I Love Home BOM and Fabric Giveaway!

Good Morning, Quilters!

We have lots of FREE quilting today!

CRAFTSY ALL YOU CAN VIEW DAY

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Be sure to check out my machine quilting classes:

Divide and Conquer:  Creative Machine Quilting

Creative Free Motion Techniques:  From Doodle to Design

“I LOVE HOME” BLOCK OF THE MONTH GIVEAWAY

Win! Win! Win! a fat quarter bundle of this gorgeous fabric by Sarah J. Maxwell!

It is time for our September “I Love Home” Block of the Month giveaway–and time to start quilting Block 2.

BLOCK TWO PATTERN

Pop over to Jacquelynne Steve’s Art of Home to download the pattern.

For my quilt, I changed the color way so I can add the house pattern in free motion quilting.

Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block One

 

TIME TO DOODLE

The best time to begin planning the machine quilting is while you are piecing the blocks.  I like to draw the shapes to be quilted onto a note pad and doodle quilt ideas while I’m watching TV.

It’s a great way to try out ideas before stitching.

DOODLE IDEAS

I recommend you draw the basic house and then look at different motifs to decorate. (HINT:  There are a wide variety of motifs available in Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3:  Easy Loops, Scallops, Hearts, Tulips, Dizzy Daisy, The Basic House, Trees…. Get a signed copy (along with a little surprise) from my Etsy shop HERESLEEP ON IT

It is best to doodle on several different days.  The first design is rarely the best design and by working over several sessions, you allow your subconscious to work on it as well!

WIN! WIN! WIN!

To win the fabric bundle,please leave a comment.  Tell me…Do YOU doodle before you machine quilt?  Has YOUR subconscious ever solved a problem or helped you with a design?  Do you do your own quilting?  Or just say “Hi!”

(To leave a comment, click on this comment symbol next to the blog post title…It looks like this:  (it may have a different number)

MORE CHANCES TO WIN

See more about Block Two and earn more chances to win by visiting these fabulous quilters:

 

KEEPING BUSY

That is a lot of quilting to keep you busy!

Speaking of busy…I’m off to Madison, Wisconsin for The Quilt Expo!  Please join me for a little machine quilting.  I will be demo-ing (is that a word?)  a variety of machine quilting motifs each day at 11:30.  Hope to see YOU there!

Signed,

The Happy Home-Doodler,

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!

 

 

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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!

 

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

PS…Check out my Craftsy videos–50% OFF—Limited Time Only–Offer Expires April 15, 2017

(Click photo to link to special class prices–discount applied at checkout)

Doodle to Design, Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

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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!