What Rules Do YOU Break? Open Line Friday

machine quilting, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Do YOU believe in the Quilt Police?

I think the Quilt Police are like the bogey man–I’m not sure they are a real thing.

There are quilt judges who evaluate quilting based on standards, instructors who teach to a standard, and bloggers who try to be thought-provoking (like my Meander no More campaign.)

But everyone knows we get to do whatever we want on our own quilts!

Maybe the Quilt Police are our own quilting conscience????

Of course it is important to understand the right way to do things– usually following the rules makes the whole process easier or look better.

But some rules are meant to be broken!

TIED and BURIED KNOTS

One “Rule” I always break is the rule that we should tie and bury machine quilting knots.

The mere thought of stopping that often to tie and bury a knot or even doing them later takes the joy out of the process for me.

Instead, I made up my own knot–the “curlicue knot”. I stitch small stitches in a curl and then I stitch back over them to form a knot.  Then I simply cut the threads and begin quilting!

This knot forms a mini focal point, so it has to be cute-cute-cute!


Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

WHAT WOULD THE QUILT POLICE SAY?

Well I can tell you I have a very clear conscience on this point and I sleep quite well at night.

My friend, Annie Smith who is a quilt judge said she would not downgrade me if I entered a competition.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Do YOU break any quilting “rules”?

Have YOU found a work-around for a quilting challenge?

Have YOU ever met the Quilt Police?  (Was it just a cranky quilter who needed a Snickers?)

Are YOU your own worst critic?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

YOUR Warden,

Lenient Lori

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Better Quilting Through Doodling–Trees


Tree Quilt motif, How to doodle a Christmas Tree
Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

It’s time for another Doodle Lesson…because we all know…”If you can doodle it, you can quilt it!”

Doodling is the fastest way to improve your machine quilting skills–and it’s fun, too!

Today we are doodling Christmas Trees.

Start with the basic shape–nothing fancy and don’t worry about symmetry.

Tree Quilt motif, How to doodle a Christmas Tree

Next, divide some of the trees with simple lines.

Tree Quilt motif, How to doodle a Christmas Tree

Fill the trees with doodling.

Use Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 for ideas like Easy Loops or Pebbles.How to Doodle Christmas treesSee how many variations YOU can design!
How to Doodle Christmas trees

We are just getting started.  Next week we will use our favorite trees to create a variety of compositions.

Oh Tannenbaum! How whimsical are thy branches!

Your Tree Trimming Friend,

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

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