A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that all of my doodles were converging on a flower that resembled a lollipop. Finally, I had to get it off my brain and onto fabric…I quickly sandwiched some fabric together, used my large 15 inch square ruler to draw a boundary and I came up with this little piece. It took a little over an hour -as I was not very careful and because the pattern was so ingrained in my head. I didn’t have any plans for this doodle diversion, otherwise I would have left a little space for a proper border. As it is, I have to lop off some of the corner border in order to sew on the binding…Another lesson learned…
My daughter saw the little doodle on my sewing table and instantly proclaimed that she wanted that motif on a quilt for college. (See more here) Now that my twins have left for college, (one with a quilt and the other with a promise for a quilt), I’ve decided to bind this off and use it under a vase of flowers. So I’m off to my garden, where I will look for something red or yellow in the garden to decorate my doodle….
Would you believe that doodlers are smarter?–Okay, well, that may be a stretch, but there is evidence that people who doodle remember more than people who do not. In one study, (you can read about it here) doodlers remembered nearly 30% more facts than non-doodlers. The study’s author suggests that doodling expends just enough energy to keep one’s mind from daydreaming. Unfocused drawing helps you focus! Imagine that!
Need I say more? Keep doodling!
With that in mind, did you collect all of your doodles? Where were they? On your calendar? In your meeting notes? On the pad, by the phone? I’d love to hear where you doodle… I found doodles everywhere! (you’d think my memory would be better…hmm…)
Now that you’ve collected all of those margin drawings, let’s get them together in a usable form. I like to cut out the best parts and glue them into a notebook. A spiral notebook works especially well because it will lay flat by your sewing machine. This is a good project for an evening when you’re too tired to concentrate on anything else…. Not everything is worth saving, so cut away. While you’re at it-look for themes. What do you doodle the most?
Before next time: Begin glueing your doodles into a notebook. Look for themes. (oh, and oil and clean your sewing machine-it’s gonna need it!)
There is a great deal of excitement here at The Inbox Jaunt. It was truly amazing to see all of the interest generated by the Doodle Quilts. I am grateful to all of you who commented, re-blogged, linked, or just came for a look-see. Truly amazing! Thank you! Never again will I underestimate the power of the World Wide Web!
I believe the excitement is largely because each of us is harboring a doodle that is aching to be released onto cloth!? So let’s get to it! Over the next several weeks I will walk you through my method and help you create your VERY OWN doodle quilt…
There will be: Tutorials….Assignments….Challenges…Projects…Linky Parties…. and of course PHOTOs, lots and lots of photos!
For now, I will leave you with:
Assignment #1: Start saving your DOODLEs. (oh, and get a notebook—every project deserves a new notebook)–I’ll give you some suggestions on how to use a notebook for doodles next time.