Doodle Quilt Design

Doodle Quilt Design, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

It’s been a long time since we doodled!  I’ve been spending a lot of creative energy on a big project…I’ll tell you more tomorrow…consequently,

I haven’t been doing my doodling homework!

I hope YOU have been doodling!

DOODLING A BABY QUILT

All good quilting begins with a plan.

And a lot of doodling!

I recently designed a stitched a baby quilt for my friend’s granddaughter.  

After filling pages and pages, this was my final “draft”.  I still made a lot of changes in the final quilt, but I started with this basic framework and idea.

Whole Cloth Baby Quilt, Lori Kennedy

DOODLING YOUR OWN QUILT

Today’s Doodle Lesson…

Start with a basic framework–just four wavy lines.

Doodle Quilt Design, Lori Kennedy

Double up a few of the lines–or all of them.

Doodle Quilt Design, Lori Kennedy

Then choose some of your favorite motifs and start filling in the lines.

Don’t over think it…

Doodle Quilt Design, Lori Kennedy

Once you have one draft completed, see what works and what you’d might want to change.

And start another…

Doodle Quilt Design, Lori Kennedy

And another,

And another,

The first one is almost NEVER the best one!

Are YOU inspired to quilt one?

We’d LOVE to hear!

And to see!

Have fun doodling–and don’t be afraid to ruin a few pages in your sketchbook!

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!

 

American Graffiti

 

American Graffiti Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

While working on my pile of unfinished quilts, I came upon the Eagle above.  I used it as a practice piece to test drive motifs for the Traditional Eagle Quilt below.

The Eagle-Free Motion Quilting

It didn’t have much quilting on it…

So I filled in the spaces with a wide variety of quilting including a little lettering.

American Graffiti Quilt, Lori Kennedy

In the end, I’m not sure which quilt I like better–Two very different styles, but the Graffiti Eagle keeps one looking longer!American Graffiti Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Ruby sure likes it!

American Graffiti Quilt, Lori Kennedy

By the way, what’s with dogs, cats and quilts?!

So which quilt do YOU prefer?  Graffiti Eagle or Traditional Eagle?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Mixing it up in Minnesota,

Lori

PS…Both of these quilts were stitched with Aurifil thread in the bobbin (great for lock stitching with slippery threads on top)  and Sulky Rayon 40 wt on top–on my BERNINA 770QE (dream machine!).

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.

The Apple Core-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

You know what they say…an “Apple a Day…”

Winter apples…well…sometimes it’s easier to quilt an apple a day!

Wouldn’t these look adorable on a table runner?

THE APPLE CORE-MACHINE QUILT TUTORIAL

The easiest way to stitch Apple Cores is by drawing them first–at least until you’ve practiced a few times.

Begin by drawing a rectangle 3″ by 4″ wide.  (Any size that fits YOUR quilt will work too!)

Draw two scallops approximately 3/4 inch below the top line and along the bottom line:

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Add three scallops just below the top scallops and just above the bottom row of scallops.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Place a small “X” in the middle of the left-sided scallops and connect the “X”s with a curve line.

Repeat on the left side.

Draw a stem and leaf on top if desired. (very lightly shown below).

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Begin stitching on the left side of the apple.  Stitch the top scallop, the stem, a leaf and the right scallop.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the three scallops and trace back to the “X”.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the left side of the apple and the bottom scallops.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy Stitch the lower three scallops, then echo stitch back to stitch the right side of the apple.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch the top scallops to the center, drop down and stitch a few petal shapes.Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch to the bottom, echo stitch to the left side of the apple and all the way around.Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Delicious! (if not nutritious!)
Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

In no time at all you’ll have more than accomplished your quota of apples for the day!

Careful…A bushel a day does NOT keep the doctor away!

May your stitches be Gala!

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona fabric on my BERNINA 770QE (with a humungous bobbin!) using Aurifil cotton 50wt thread in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon (think luster!) on top using a Superior Size 90 Topstitch needle (very large eye and deep shank.)

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!