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!

More Sweep Doodles-Leaves

Sweep Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Today is a doodle day!

Last time we had Doodle Class, we were working on one of the essential quilt doodles,  The Sweep

Once you are comfortable with basic right and left Sweeps,

Add on to the Sweep here

Be sure to review both of these lessons before beginning today’s lesson.

THE SWEEP BECOMES A LEAF

Sweep Doodles, Lori Kennedy

To make this lovely leaf,

Begin by doodling the basic sweep (lower of the two doodles below)

Then “Sweep” back-from right to left with a shallow “sweep”.

Sweep Doodles, Lori KennedyWhen you combine the two lines…they make a leaf.

Sweep Doodles, Lori KennedyOnce you feel comfortable with the right leaf,

Doodle a page of left leaves.

Sweep Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Start with the lower doodle and add the upper doodle from the photo below….

Sweep Doodles, Lori KennedyRepeat several Leaves to create a vine.

Sweep Doodles, Lori KennedyNext, alternate right and left leaves for a new design.

Sweep Doodles, Lori Kennedy

For more detail, add a loop inside each leaf…

Sweep Doodles, Lori KennedyAnd alternate right and left to create this gorgeous vine.

Sweep Doodles, Lori KennedyAny one of these motifs would be perfect for a quilt border.

Choose YOUR favorite and go right to the sewing machine!

Leaf-LOVE,

Lori

Tomorrow:  Let’s ALL share tips for quilting The Big Quilt on The Little Machine–Open Line Friday!

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!