Creative Free-Motion Techniques
Learn how to doodle then quilt an array of inspired motifs with popular instructor Lori Kennedy. Along the way, Lori will teach you techniques for creating all-over designs, travel stitching, simplifying complex motifs and more. Start by finding out how doodling with pen and paper can build muscle memory for favorite free-motion quilting designs, improve your spacing and help you quilt smoother lines. Next, see how to draw and quilt fun motifs such as leaves, berries, acorns and other nature-inspired designs. Move on to doodling and stitching a variety of stunning star motifs and ribbon designs. Want to bring a homey look to your design? You can with Lori's lesson on planning and creating cute house motifs and trees. You'll even get comfortable quilting apples, worms, jigsaw puzzles, pencils and cursive lettering to complement kids' quilts.
Lori Kennedy is the founder and author of the popular quilting blog The Inbox Jaunt. She is also the author of the American Quilter column "In Line With Lori Kennedy," as well as a Bernina Ambassador.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet your instructor, quilting guru Lori Kennedy. Then learn how doodling motifs can make you a more skilled quilter and designer, and dive into 10 circle and sphere motifs that can be used in a bevy of projects!
Let your free-motion skills bloom as you practice six gorgeous flower motifs that can be used to quilt in any shape or border. Lori shows you how to alter your designs to fit in many types of spaces, and helps you transform single motifs into all-over or fill patterns.
Continue quilting nature imagery as you learn how to create eight gorgeous leaf motifs that work beautifully in borders, backgrounds and blocks alike. Discover how slight changes can create entirely new looks, and follow along as Lori helps you improve your traveling skills by overstitching and echo stitching.
Tackle a fun, whimsical project as you navigate nine variations of stars and stripes patterns. Lori illustrates ways to use templates to create more sophisticated motifs, and demonstrates her multiple-pass technique that makes complex designs far easier to achieve.
Recreate your neighborhood, or any neighborhood you can dream up, in threads as you try your hand at different house- and tree-inspired motifs. Learn how to achieve a more modern, minimalistic look in your quilting, and have fun adding a gorgeous woodgrain texture to your trees.
Nothing says "back to school" like darling apple and pencil motifs! Learn how to use grid stencils and simple sketching methods to mark your quilts. Then personalize your project with cursive lettering that can be used as a signature, background or other sweet note for your quilt recipient.