Monday, January 2, 2012

Which direction to take

"Would you tell me which way I ought to go from here?" asked Alice.
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get," said the Cat.
"I really don't care where" replied Alice.
"Then it doesn't much matter which way you go," said the Cat. 
                             - Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

I wasn't certain where I wanted my quilting to go. I have read so many of your blogs and a great many of them seem to have set a plan or goals for 2012.   I wasn't certain the direction to take.  A friend recently pointed out an expression that says whatever you're doing on January 1st, you will be doing the rest of the year.  If that is so, I will be practicing and experimenting more.  As you can see from my side bar, I have taken the pledge over at SewCalGal's 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge.  The first month's tutorial has begun and you can check it out here.  I've been practicing the design for the month by drawing it in my sketchbook to retain it to "muscle" memory.   This is the drawing.  I think I'm ready to attempt it on the sewing machine now.  I'll post a picture later.

I also want to sketch more.  I've read that sketching, or in my case doodling, can be the germination of wonderfully creative ideas.  Besides it's one more skill to add to my toolbox.  With the FMQ and the sketching maybe I'll be able to finish some of my UFOs that have stalled.  We shall see.


beaquilter said...

LEAVES are great to start off with, if you add the line inside the leaf a little more like the vein it's a leaf, if you omit it, it's HEARTS :-) have fun with it!

What Comes Next? said...

your leaves look great! Doodling is something I want to do more of this year, too!

Carla said...

I heard a quilt teacher say "if you can draw it, you can quilt it" Good for you. I love the little leaves/

Vicki said...

Yes, good for you. I have learnt recently, that sketchingdoodling really does help, because I was putting off doing some quilting that was writing, and you know, I found it easier than I thought. I think this is because I have good eye hand coordination for writing after nearly fifty years of doing it, whereas, other motifs are not as familiar to me and therefore, harder to quilt. This is good, because paper is a little easier to practice on! lol