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 wonderful idea!! I’m in!! going to get the paper now!!
Would like to join
What do I do
I am in for the challenge. I have at least a ream pod paper and all three of your books
Yes! I love following you. And hearing about the family.
I’m thinking about it!
Yes count me in…..
I needed this challenge! I’m in. Thank you.
Ok, I’ll do it. But I’m going to see if I can find a 100 page spiral pad. I’e got pages flying everywhere in my sewing room. I have to get organized!
That’s what I was thinking too. But that would be a thick pad. Several cheap spiral notebooks might work better. Easier to move around.
Great challenge Lori, thanks.
I will steal your idea! Kinda brilliant!🙂
Something to do while the TV is on and I’m not interested in the show.
Yes I am in already got my paper!!!
Sounds scary, I am up for the challenge!
LOL! Exactly my thought. I’m cautiously up for the challenge! Now to find some paper!
Good Day Lori,
I’m so glad you are back 😉 I have gone through 2 plus reams of paper and so many sandwich samples. Practice makes perfect -almost.
Loved seeing pic’s of your beautiful grandchildren. takin time w/family and self is so important.
I have a question – am I doodling like I am free-motion quilting the design on the whole paper or a little bit of this and that. Sorry – Help! 🙂
I’m in! I started a notebook of “Lori doodles” several years ago and had so much fun. Glad to be challenged to get back in the groove😉
I love this idea! Thank you, Lori!
When does it start?
I accept the challenge.. I think I have the paper, I have a binder. Recovery from surgery is keeping me slowed down; perfect project to entertain me for a while…looks like for 100 days 🙂
This is what I call serendipity because I have been contemplating participating in the 100 day challenge this year. I love doodling, happen to have an extra ream of copy paper, and a book. “365 Free Motion Quilting Designs” that i have been wanting to dive into for a doodling daily practice. Not only will this help with quilting, it is a great way to destress. Thanks for this challenge..
Great idea . Morning coffee, pen and paper, non-judgemental doodling, I’m in
Exactly, first thing in the morning is the best!
My first thought was Oh no, we’re traveling soon, but read on and it’s doodling. Yeah. Can doodle anywhere! Getting the doodle paper out now!
I’m a super beginner and I’m ready to Learn. I’m going to do it.
Count me in!
This is great! I’m in and had a notebook ready, now to find the perfect pen or pencil!
Does the perfect pen exist? I have one for every mood!
So ready to return to doodling! I am looking forward to your emails again!!.
You are an inspiration 🙂
Great idea. I’m in
I need the brain vacation! Sounds like fun!
I’m in but don’t know if I can get it in every day but I’ll try!
Sorry, Pam–like laundry, if you miss a day-you double duty the next!
Just kidding–do your best, that’s all we can ever do!
I so need something like this! I need to go shopping for paper
Oh my goodness, this is phenomenal! I’ve been wanting to create my own pantographs for a while now. This sounds like exactly what I need.
Definitely! Pantagraphs here we come!!!
YES! (But I know I’ll have to cheat and skip days, leaving multiple days to accomplish at once) I don’t understand what “5 sheets of paper,” “$7” mean, and when the 100 days start. I see that I missed some recent blogposts during a bunch of calamities, so I guess I have to catch up.
Lori said that a ream of paper is about seven dollars, and at five pages a day, the ream should last all year! I didn’t catch a starting time either, so looks like it’ll be today!🙂 Might be fun!
The starting time is today! No time like the present! LOL
Hi Donna! I love that you started with a YES!
$7 is the price for a ream of copy paper–which is 500 sheets of paper.
When you doodle five sheets a day for 100 days-you will fill 500 sheets of paper with doodles.
And we start NOW! Raid your copy machine if you must!
I really need to do this. I’ve been away from quilting for quite some time.
Heck yeah! I’m in!🙂
I LOVE a “heck yeah!!!”
Sounds fun. I will have to think about it. I never doodle. I just sit down with a quilt, look at it and decide. I do use some sandwich things to practice a new design a bit but mostly I just go. I probably could develop new designs if I tried.
You are way ahead of the game, Meg. But I do think doodling will make your quilting even better!
I’m in. Great challenge. Thanks Lori
Ok I’m in. I am more utilitarian than a doodler. Fix me.
Nothing wrong with utilitarian! But let’s decorate your utilitarian efforts with doodles! LOL
I’m raring to go! I just you started a little earlier! I’m doodling to practice for a quilt I’m ready to quilt. Unfortunately, there are places where I have to make short jumps and I could certainly use your expertise in jumping around a quilt! But it will help whenever the lesson is posted.
What do you mean “short jumps”? Do you mean travel lines that aren’t part of the design?
Okay, I’m not good at sticking with things like this, but I really want to improve my quilting so I’m going to challenge myself!
Yes – I want to do this!
Hmmmm. 100 days of mindless doodling. IM IN !!!!!!!!!!!!
Great idea for these long winter days! I’m in!
Yes I am in!
I need this. Thank you
Thank you, Lori. This is a good idea.
I love the idea and the only way to improve my quilting is
* practice – practice – practice *
Thank you Lori 😍
I would love to join your challenge and improve my quilting on my domestic machine. I have your books and have learnt a lot.
The main reason why fmq seems so hard to me is that I don’t draw and I can’t visualize a design to quilt! Maybe making myself doodle with help me with the problem–I hope so!
What do I do to join??
I save legal size envelopes from the mail exactly for this purpose. I have a pile of them that I need to start doodling on!
I have some newsprint pads so they should work and I’ll try to do my best to keep up and develop a good habit
Love to doodle…
I’ll do my best. I’m not the best at following through on things (trying to change) but quilting is something I really want to do. Really. I have a couple of your books and some from others too.