This week I have been OBSESSED with doodling. Quilty doodles that is!
Several people were posting picture on Instagram with their daily quilty doodles and graffiti quilting drawings.
I just HAD TO play along!
I quickly exchanged my felt tip pen for a fineliner pen. Much better!
I was inspired by photos of work by Karlee Porter who wrote a book called Graffiti Quilting. I have not had the chance to read this book so I can’t give a review yet. I do know that I love looking at her work and it is really full of energy and movement.
I especially love the big flower-circle I came up with!
Quilt doodling is done freehand and unplanned. You just go with the flow.
All kind of pattern are combined with graffiti quilting: feathers, swirls, pebbles, baptist fans, spikes, etc.
The key thing to look out for enough contrast between the shapes and light and dark.
The drawing above already has better contrast! I adore the stone cobbles on the right and the feathers in the feathers on the left!
I had to try this out in three OF COURSE!
The fabric I worked with is a very weird coated fabric that actually looks and feels like cling film. It was very sticky to the touch and even stuck to the quilting foot while quilting. May have to do with the hot weather?!
See how it shines?
At one moment on Instagram Karlee Porter asked her followers about if they would like to have postcards to colour in yourself. In the comments several girls pick this up and discussed creating 4×6″ quilted postcards.
So we did!
Immediately after posting this pic on Instagram, another paper piece designer, Janeen from Quilt Art Designs, wrote she really liked my postcard design. So, I will send this card of to her!
I used a fusible interfacing to stick a piece of solid fabric to a sturdy paper and put that on the back (also with the fusible). I zigzagged around it. It work very well.
I also tried the same design with a different background fabric.
I have another doodle drawing to show you!
I tried to stitch this one out too.
I tried to bind this 8×8″ piece with the same weird fabric, but that was AN UTTER AND EPIC FAIL!!!
Yep it is really that bad!
The fabric was a real horror to bind with. This binding is actually the second I tried, and is ATROCIOUS! I have to think about what I will do with it.
If we only look at the front, they both looks GOOD , right?!
I have had great fun with drawing and quilting this weekend. It was really fantastic to just be creative like this.
Why don’t you all give it a try?