The $7 Better Quilting Challenge
Today’s Topic: The $7 Better Quilting Challenge
Good Morning, Quilters!
Would YOU pay $7 to become a better quilter?
What if I told you that for just $7-and a money back guarantee-YOU could become a substantially better quilter? Would YOU join me in a 100 day challenge?
The Doodle Habit
For those of you who have followed Lori Kennedy Quilts or taken any of my classes, you know that I think doodling is one of the most important habits any free motion quilter can develop.
Doodling helps hand-eye coordination and muscle memory for quilting, but it does so much more!
Doodling also helps you:
- determine the quilting path or the most efficient way to travel between motifs
- play with motif combinations
- choose the best scale or size of motif for your quilt
- become more creative
The $7 Better Quilting Challenge
For the price of a ream of copy paper ($7) YOU can become a better quilter through doodling!
Here’s the challenge-over the next 100 days, fill a ream of paper with doodles. When inspiration strikes-try quilting your doodles.
That’s it! If YOU do that, I personally guarantee YOU will be a better quilter in 100 days.
That’s just 5 sheets per day–and if you miss a day–get on it! Just like laundry, if you miss a day, you have double-duty the next day!
Fill the page or most of the page.
Don’t think too much–just make marks. Scribble if you must, but keep your pen moving!
Do not judge your doodles! This is the most important rule!
Initial and date every page.
Save EVERYTHING–even if you hate it! (We will sort later.)
Try a variety of pens, pencils to find your favorites
Don’t worry about creating continuous lines for all the doodles-we will learn more about that later.
Do not judge your doodles! (I know I’m repeating myself!)
Not sure what to doodle? Try one of these exercises: Best Doodle Lessons
Or type “doodle” in the search function here on LKQ. And of course, my Free Motion Quilting books are filled with motif ideas!!
Better Quilting Through Doodling
This challenge is extremely important in your development as a quilter whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced.
Extensive doodling like this will get the ideas flowing and keep them flowing. It will allow you to break free of judgement and move into creativity.
When you work quickly and regularly you will tap into the intuitive part of your brain.
Just get your pen moving and don’t worry that you are “wasting paper”! Think of it as a $7 investment in your quilting education. At the end of the 100 days of doodling, we will sort the pages–then and only then–will you be allowed to toss some of the pages.
When inspiration strikes (and it will sooner or later) quilt your doodles!
Are YOU ready to become a better quilter?
Will YOU join me in this challenge?
Do YOU have a stack of quilt sandwiches at the ready for when inspiration strikes?
We’d LOVE to hear!
Your Doodle Diva,
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91 responses to “The $7 Better Quilting Challenge”
What a great idea! I’m in! I have a trip planned but I can take paper and pen along !
I’m in! Great idea. Thank you Lori 💕
I’m in for the challenge!!!! Also Lori would you have some ideal for a quilt with a lot of circles. I don’t want same design in all the circles. It is 33 different purples in the quilt with a lot of flowers. Any suggestions?
I enjoyed the classes that I did get to take with you attending folk school.
I’ll do this too! I’m a natural, almost unconscience doodle-er – any blank surface is fair game – my grocery lists are fancified. This though is a purposeful exercise … I wonder where it may take us.
I do have sandwiches at ready in a neat stack hidden under the sewing table. Tip: when full and no longer needed I cut some into circles for padding between dishes.
I’m in. Great idea, thank you.
Thank you for this offer. A good start in this new year. Hartelijke groet uit België
Ian willing to take the challenge as well!
Oh yes please!
On a long arm tho 😏
I’ve read this post several times and I don’t see a start date or where to sign up. Did I miss anything?
I just found a new ream of paper so I am starting. I don’t naturally doodle. I never have. However, I know that when I doodle a design from one of Lori’s books I get better at quilting that design. So, I am going to try the challenge.
I’m in. I have started doodling since I started reading your blog and bought your book. I’m on my 3rd sketch book. I have improved. I’m hoping you will share your journey with your long arm.
Great idea! On vacation right now but when we get home, I will start. I need something to do with my hands in the evening (and I’ve got lots of paper at home). Supposed to rain here today, if we go shopping, I’ll pick up a kids doodle pad and some pencils and start here.
love to try
I’m in. This sounds like a HUGE amount of doodling, but I can already think of a dozen doodles that I want to do. I liked the doodling practice you gave us in our classes at the MN Quilt Show in St. Cloud last summer.
This could be fun. As a young person, I doodled a lot in classes, meetings or waiting rooms. Your Lines and Spirals motif is one of my favorites, which I used on an Afrocentric Bricks and Cobblestones baby quilt. Thanks for sharing!
I am late to the game, but I am in. I have loved your quilting for a very long time. I have a longarm and did a lot for 5 years. Don’t know exactly why, I pieced quilts but lost my zest for long arming. You are getting me excited to go again and I am going to start doodling again. Your inspired me then and you are again. I love what you do! Thank you so much for coming back to inspire us!
Got my paper and starting today. The nudge I needed.
Ok, I will give it my best:, Fasting, exercise, and now doodling: No guarantees, but I would love to be better. Thank You
Will give it a try!
I’m in!!! Don’t see the sign up info.
I love a challenge! I’m not a natural doodler but I am determined to learn to do free motion quilting on my machine, not a long arm machine. After a quilt is finished l want to be able to say I did it all myself.