Good Morning, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!
Welcome back to our ongoing series: Build a Rock Solid Routine for Free Motion Quilting
So far in this series:
- You found your sewing machine manual
- You collected all your free motion quilt supplies in one place.
- Your machine is oiled and ready-all set up for Free Motion Quilting...
- You have a stack of backings, battings and tops all waiting to stitch…
- You’ve chosen several motifs from The Tuesday Tutorial library...
Time to stitch?
There’s just one more thing to do: DOODLE!
IMPROVE YOUR FLUENCY WITH DOODLING
Does your free motion quilting lack fluency?
Are there areas where the stitches are too long? too short? or lack overall smoothness?
Every time you pause to think about where to travel while free motion quilting-even for a nano-second–your stitching will lack smoothness.
These “stutter stitches” occur when your hands are still moving, but your brain is stalled…
The best way to avoid stutter stitches?
Practice the motif on paper–DOODLE!
HOW TO DOODLE
- Pick a motif you love.
- Follow the photos and draw each step-by-step.
- Repeat several times (10x or 100x) until you don’t need to refer to the photos.
- Continue doodling the motif until you “own it”.
- Doodle the motif much larger and much smaller. (See “Free Motion Quilting: Playing with Scale”.)
- Finally, choose the size for YOUR quilt and doodle it for several minutes.
- This whole process should take less than 20 minutes.
STITCH THE DOODLE
As soon as possible, test drive the motif on a quilt sandwich.
Stitch it several times. If everything looks great–add it to your next quilt.
If not, doodle it again tomorrow and try stitching it again.
NOTE: I have no scientific evidence, but I have noticed that sleep–sub-conscience work–helps develop muscle memory.
When I’m struggling with a motif and walk away it often “comes to me” the next day without effort.
It seems that two-30 minute sessions with a nap or night’s rest in between is more beneficial than one-60 minute session.
Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon?
Doodle AND Stitch!
May your stitches be happy,
PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only. Feel free to share, re-blog, pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt. For all other purposes, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!