Stipple Practice

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!

Practice 1I 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.

Practice 2I 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.

Stipple 3If 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.

Practice 4How 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!

6 thoughts on “Stipple Practice

  1. candy says:

    I love your doodling. I also try to play with little squares when I can. My little squares usually look pretty good. I have a hard transferring that to a real quilt! Practice..practice..practice!

  2. Sybil says:

    Love your quilting – very creative! Especially like the paisley one.

    I love the idea of doodling…..I have several tops that I’d like to doodle but I feel like I don’t have enough patterns in my head yet to try it.

  3. mary says:

    I love your projects and ideas~ that is great to doodle with the thread and just have at it! Love your designs too.

  4. Stella says:

    I’m envisioning all kinds of different projects that could incorporate those fabulous little samples into something really beautiful once there are enough of them!

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