Friday, June 22, 2018

Tangled: A Paper Quilt

Since I've been on a mini quilt kick lately, I thought I'd show my latest finished mini quilt. Except this one is not sewn, it's drawn!

I took a Zentangle class at International Quilt Festival in Rosemont a few months ago, and this was one of the class projects. Out of all the classes I've taken, this is the first one that produced a project I actually really like. In a way, Zentangle is just like free-motion quilting, and indeed some of the motifs are very similar. I used 25 different motifs in the "block" section which is meant to resemble cathedral windows, and I decorated the sides with some fancy feathers and some "free-motion" swirls.

One of the reasons I took the class is to help me with being more free with my doodling in general, which I hope will translate into more creative free-motion quilting. And since the last part of Zentangling is to sign your work, I tried my hand at calligraphy and signed my initials.

This will be hung in my quilting studio along with the other minis I finished. I highly recommend trying zentangling as not only a relaxing way to play on paper, but to practice doodling to improve free-motion quilting!


  1. Thanks for the photo showing the 3D nature of the paper. It's beautiful and I definitely agree that doodling and drawing can really help translate into quilting.

  2. Such a fun paper quilt. I never had a lot of success with zentangle, but maybe it is time to revisit it.

  3. This is just too cool! The designs and how the paper quilt is really three dimensional is awesome.


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