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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Big Quilts, Small Promises

Boxes and Vines Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Last week I made a pledge and challenged YOU to make one too!

I pledged to work on my Boxes and Vines quilt every day–and to not start any new quilts until this is finished!

I am shocked at how hard it was!

Big Projects are so intimidating!

And there are so many little projects to tempt me away…fast and easy...but —    NOT AS IMPORTANT!!!

START WITH STABILIZING

My mom always says, “When you don’t know where to begin, just begin!”

Stabilizing is always a good place to begin a quilt. 

I choose a lightweight thread (Aurifil cotton 50wt–though you can use much thinner…) in a matching color.

I set up my machine for straight stitching with the dual feed function…(or use a walking foot).

And off I went, stitching in the ditch of all the major axes and blocks and borders.

Boxes and Vines, Stabilizing

 

FREE MOTION STABILIZING

Next, I lowered my feed dogs and attached my free motion foot.

Using the same white thread, I stitched as close as possible along both sides of the vines that fill two of the borders.Boxes and Vines, Stabilizing

STITCH ANYWHERE

Once the stabilizing was complete, I was free to quilt anywhere on the quilt without fear of the layers shifting.

I love this because I never have all the quilting planned ahead of time.  Sometimes I know what I am going to quilt in the border, but not in the center.  As long as the quilt is stabilized, it is perfectly fine to quilt the borders first.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO “POP”?

In the boxes border, I want the colorful squares to “pop”.

To achieve that, I did not add any quilting to the boxes and I quilted heavily around them.

This physically and visually lifts the squares off the quilt–creating the focal “pop”!

Boxes and Vines, Stabilizing

LITTLE BY LITTLE

I am thrilled with the progress I’ve made this week–just 15 minutes at a time here and there—time I usually waste!

What about YOU?

Did YOU take The Pledge last week?

Did YOU work on YOUR Big Project?

Are YOU ready to dive in this week?

If I can do it…anyone can!!!!

TOMORROW:  A really fun doodle tutorial!

SOON-My mom’s kolachke recipe, invisible thread, Stocking Stuffers for quilters…

Happy Big Quilts!

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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The Bricks and Blocks Machine Quilting Tutorial

 

Bricks and Blocks, Machine Quilting TutorialGood Morning, Quilters!

Are YOU a long arm quilter?  Do you stitch on a domestic sewing machine like me?  (I stitch on the beautiful BERNINA 770QE)

Do YOU quilt on a treadle machine?  (Yes, you can create gorgeous FMQ on a treadle!)

Whatever machine YOU have (assuming it’s in good working order….) You can stitch any of the tutorials offered here at The Inbox Jaunt, including today’s Bricks and Blocks machine quilting tutorial.

BRICKS AND BLOCKS

Today’s machine quilting tutorial is a great background fill motif.  Stitch the motif in a matching color to create a whimsical background or use a contrasting color thread to create a really fun fill.

This motif is easy because of the hand-drawn quality.  We will draw a few guidelines to keep our major lines straight and then toss the ruler aside as we stitch this fun design!

Don’t worry about less than perfect lines.  There are plenty of places to stop and think or move your hands (at any corner).  And if you get stuck somewhere-just echo stitch any line and begin another block.

MACHINE STITCHING BRICKS AND BLOCKS.

Use a ruler to draw several straight lines to keep things relatively straight or use a stencil to draw a grid. (I have been playing with a chalk pounce pad from Hancy--more on that soon!)

Begin stitching on the first line.  Add a rectangle or a square, stopping one stitch before the first stitch.

Bricks and Blocks, Machine Quilting TutorialStitch an angle to the right upper corner.Bricks and Blocks, Machine Quilting TutorialStitch a horizontal line from right to left-echo stitching the top line.Bricks and Blocks, Machine Quilting Tutorial

Stitch a diagonal line to the lower right corner and stitch out of the block.

Stitch another rectangle.

Bricks and Blocks, Machine Quilting TutorialComplete the next block.

To begin another row of Blocks and Bricks, echo stitch the right edge of the lower block, then begin a clockwise brick on top of the previous row.
Bricks and Blocks, Machine Quilting TutorialIt looks best to offset the rows –like bricks–so the “mortar lines” don’t all line up. To create the brick look, begin the next row with a square block instead of a rectangle.Bricks and Blocks, Machine Quilting TutorialTo add more visual interest (and more stitching fun) , occasionally add other design elements like spirals or stars or leave a block plain.

Another way to add interest is to stitch a few tall blocks.Bricks and Blocks, Machine Quilting TutorialFun!

They almost look like packages!Bricks and Blocks, Machine Quilting TutorialWouldn’t this be fun on a holiday quilt!?

Or on a boy’s quilt?

Or a military inspired quilt?

Or…

Where will YOU stitch Bricks and Blocks?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Rum-pa-pa-pum,

On my drum!

Lori

BOOKS MAKE GREAT GIFTS!

If you like this tutorial, you will love my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3—61 designs to finish your quilts with flair!

Signed copies (with a little surprise inside–just like Cracker Jack) available from my Etsy shop HERE

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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