A Doodle Kind of Week

Sewing DoodlesIt’s only the ninth day of January, and it’s already been a busy year!  Some weeks it’s just impossible to get into my sewing room.  Still, I never have trouble finding time to doodle.

Sometimes my doodles are as mindless as the “radiant orchid” scribbles below…But even that can spur an idea…Does it look a bit like an Easter Basket to you?

Sewing DoodlesOne of our followers would like a tutorial on my sidebar sewing machine doodle.  I’m working on that in the doodles below.

Sewing DoodlesAs long as I can’t be at my sewing machine, at least I can doodle a few patchworks…

Sewing Doodles

Sewing DoodlesIf you don’t get to stitch this week…try a few doodles or just scribble.  At least you’re still being creative!

Lori

You might also like:  Doodlers are Smarter 

Snow Crystal Quilt

Snow Crystals Mini Quilt, Free Motion Quilting

Welcome to all the new followers who joined us over the last few days from The Quilting Board.  (Thanks, too to those who shared our tutorials there!  I always appreciate the “shout-out”)

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s free motion quilt tutorial, The Snowflake.  Here in Minnesota, January is practically synonymous with being preoccupied with temperature (currently -19F) and snowfall.  So bear with me, if I bring you another Snowflake Quilt

Snow Crystals Mini Quilt, Free Motion Quilting

This little quilt is 20 inches square and was stitched on my Bernina 820 domestic sewing machine.  I used Aurifil in the bobbin and Sulky on top.

I used an child’s stencil to create the snowflakes.

Snow Crystals Mini Quilt, Free Motion Quilting

Snow Crystals Mini Quilt, Free Motion Quilting

When I was finished quilting, I thought a few beads and sequins would add a little sparkle–like snow crystals.  I spread them randomly around the quilt and hand stitched them in place.

Snow Crystals Mini Quilt, Free Motion Quilting

I’m going to try to add a little ribbon border as my binding, but am still working that out…

Snow Crystals Mini Quilt, Free Motion Quilting

While many Minnesotans embrace winter by skiing, snow shoeing, etc…I embrace winter by quilting!

What do you do to get through winter?

Lori

The Snowflake-A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

It’s Tuesday and time for our first Tuesday Tutorial of 2014!  As I mentioned yesterday, Minnesota (like most of the country) is in a deep freeze.  The thermometer is stubbornly stuck at -15 F.  (Which is a heat wave compared to yesterday’s temp of -42F.)  In weather like this, it is impossible to quilt daisies and tulips…Today I offer–The Snowflake, (and a few snowballs) for your free motion quilting tutorial of the week.

This pattern can be stitched in long rows.  Add a few snowballs (see Spiral tutorial HERE) and you have a gorgeous pattern than can fill a border or a very large space.

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

In this pattern, I began by drawing lines one inch apart.  You may draw your lines farther or closer apart as fits your project.

Begin stitching ON your drawn line.  Stitch down a short distance, then stitch at an upward angle and back to the center line.

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Next, stitch perpendicular to your drawn line and back to the center.  (NOTE- do not stitch over any previous stitches and leave a gap in the center of your snowflake. )

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch out from the center and a downward angle and STOP here.

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

For this part of the snowflake, instead of stitching back to the center…stitch past the center (drawn) line and up to the right of your snowflake.

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Return to the center line, and stitch another line to the right and perpendicular to the drawn line.

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Finish the last “spoke” of the snowflake and stitch down the center line to begin another snowflake.

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The key to this pattern is to never cross over any other line with your stitching.

By staggering the adjacent rows, the snowflakes create a beautiful fill pattern.  But, you know me…when quilting gets too regular, I have to start changing things up–hence the snowballs….

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

FYI–The Snowflake mini quilt above was stitched on my Bernina 820 with Sulky 40 wt on top and Aurifil 40 wt in the Bobbin.

We will be doing more with this lovely snowflake pattern in the future…so I hope you will take the time to learn it now!

Tomorrow–I have another style of Snowflake I am working on...

Warm wishes,

Lori

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