Half an Apple-Doodle Lessons

 

How to doodle an apple

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers (Sometimes known as Quoodlers)!

Welcome to another episode in the very important (and sometimes serious) series, Better Quilting Through Doodling.

If you’re new here at The Inbox Jaunt, you may want to check out some of our Doodle Lessons HERE.

Doodling is an essential part of machine quilting. 

If  your doodles are smooth, your quilting line will be smooth….and, unfortunately, vice versa…

You must be able to doodle a motif on paper — in order to be able to quilt it on fabric.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

MACHINE QUILTING AN APPLE

The Tuesday Tutorial this week was The Sweetheart Apple-an adorable fall motif.

So let’s doodle our way through the Apple (we’ll doodle the embellishment another day.)

DOODLE-A-DAY-KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY

Begin by doodling the left side of the Apple many, many times.

Draw along the bottom line and the draw the letter “C” from the bottom to the top.

Add a slight “dip” at the top of the “C” –as the core of the apple.

How to doodle an apple

Next, doodle the right side of the Apple,  start from the top and doodle a backward “C”.

Trace along the bottom line.

Some of mine look kind of weird…

How to doodle an apple

Don’t stop at one page…doodle as many pages as it takes to get the feeling of it.

It would not be unusual for me to doodle a motif 100 times…

How to doodle an apple

Once you get the feel of the motif (you’re developing muscle memory here), put the two sides of the Apple together in a fluid movement if possible.  (Starting to look delicious and nutritious!)

How to doodle an apple

Once you have the basic Apple, then the fun begins with leaves and hearts and flowers…

How to doodle an apple

And taffy and nuts and….

How to doodle an apple

Happy Quoodling!

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!

The John C. Campbell Folk School-A Week in Review

John C Campbell Folk School, Free Motion Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

I am still unpacking from a week in the beautiful Smoky Mountains at the John C. Campbell Folk School.  As I unpack, and sort through the photos-I have a chance to reflect on the inspiring week.

We were surrounded by the natural beauty of North Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains.

John C Campbell Folk School, Free Motion Quilting

Our classroom was spacious and filled with natural light.

John C Campbell Folk School, Free Motion Quilting

We worked hard…

John C Campbell Folk School, Free Motion Quilting

John C Campbell Folk School, Free Motion Quilting

And learned a lot!

(I learned the real meaning of “Bless your heart…”)

And more tips that I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks.

John C Campbell Folk School, Free Motion Quilting

We stitched a lot!

John C Campbell Folk School, Free Motion Quilting

John C Campbell Folk School, Free Motion Quilting

And found that with no previous experience-you CAN learn to FMQ in FIVE DAYS!!!!

It just takes focus and determination.

John C Campbell Folk School, Free Motion Quilting

It wasn’t all work…

John C Campbell Folk School, Free Motion Quilting

There was plenty of time for fun and games!

John C Campbell Folk School, Free Motion Quilting

The BEST thing  of all….

The people you meet!

Inspired,

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!

The Sweetheart Apple-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m back from the most fabulous trip to The John C. Campbell Folk School. Later this week,  I will tell you all about the Folk School and the amazing students.  But there’s work first—we have to pick apples!

Apples are the quintessential fall motif.  They represent the bounty of autumn, back-to-school, good health…

There’s an apple for every appetite (and every quilt!)

THE SWEETHEART APPLE – A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing any size square.  For the example here, the squares are 2-1/2 inches.

Begin stitching along the bottom line.  Stitch to the center of the bottom line.

Stitch the letter “C” from bottom, up.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add a short stem line, stitch over 2 – 3 stitches and stitch to the middle of the stem line.  Stop.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add a simple leaf, then continue down the stem.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add a backward “C” to complete the right side of the apple.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a vertical line up the center of the apple, then closely echo stitch the right side of the centerline.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add a spiral.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Spiral to the outside–closely echo stitching the previous line.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Cross the centerline to stitch the left spiral.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Closely echo stitch the outside of the spiral. Stitch under the Apple with a wavy to begin the next motif in the row or knot off for a single motif.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Yum!–Add a little peanut butter or caramel…

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good enough for YOUR sweetheart!

What about YOU?

Do YOU love apples?

What’s YOUR favorite?

#anappleaday

#perfectsnack

Signed,

Lori Appleseed

PS…Later this evening, I will be participating in a FREE Sulky Webinar-on doodling, machine quilting, thread, pattern transfer and so much more–and it includes a Giveaway, coupons, and free patterns.

Even if you can’t make the live presentation, sign up for all the freebies and coupons!

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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!

PPS…This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE (a domestic sewing machine) with Sulky 30 wt Rayon thread on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.