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

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Doodle Holly for Best Machine Quilting Results

How to Doodle Holly, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m soooo far behind!  After our trip to Chicago, I used all my creative energy (and physical energy) decorating the house for Christmas.  My husband and I are crazy about Christmas. We have an entire storage room dedicated to lights, wreaths, candles, ornaments, linens, art work, vases………..That’s a lot of trips up and down the stairs!

Unfortunately, I did not get to the Tuesday Tutorial….

Fortunately,  BERNINA’s blog, We All Sew is featuring my Pine Bough and Holly tutorial today-including a short video of the stitching process.

It’s fun to watch and I think it is very helpful for many people to see the video as well as to have the step-outs.

How to Doodle Holly, Lori Kennedy

DOODLE FIRST

Of course, you should DOODLE FIRST!

Doodling is the fastest way to learn a motif and create the muscle memory required for smooth stitching.

If you hesitate for a fraction of a second while stitching-the line will be less fluid.

The more you doodle, the better your quilting will look!

How to Doodle Holly, Lori Kennedy

Once you know how to doodle the Holly and Pine Bough, use the motif to decorate your notepad, or Christmas packages, or stationery….

How to Doodle Holly, Lori Kennedy

Remember when it comes to doodling, 

and candy and people and presents and Christmas decorations

The More, The Merrier!

Signed,

Lori Claus

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!

How to Doodle–Braided Wheat

 

Doodle Lessons, Braided Wheat

Good Morning, Quilters!

We’re doodling again!

Several weeks ago we worked on The Sweep–An Essential Quilt Doodle.

Quilt Doodles

Then we doodle variations, including leaves

Sweep Doodles, Lori Kennedy

And other variationsdoodles-fmq-lorikennedy001

Today, we are going to turn The Sweep into Braided Wheat by adding a loop in between the pairs of sweeps.

Begin with the basic Sweep.

Add a loop on the center line.

Doodle the left sweep ending below the loop.

Cross over–above the loop to begin the next sweep.

Doodle Lessons, Braided Wheat

Continue to the other side.

Doodle Lessons, Braided Wheat

This only looks complicated.

If you doodle it step-by-step it is easy!

And it’s a doodle that has a nice rocking rhythm–which makes all doodling and quilting easier! Doodle Lessons, Braided Wheat

What do YOU think?

Is this YOUR new favorite doodle?

If not, what Do-you-doodle?

We’d LOVE to hear!

I’m a Yankee DOODLE Dandy…

Stuck a feather in my hat….

Lori

PS…YOU will have to sing that for three days now before it goes out of your head–LOL!!!

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!