Assignment 3: Start small….but not too small


I just returned home from celebrating a family wedding in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin.  The bride was beautiful, as was the setting:  the sunny shores of Lake Michigan…It is no surprise then, that my doodles have taken a rather nautical turn: sailboats, sunshine, fish….  I’m sure there is a quilt on the horizon.  Perhaps a turquoise and white quilt or maybe, red and white-always one of my favorites.  I need to do a bit more doodling (and noodling)..and maybe….with a little more practice…I’ll be able to quilt doodle an anchor and even a lighthouse…

What have you been doodling?  By now you should have collected your doodles in one place and perhaps added them to your notebook. (Read more about doodle notebooks here)   Have you noticed any themes?  Sometimes a consistent doodle can provide inspiration for a quilt.  So let’s get started….

Assignment 3: Pick a few of your favorite doodles and give them a whirl on your sewing machine.  Just make a quick quilt sandwich-preferably with a solid colored fabric- so that you can see the quilt lines, lower the feed dogs, and doodle.  Don’t be too fussy.  Just get the doodles on fabric.  Keep repeating motifs and see if you can find a logical way to connect them. This is just a practice piece so have fun with it!    I think it is best to keep these practices pieces small, but not too small.  Your fabric should be small enough for you to handle easily, but large enough that once you get on a roll-you won’t have to stop.  I like at least an 18 inch square.

Later this week, I’ll share some of the fun ways I use these little practice pieces

So now, steal away a little time and a little fabric and doodle for 20 minutes… (oh, and start thinking of a color scheme for YOUR doodle quilt!)

Work in Progress Wednesday-Mini Doodle

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….

Doodlers are Smarter! Assignment 2

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!  

Assignment #2

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!)