Just Doodling

I felt like drawing today.  This started as just a black on white doodle.  I discovered how to add some color in PicMonkey.  It’s needs to be cleaner, but it’s a start.  One of my goals is to do more art on the computer.

Enjoy Today by Pam Schoessow

Enjoy Today by Pam Schoessow

Day 23: Leaves, Feathers and Curls

This painting started out as a sketch to explore quilting designs.  It incorporates a lot of fun elements–feathers, leaves, and ribbony curls.  It’s the type of thing I would draw with my machine and is very indicative of my quilting style.  Adding the color just makes it all the more fun.Leaves, Feathers and Curls 2

Day 16: Flower Power

This started out as a quilting design.  Since all my machine quilting is hand guided, I draw things out on paper before I “draw” it with my machine.  The large flowers are acting as applique shapes.  The smaller “stitches” are what we call background “fills”.  Since the goal is to stop and start as little as possible, ideally the designs need to be continuous line drawings.  So when I drew it, I tried not to lift up my pen from start to finish.  Sometimes I may need to backtrack a little over previously stitched lines, but not often.  Flower Power

Coloring the quilt design with watercolors really makes it come alive.  If I were to quilt this, I’d have to do it a little larger.  Quilting this densely  takes a lot of  practice, a lot of patience and a lot of time.  It’s only reserved for those very special quilts and is really a labor of love.

Watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold pressed paper,  7″ x 9″