, re-blogging, tweeting and Pinning!  Thank you..



Let’s get to work on Open Line Friday.

Yesterday’s post, My First Doodle Quilt, generated a lot of questions about  the process of doodling.

Questions/Comments like:

  • What advice do you have for someone who can’t doodle or draw? (See below)
  • Do you worry about creating a continuous line while you’re doodling? (Not at first)
  • I bought a notebook, but I haven’t doodled anything yet…(Not possible in my mind…)

I’ve been contemplating this idea for a while and I think it’s time for:


MY question is…Can you teach someone to doodle?

The answer…I don’t know…but I’d like to try!

Would you like to join me?

If so..


1)  Buy a 9 x 12 Sketchpad, a lined notebook, and a ream of inexpensive typing paper.

(I hate to tell people to buy anything…but sometimes a new notebook is just the right thing to kick off a new project!)

2)  Search out a variety of pens and pencils that you already own…(see how frugal I am!).   Look for Flairs, Sharpies, pencils, crayons, rollerballs, gel pens, even old make up pencils and my favorite, a fountain pen ( I LOVE to draw with my fountain pens!)

3) Start with the typing paper…Fill up five pages of typing paper–one side only–with doodles using all of your marking pens.  If you don’t have a “doodle”  just draw figure “8”s and circles.  If you’re musical, draw notes. Scribble.  Anything.  Just get the pens moving and decide which ones you like best.

  •   Which pens feel best in your hand?
  •   Which looks best on the paper?
  •   Which rolls smoothest across the paper?

I know this sounds a bit too basic, but just like having the right thread matters in quilting, having the right pen matters in doodling.


Starting next week we’ll have a “Doodle Together” assignment.

The long term goal is to turn our doodles into quilts.

So let’s collect a caboodle of pens and doodle some noodles!



PS…All doodles, tutorials and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!

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:


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.)


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


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  Thanks!

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