Do you like to doodle? I do! I was one of those classroom doodlers who made little designs all over my notebooks. I was especially given to galloping unicorns and mysterious faces. And now that I have young kids, they’re keen on my little drawings, which are especially entertaining on long plane rides.
Nowadays, I’m getting even more doodling practice with my efforts in free-motion quilting. In case you haven’t seen someone “free motion,” it is moving the quilt around to stitch free-hand designs through the layers, without the use of the “feed dogs” to move the quilt forward. I decided that quilting a ton of free-wheeling strawberries might be fun for my strawberry quilt. I used my current favorite quilting thread, King Tut by Superior Threads. Love it! It’s nice and thick but still smooth, and the colors are really fun. Most are variegated – this one, yellow, green, and red, the colors of my strawberry fabric. I was a little timid about using a contrasting thread color (I was worried any mistakes would look too prominent, but now, the designs sort of fade away!). As a result, the stitching blends in and is hard to see, but if you really look you can make out the strawberries – I hope.
Give this a try sometime if you like doodling or sketching. More complicated and artist efforts are known as thread sketching, and that is an art form in itself, but even a playful, free design – not requiring any marking on the quilt first – can liven things up. And it went quicker than expected. Now all I have to do is bind and label this quilt, and it will be done.
Here’s a preview of one of my next scrappy projects. Cheery bright 1930s fabrics!