Doodling Stars

Doodling, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Our Tuesday Machine Quilting Tutorial was Building Blocks--a great background motif with the flexibility to add a wide variety of motifs within the blocks to create more interest.

One of my favorite add-ons is The Star.  

MACHINE QUILTED STARS

I love stars!

Stars work on so many quilts-from Traditional to Modern, Baby to Adult, Patriotic Quilts, Halloween Quilts…

I can’t think of quilt that couldn’t use a star!

The only problem….stars are challenging to free hand…

Well–they were until now!  Now we have a doodle lesson to the rescue!

The trick is…

Draw the stars in a square until you develop the muscle memory to work outside the box!

HOW TO DOODLE A STAR

Begin by drawing a square.  Don’t get out a ruler–we are going for a hand drawn look.  As soon as you pull out a ruler–you won’t be having fun.  Perfection is not our goal…just pretty good will be fine!

Approximately 1/3 from the top line, begin drawing a horizontal line, a triangle and another horizontal line.

Easy!  Everyone can do this!

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Next, angle down toward the middle of the square.

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Draw a narrow triangle into the right lower corner.

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Add another narrow triangle into the left lower corner.

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Then close the star by connecting to left horizontal line.

Perfect!  Or not perfect!  Either way–it will look great!

No two stars are alike–but they still look fabulous!

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DOODLE, DOODLE, DOODLE

Practice doodling the star several minutes at a time over the next few weeks.  Add it to the Building Blocks.

Later this month we will learn a more challenging pattern using Stars!

Flag quilt--Free Motion Quilting

Flag quilt--Free Motion Quilting

Perhaps an evening walk to inspire you and to help #losethosefatquarters?

Quilt-Doodle-Move!

Lori

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Race Car Mini Quilt

Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Did anyone have time to try The Building Blocks tutorial from yesterday?

I used it to complete a small sample I had on hand.

This small quilt includes:

The Race Car

Grid Pop

The Jigsaw Puzzle

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What motifs will YOU combine?

I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Racing around,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy@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!

Building Blocks-A FREE Machine Quilting Tutorial

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I trust you had a happy Memorial Day!

Did you #losethosefatquarters?  Move More?  Eat Less?

I will confess my weekend was a mixed bag -Move More + Eat More…but I’m back on track today!

We’re building new attitudes…#No Excuses!

THE BUILDING BLOCKS MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Today’s tutorial is very similar to the Bricks tutorial, but I think it looks different enough to warrant its own tutorial.

Building Blocks would make a great border, all-over or fill pattern and it could be used to fill in the square corners of any border.

This motif scales to any size–from very large to very small.  In the samples below, the grid is 1-1/2 inch by 1-1/2 inch.

Begin by drawing a grid.  You can use a ruler or a grid stencil.  I used a ruler for this size.

The squares will be stitched clockwise then counter-clockwise.  Each square is 1-1/2 revolutions.

Begin on the left side of the grid and stitch one full clockwise revolution, with rounded edges.

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Offset the stitches, and stitch over the top to begin the next square–counterclockwise.

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Continue stitching counter clockwise.  As you finish the second square, there will be three parallel lines between the motifs.

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The next square will be counter-clockwise…

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At the corner, stitch a full revolution and a 3/4 revolution…machine quilting, Lori Kennedy

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Before you begin the next row….

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Continue stitching the grid.

DOODLE FIRST

This is an easy motif to stitch, once you see the pattern.  Draw a grid on paper and DOODLE FIRST!

Plain Building Blocks create a gorgeous texture–with a very hand drawn feeling.

This Background motif is very Modern, but I think it would look great on a traditional quilt as well.

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EMBELLISHED BUILDING BLOCKS

Once you master the Building Blocks, consider adding embellishments along the way.

The designs can be added once the full square is stitched.

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Add the interior design, then exit the square and continue around the Block to the next motif.

Small Sailboats or Fish would be great!

Spirals are great!

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Or add letters…

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Or my favorite, Stars!

We will be doodling stars on Thursday…

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Be creative–anything would look cute once you have The Building Blocks!

Speaking of creative…

Try one of my Craftsy classes at 50% off…(shameless self promotion….)

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Lots more quilting this week!

But get your steps in first!!!

Happy, Healthy Quilting,

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!