Doodling–Adding to “The Sweep”

Doodling, Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Today we are continuing with “The Sweep” and adding on…

This may seem like a silly doodle–but it is one of the most important doodles in machine quilting.  It is an “Essential Doodle” Read more HERE.

Don’t short change this doodle–100 or 1000s of times is not too many.  Remember 1000 times will only take a few TV shows…

Quilt Doodles

Once you have the right and left “Sweep” down–that is, you are fairly comfortable with the motion…

Echo-doodle back to the center line.  Do this exercise for both the right and the left sweep.

Fill pages and pages in your notebook.

Doodling, Quilting

Then connect the left Sweep by traveling up the center line between each Sweep.

See if you can develop a little rhythm.

Doodling, Quilting

Next, doodle a few pages of the right Sweep, connecting between each one.

As you do this, you may find that one side is more natural than the other…(I can look at my samples and tell.)  Don’t fret–this is normal.  Just work on getting a nice smooth line and again, try to find a comfortable rhythm.

Doodling, Quilting

Finally,  combine right and left Sweeps to make this gorgeous leaf pattern.

Wouldn’t this be a pretty border?

Add it to a piece of stationery–lovely!

Doodling, Quilting

Once you are really comfortable…stitch it!

Even The Basic Leaf contains a variation of the Sweep.

Doodling, Quilting

Remember–the fastest way to improve your machine quilting is through doodling!

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 Sunflower Sampler Quilt-a-Long-Day 2

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Good Morning, Quilters! (and Pooches and Kitties…)

Today is Day Two of our Sunflower Sampler Quilt-a-Long.  (See Day One HERE)

Our quilt sandwich is pressed and marked with an oval and divided into eighths.

CHOOSING THREAD

I recommend using a heavy weight thread so you can really see the stitches.  40wt, 30wt, 28wt in cotton, rayon, polyester or silk are all great choices.

I decided to use cotton–it has less sheen than the other fibers and I think it will look more casual for this project.  I had two choices in my  collection:

Sulky 30wt cotton Sulky 30 Wt Cotton Thread

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And Aurifil 28wt cotton (gray spool).

I chose a light peach color.  It looks great with the fabric and will provide enough contrast to be able to see the stitches.

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Begin in the center of the oval and stitch a spiral.
Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Then begin adding scallops around the center.

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Whenever you get to the top and the bottom–stitch longer scallops to stretch the shape into an oval.

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Continue adding rows of scallops to roughly fit the drawn oval.

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

Next (and without knotting off) add a wavy line around the oval, and echo stitch the oval one or two times.

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

When you are finished, it should look roughly like this:

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ

ANOTHER OPTION

When I stitched my first Sunflower, I started with the wavy oval line and stitched in toward the center.

Notice the scallops go in-not out.

Choose whichever is easier or looks better to you.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

 

Next week we’ll add the petals.

Let me know if you have any questions…

Sunny Stitching!

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!