Sunday, July 22, 2012

Do you Zentangle?

Hello my wonderful readers!
I'm away from the headquarters on house sitting duty for my friends until a week from Monday so I'll probably not get much done in the sewing department. I thought of doing something else that doesn't require the sewing machine. I brought my Grandmother's flower garden quilt with me which I haven't had a chance to spread out. Yet. Also brought a book which is called Zentangle Basics by Suzanne McNeill. 
This is what the cover looks like:

It's not a thick book, only 19 pages, but I like the ideas in it to create your own zentangle. I was thinking that I  could use this method in machine quilting to divide up the quilt into different sections and then quilt each section with different motives (is that the right spelling?). 
Anyway... It was a beautiful sunny  morning and I took the woofies out to the backyard to run around and while they were out there I sat down on the patio and started the drawing. I started to read the book last night, but realized that I'll have to do the drawing at the same time because I will not remember all I've read if I didn't put it on paper. 

Here's what I came up with:

Okay... so the square is a little crooked and I didn't have a ruler to correct it. It was just a freehand thing, didn't even have an eraser to erase the pencil marks outside of the square. You get the picture :) The instructions are calling for a 3.5" x 3.5" square, I think mine is more like 4-ish. 
I spent the majority of my afternoon with ironing some fabrics while watching Shawshank Redemption on A&E. Boy, I love Morgan Freeman! :) The way he narrates, has a calming  effect on me. 
When the movie was over Criminal Minds came on. I am a HUGE CSI fan and I heard about Criminal Minds, but have never seen any episodes. I really liked it, I watched about 4-5 of them. I was lucky to watch it on Tivo so I could skip the commercials.
That's all for now, I just wanted to post this little "artwork" I did so maybe someone else will try it. I found two videos up on  Youtube if you want  to watch how to use this method. This video is by the author demonstrating her technique. She suggest a 0.1 micron pen, I did mine with the thin sharpie and worked just fine.
'Til we blog again! :)


  1. Very inspiring idea! I've only free motion quilted one quilt so far and it was FUN - just simple flowers! I think the zentangle is a great idea. Have you ever heard of Welsh whole quilting? I just discovered a couple of blogs about it. Very fascinating. and
    I can't wait to see what you work up with the Zentangle. :) Have a great week.

  2. Very inspiring indeed! Lovely artwork by the way. I've not tried FMQ before but will give it a try someday, hopefully soon!

  3. Interesting review Kati,this is the first time I have heard of this. Tried FMQ a time or two,but need to figure out the bobbin tension before trying it out on a project again.


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