Practice Free-Motion Doodling

Practice does make perfect — especially when it comes to free-motion machine quilting, either on a sit-down machine, a stand-up longarm, or a domestic sewing machine.

The HQ educators always emphasize the importance of “doodling” quilting designs to build muscle memory. So get out a notepad and pencil and start doodling. Practice drawing feathers, meandering designs, loops, swirls, and invent some of your own all-over continuous line quilting designs.

Or if you have an iPad, how about using a sketching / drawing app.

These are three free sketching apps I’ve tried (download them from the App Store in iTunes):

  • Paper (by FiftyThree)
  • Skitch (by Evernote)
  • SketchBook Express (by Autodesk).

Use your finger — or consider picking up a capacitive stylus (a couple dollars) and use it instead of your finger on your iPad screen.

Are you a free-motion doodler?

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6 Responses to Practice Free-Motion Doodling

  1. jeannie bordovsky says:

    PicsArt for Android. You can take a picture of your quilt block and then doodle on it in PicsArt. 8-)

    • Nancy says:

      Thanks for the great info Jeannie. To try out quilting designs on the pic of the quilt block is even better than just doodling. Now I’ve got to look for a similar app for the iPad.

    • Judy Fletcher says:

      I doodle on paper all the time. I can’t wait to find an app for I-pad.

  2. Nancy says:

    I don’t know but I would assume there are. I simply searched for “sketching” and “drawing” apps. Good luck.

  3. Joni says:

    Do you know of any similar apps for Android Tablets?