Welcome to the Better Machine Quilt-a-long based on my book 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting.
Today’s Topic: Six Essential Doodles for Quilters
Good Morning, Quilters!
Ooodles of Doodles…I LOVE hearing YOUR testimonies regarding the benefits of doodling! Even if your doodles aren’t pretty yet–they will be soon!
Warning–This post is JAM PACKED! Use it as a reference. We will be reviewing all of this material as we go forward! When you need a new doodle, refer to this page and the tutorials linked to each of the six essential doodles.
The Quilt Doodle Alphabet
Today’s lesson is taken from my book, More Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3.
The six doodles are not complete motifs, but are elements found in many motifs. Because these shapes are so frequently used, they are important to practice regularly. It’s like learning the quilt doodle alphabet.
The Six Essential Doodles
- The Sweep
- The Tapered Scallop
- The S-Curve
- The Curl
Practice these motifs on lined or graph paper.
This design is formed by gently “sweeping”from one line to another. Practice sweeping to the left and to the right.
The Sweep is used in The Carnation.
The Tapered Scallop
The Tapered Scallop begins on one lines curves to a parallel line and returns to the first line. Practice doodling the tapered scallop from right to left, left to right and vertically.
The S Curve begins on one line, travels above and below the line and ends on the first line. Practice doodling it horizontally and vertically. It is really two tapered scallops combined–if that makes it easier.
To create the Curl, start on one line and doodle a rounded line that begins to curl as it sweeps the parallel line. Reverse t to echo the first curl back to the starting line.
Practice right and left curls. The Curl is used in many flowers!
I LOVE Circles!
Practice doodling them in a variety of sizes and be sure to practice clockwise and counter clockwise circles!
To stitch circles, stitch each circle 1-1/2 revolutions. Practice doodling that as well.
Circles are in many motifs. Start with Dots andDashes.
Spirals take a long time to learn. Start with Messy Spirals–they are easy and will help you develop the muscle memory for more challenging versions of spirals. Make each spiral either clockwise or counterclockwise. Spiral in and then out–right over other lines, to create a round shape.
This Rose motif is a beautiful use of Messy Spirals!
MORE Doodles all Week (and for the Next 22-1/2 weeks!)
Take your time! Don’t feel rushed. Enjoy the process.
By the end of 2020-YOU will be a better quilter!
Doodle (Don’t Dust)!
Your Dame of Doodles,
PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of LoriKennedyQuilts and are intended for personal use only. Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to LKQ. For all other purposes, please contact me at Lori@LoriKennedyQuilts.com. Thanks!You might also enjoy my motif books: Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 and More Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3