I’ve decided it’s ok to doodle on fabric. I love to machine quilt but sometimes I’m in between projects so that’s when I love to play with scraps of muslin and just go to town!
I keep a bunch of scraps on hand so I can mess around with thread, tension, and batting before I move onto my quilt. I can mark a motif with a stencil and see how it will stitch up.
I tried pebbles, free-form feathers, paisleys, wavy lines, and – oh yeah – stippling! I wanted to see if I could get a trapunto effect by quilting a motif and filling in the background.
If I see a design I want to try, I just grab a scrap and quilt away. I called this post stipple practice but it’s really a good idea to try out ANY design on a “fabric sandwich” first.
How a bout a touch of color – what will that look like? These little pieces are for nothing but my own pure enjoyment. They are fun to look at when I want a visual feast and I plan on incorporating the designs into quilts in the future. Whew, that was fun!
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