What is the Best Way to Doodle? Open Line Friday

 

Boogie Board

Good Morning, Quilters!

What is the best way to doodle? My favorite way to doodle is on paper…any paper.

I doodle in sketchbooks, on newspapers, on envelopes. Any paper that dares get near my pen–watch out!

But…recently, I found a new way to doodle–a Boogie Board!

The Boogie Board is described as Liquid Crystal Paper.  Doodling is easy and everything erases with a click of the button.  The Boogie Board is not new, but the “blackboard” size is a recent addition to the line.  There are a variety of sizes including several designed for children that look great for learning penmanship or math facts.  The prices range from $12 to $45.

What I like most about the Boogie Board is how the pen and writing surface feel–they feel very natural. The liquid crystal paper has a nice “tooth”– it is not too slippery.

 

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

 

We’ve been practicing our Tree Doodles HERE and HERE

This would be a great way to practice any motif and quickly erase, without the need to waste paper.
Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

PRACTICE DOODLING RIGHT OVER YOUR QUILT

The Boogie Board can be placed right over your quilt to audition motifs.

Perfect!
Boogie Board

HINTS

If you draw something you want to save…you have to take a photo of it.  There is a cell phone app to store and organize your doodles, but I haven’t tried it yet.

The Boogie Board has an eraser feature to erase part of a drawing.  In my opinion, it doesn’t work that well.

Quilt Applications:  This method is really best for practice doodles and to audition motifs.

OPEN LINE FRIDAY

What about YOU?

What’s YOUR favorite way to doodle?

Have YOU ever tried the Boogie Board?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Your Doodle Darling,

Lori

PS…Craftsy is on SALE!!! All classes less than $20!  (excludes Start up Library and The Great courses.)

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…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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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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Half an Apple-Doodle Lessons

 

How to doodle an apple

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers (Sometimes known as Quoodlers)!

Welcome to another episode in the very important (and sometimes serious) series, Better Quilting Through Doodling.

If you’re new here at The Inbox Jaunt, you may want to check out some of our Doodle Lessons HERE.

Doodling is an essential part of machine quilting. 

If  your doodles are smooth, your quilting line will be smooth….and, unfortunately, vice versa…

You must be able to doodle a motif on paper — in order to be able to quilt it on fabric.

Apple, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

MACHINE QUILTING AN APPLE

The Tuesday Tutorial this week was The Sweetheart Apple-an adorable fall motif.

So let’s doodle our way through the Apple (we’ll doodle the embellishment another day.)

DOODLE-A-DAY-KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY

Begin by doodling the left side of the Apple many, many times.

Draw along the bottom line and the draw the letter “C” from the bottom to the top.

Add a slight “dip” at the top of the “C” –as the core of the apple.

How to doodle an apple

Next, doodle the right side of the Apple,  start from the top and doodle a backward “C”.

Trace along the bottom line.

Some of mine look kind of weird…

How to doodle an apple

Don’t stop at one page…doodle as many pages as it takes to get the feeling of it.

It would not be unusual for me to doodle a motif 100 times…

How to doodle an apple

Once you get the feel of the motif (you’re developing muscle memory here), put the two sides of the Apple together in a fluid movement if possible.  (Starting to look delicious and nutritious!)

How to doodle an apple

Once you have the basic Apple, then the fun begins with leaves and hearts and flowers…

How to doodle an apple

And taffy and nuts and….

How to doodle an apple

Happy Quoodling!

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!