Doodle Thursday–Staggered Circles

Circle Doodles, Lori Kennedy 

Good Morning, Quilters!

Wasn’t it fun to see Jana’s amazing quilting on her treadle sewing machine!?  Thank you to all of those who wrote in about another treadle quilter, Tim Latimer of TimQuilts.com.  His quilts are also beautiful!  I know many of you have treadle machines–it might be a fun thing to try in the new year!

NEW YEAR-NEW GOALS

My 2018 calendar is starting to fill up!  Two daughters are getting married–which means two wedding quilts!  Book Two…More Free Motion Machine Quilting  will be launched sometime this spring and I have started writing Book 3.

I will continue writing for American Quilter Magazine (Subscribe HERE) and I have a new gig writing for the Craftsy Quilting blog.  Check out my first post:  What is Free-Motion Quilting? Plus 3 Steps to Get Started  –but then again, most of YOU could have written that post!

BACK TO BASICS

Musicians play the scales. Athletes lift weights.  Machine quilters doodle.  These are the drills that elevate our craft.  January is a great time to focus more attention on doodling.  Doodle every day!  Doodle every where!  Doodle often for short periods of time.

START WITH CIRCLES

This week, doodle circles.

I drew a series of lines one inch apart and staggered circles along the lines.  This will help you learn spacing, and improve your circle and spiral motifs.

Circle Doodles, Lori KennedyNext, fill in the circles with simple lines.  Do YOU think you could quilt this?


Circle Doodles, Lori Kennedy
Finally, see how many different ways you can fill the circles.

Really challenge yourself to create a variety of designs.
Circle Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Look through a book or a magazine for more ideas.  ( I found this vintage children’s book in the $1 bin at my local library!)Vintage Childrens Book

When you have time, give one of YOUR new doodles a quick spin on your sewing machine–treadle or computerized!

What about YOU?

Have YOU started a doodle habit?

Have YOU designed a quilting motif?

Has doodling improved YOUR quilting?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Your Doodle Diarist,

Lori

PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

PPS…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 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!

New Respect for Doodling

 

House Doodles

Good Morning, Quilter-Doodlers!

I love it when I see articles about Doodling in major publications like the Wall Street Journal HERE.  Finally–doodling is getting the respect it deserves.  It has been shown to improve focus and memory!

Of course, that’s not why we doodle…

Sewing Doodles

We don’t care about focus and memory…not as much as we care about…

QUILTS!

Doodles, Quilts, Flowers

And we all know that doodling is the fastest way to improve our machine quilting!

Don’t know how to get started?

Start with our FREE Doodle Lessons HERE

Circle Doodles

What about YOU?

Do YOU have a “Doodle Testimonial” you could share?

Are YOU interested in more “Doodle Lessons” this fall?

Do YOU doodle every day?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Quoodles and Toodles,

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!Doodle to Design, Craftsy, Lori Kennedy