Today’s Topic: Doodle Stitch Doodle
Welcome to Week 3 of our 2021 Quilt-a-Long, Even Better Machine Quilting
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Good Morning, Quilters!
Doodle. Quilt. Doodle. It’s a great recipe for better machine quilting!
Keep a doodle notebook and doodle every day. When you find something you like…
Stitch it on a quilt sandwich. See how it flows (or doesn’t flow) and then back to the sketchbook for refinements…
When you need an idea for your next quilt, page through your doodles!
Many Ways to Doodle
There are many ways to doodle! Read Paper, Digital and More HERE
My first choice is always pen and paper. I doodle on paper and envelopes and paper napkins…
Most of my doodles get tossed into the trash-because the most important part of doodling is creating muscle memory.
For convenience, I also use sketchbooks. I have stacks of sketchbooks filled with doodles. Most of the pages are poor quality scribbles, but there are a few gems!
If you’re not sure what to doodle, try this handwriting exercise.
Cut out a rectangle from a piece of cardstock.
Place the open window in your sketchbook and fill it with cursive letters.
Cursive letters create wonderful textures!
Letters as Designs
As you work through the alphabet, try to imagine how you would use the letters as quilting.
Letters like C, S, W remind me of waves.
The letter V would be perfect for roof shingles!
Create Thumbnails of Possible Quilts
Combine the letters with other motifs to create whole cloth quilt ideas.
(Sailboat and Fish motifs are from FMMQ1-2-3 page 114-117)
Handwriting lends itself to quilting from left to right.
It’s more difficult to stitch letters for right to left.
In order to quilt the design without knotting, add a wavy line between the rows.
Quilt YOUR Design
Choose one of YOUR designs–or copy one of these–and quilt it.
Keep it small and simple if you like, or fill a fat quarter.
Once you’ve quilted for awhile-head back to your sketchbook and refine the idea.
Make a Transparent Overlay
When you have a few minutes, make a trnasparent overlay--we will use it a lot in the coming weeks!
And it’s a great place to doodle!
What about YOU?
Have you been doodling everyday?
What’s YOUR favorite method for doodling?
Do YOU have a favorite pen?
We’d LOVE to hear!
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