Better Quilting Through Doodling–Trees


Tree Quilt motif, How to doodle a Christmas Tree
Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

It’s time for another Doodle Lesson…because we all know…”If you can doodle it, you can quilt it!”

Doodling is the fastest way to improve your machine quilting skills–and it’s fun, too!

Today we are doodling Christmas Trees.

Start with the basic shape–nothing fancy and don’t worry about symmetry.

Tree Quilt motif, How to doodle a Christmas Tree

Next, divide some of the trees with simple lines.

Tree Quilt motif, How to doodle a Christmas Tree

Fill the trees with doodling.

Use Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 for ideas like Easy Loops or Pebbles.How to Doodle Christmas treesSee how many variations YOU can design!
How to Doodle Christmas trees

We are just getting started.  Next week we will use our favorite trees to create a variety of compositions.

Oh Tannenbaum! How whimsical are thy branches!

Your Tree Trimming Friend,

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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From Doodle to Stitch


Doodles, Flowers
Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Last week, I traveled for the first time to Houston for Quilt Market and when we arrived we realized we were in for a special treat–the Astros were playing in the World Series just a few steps from our hotel!  The city was abuzz with Astro Fever and Quiltmania!   The streets were jammed with quilters carrying bags of fabric and notions and baseball fans sporting their teams colors.   The excitement and energy were palpable!

As I was doing a quilt demo and book signing, a reporter and camera crew came along.  They were doing a segment comparing quilting and baseball!  It is a fun, short video…see if you recognize my free motion quilting!?

World Series of Quilting

Doodles, Flowers

TWENTY MINUTES QUILT EXERCISE

Do you remember this Doodle Lesson?  

We glued a piece of fabric to our notebook and used it to jumpstart a doodle design.

LilQuilter shared  this idea and the article from Machine Quilting Unlimited  

Take the doodle one step beyond.  Add the fabric slice to a quilt sandwich and quilt the design!

Doodles, Flowers

Have fun with this exercise.  Spend at least twenty minutes–the average amount of time it takes to move from left brain (logical and analytical) to right brain (intuitive).

See what develops!

What about YOU?

Do YOU ever just play and experiment with machine quilting?

What works for YOU?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

Little League 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!

Machine Quilting Quick Tip! Plan Your Quilting with a Vinyl Sheet!

 

Machine Quilt Design TipsGood Morning, Quilters!

After a week away–teaching at the John C Campbell Folk School and at Quilt Market in Houston– it seems fitting that this week, I am working on the I Heart Home Quilt with Jacquelynne Steves.  (Stay tuned for another block of the month pattern and giveaway– Monday, November 6)…

CREATING A QUILTING PLAN

To plan the quilting, I tried a method suggested by a reader of The Inbox Jaunt— doodle the motifs on a sheet of clear vinyl.

Machine Quilt Design Tips

I purchased 12 gauge clear vinyl by the yard at my local fabric store.  I cut a large square and zig zagged a fabric border around it.

(The trim helps you see the edge so you don’t write off the edge and onto your quilt!)

When I was teaching last week, a student at the Folk School (thank you, Susan!) recommended adding “Do Not Write” on one side to prevent residual ink getting on your quilt.

(Unfortunately, I failed to heed the notice–LOL!)Machine Quilt Design Tips

I experimented with both Dry Erase and Wet Erase pens and found both worked equally well.Machine Quilt Design Tips

AUDITIONING MOTIFS

Once I had my vinyl prepared and chose a pen, I was ready to try a few designs.

I was able to erase and start over very quickly.

I auditioned several options and soon had a plan.
Machine Quilt Design TipsMachine Quilt Design TipsThen I used chalk to free hand draw it onto my quilt.

(I like the Dritz chalk holder for marking)Design Tips, Lori KennedyIn just a few minutes I was ready to stitch away!!!
Machine Quilt Design TipsI am really thrilled with this low tech way to audition quilt motifs and hope you will give it a try as well!

What about YOU?

How do YOU audition quilt motifs?

Have YOU ever used clear vinyl sheets?

Do YOU have another method?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Doodling Away,

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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