Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Zentangle Quilting

In our trunk show this month, Island Batik, the central quilt of their Fresh Catch collection incorporates the Zentangle style of quilting. (That may be a surprise to them!)
Zentangle started as a drawing fad, followed by adult coloring books. Now, with the advent of home quilting machines, Zentangle is showing up on modern quilt tops, as well as some more traditional styles.
In Zentangle art, the artist fills the paper (or fabric, or walls) with ink, moving from shape to shape, adding in whimsical motifs in an advanced form of doodling. For Zentangle quilting, we substitute thread for ink, and fill the white background with shapes flowing into each other. It makes a great way to practice stitches, and when on a quilt top, the effects are stunning.

Check out our Pinterest page for examples of Zentangle drawing and quilting.

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