Today’s Topic: Get Started Doodling Scallops
Welcome to Week One of The Better Machine Quilt-a-long based on my books 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting,
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Good Morning, Quilters!
Welcome back to our Machine Quilting QAL, Season 2, Episode 3….
(Seriously, can someone come up with a better name for our QAL this year? )
As we discussed earlier this week, many people fear machine quilting.
They struggle to move the quilt under the moving needle to create a beautiful design. (Geez when you say it like that, who wouldn’t have performance anxiety!?)
Often, the real problem is they haven’t started with the foundational exercises.
You don’t expect a baby to run before she crawls! And you shouldn’t expect to be able to stitch a pretty flower if you can’t doodle one!
Doodling is Foundational
Before you can quilt a smooth stitching line in a complex pattern, you must be able to doodle the line on paper!
And before you can doodle a complex line on paper, you need to be able to doodle a simple line on paper.
That is why and where we begin today!
We will get started doodling scallops.
Scallops are easy and are the components of many really fun motifs.
In your notebook:
Start with a row of simple scallops
Add a row of double scallops–think echo stitching!
What happens if you add a short dash in between each?
Upside down scallops!
Rows of elongated scallops!
Challenge yourself to fill rows and rows and pages and pages with scallop variations. Add other shapes like squares, circles and lines to the scallops.
Place a star by any you’d like to stitch.
There are many ways to doodle. To begin, I’d recommend a lined notebook. There are so many pretty variations. Treat yourself to a fun notebook that’s not too precious to fill with doodles. Our goal is to fill the whole notebook.
While you’re shopping, buy yourself two or three notebooks.
And for a real indulgence, consider these Blackwing Matte pencils. They have a cult following among artists and writers for a reason!
The more you doodle, the better your quilting will be–promise!
Repeat the Process Every Day
Repeating the same doodles over and over again is an important part of the process. Over time, the repetition leads to smoother doodles (and quilting) and your brain starts making connections…
We will add a doodle lesson every week. The important thing is that YOU begin a doodling habit–and then,
Pretty soon a simple scallop becomes a HUGE flower or a fish, or…..
What about YOU?
Do YOU doodle every day?
Has doodling improved YOUR quilting?
Can YOU think of a new QAL title?
We’d LOVE to hear!
YOUR Doyenne of Doodles,
PS…You might enjoy my Lucky the Dog tutorial over at BERNINA’s We All Sew—just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!
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