Doodling Our Way to Feathers

 

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

We have more than 125 FREE step-by-step machine quilting tutorials here at The Inbox Jaunt.

However, there are two notable exceptions….

There is no tutorial for Stippling and Meandering…I’ve written about  Why So Many of Us Can’t Stipple or Meander HERE

And we don’t have a tutorial for quilted feathers…I LOVE feathers, but I have tried to stick with original tutorials.

However, I have heard YOUR requests…so this year I will add a few Feather Tutorials.

START WITH DOODLING

Like all motifs, good Feathers start with doodling.  So pour yourself a cup of tea and let’s doodle!

Start with The Sweep doodle tutorial HERE.

Quilt DoodlesKeep your pen moving  with Adding to The Sweep doodle tutorial.

Quilt Doodles

THE PRECURSOR TO FULL FEATHERS

Once you are comfortable with The Sweep we are ready to move on… learning the rounded part of feathers-The Curl.

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

THE SWEEP AND CURL

As you sweep from the center line to the right line, curl around.

Practice for several minutes.

That may be enough for one doodling session.

Repeat this over several days.

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Then add an echo line on the inside of the Sweep with Curl.

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Take your time and don’t be discouraged if this takes many, many days.

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

ADD THE LEFT SWEEP AND CURL

Once you are comfortable with the right Sweep and Curl, repeat the process on the left side.

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Next, connect the Sweep and Curls along the centerline.

Wouldn’t that be a nice Valentine’s Day motif?

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

THIRTY DAY DOODLE CHALLENGE

Are you up for a challenge?  Doodle every day this month for 15 minutes–Your machine quilting will be greatly improved by March 1st–I GUARANTEE IT!!!

More quilting, doodling, photography, and a some exciting NEWS…

It’s going to be a FABULOUS FEBRUARY!

Lori

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Doodle to Design, Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

Craftsy Title Card

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!

 

 

Heart Leaf Border

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy, Heart Leaf

Good Morning, Quilters!

Was I in hibernation?  Where did January go???

We are on the heels of February already and we will continue our Flower of the Month free motion quilting.

(In case you slept through January, too…you can find The Carnation–the January flower HERE

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Our February flower (The Violet–coming mid-February) has a heart-shaped leaf and I thought you might want to incorporate this motif into your Valentine’s Day quilting.

THE HEART LEAF

Begin by drawing three parallel lines.  In the samples below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the middle line.  Stitch a small clockwise curl.

Reverse direction and stitch a tapered leaf.

Stitch the mirror image on the left side.

Stitch a small counter-clockwise curl.

Echo stitch the curl back to the center line.

Add a curvy line through the center of the leaf and begin the next leaf with a small cur.

After completing the entire row of Heart Leaves, echo stitch both sides of the leaf for more emphasis.

This motif stands alone–a very easy leaf–and it will look great when we combine it with the Wood Violet Flower later in February….

Hope your hibernation is over and YOU are ready to quilt!

Are YOU 1/12 of the way through YOUR New Year’s goals?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

PS…Check out my Craftsy videos–50% OFF—Limited Time Only–Offer Expires April 15, 2017

(Click photo to link to special class prices–discount applied at checkout)

Doodle to Design, Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

Craftsy Title Card

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

Machine Quilting Valentine’s Day–Round Up

Good Morning, Quilters!

Do you LOVE Valentine’s Day?

From my earliest schooldays–when we got to decorate a Kleenex “mailboxes” with doilies -I have LOVED everything associated with Valentine’s Day.

Here is a round-up of Valentine’s motifs– (more coming in the next two weeks)

Spiral Heart Border

Spiral Heart Border

Doodle Heart

Free Motion Quilted Heart

Heart Leaf Vine

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Double Heart Vine

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, Double Heart Leaf Vine

Extra Sweetheart Border

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Here is a little quilt I made for my mother–with one of her favorite songs…

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

One of my earliest “doodle quilts”:

Free Motion Quilting, Hearts

If YOU are planning to make a quilt for YOUR Valentine–

Remember to DOODLE FIRST!

Doodle, Valentines, Zentangle

And while you’re at it—make a few cards for your sweethearts…

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

Plain envelopes with red markers or white gel pens on brown paper…

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

What about YOU?

Do you LOVE Valentine’s Day?

Do YOU love to doodle? (I hope so….)

Do YOU love to machine quilt?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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!