Mixing things Up - I tried something new!

Posted by Ruth on 3 July 2016 | 2 Comments

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Until Lee Vause introduced herself to the Academy of Quilting I had not heard of Zentangle so this was a whole new area of quilting for me. Of course, making tangle designs using free-motion stitching really grabbed my interest. As I worked with Lee to get her classes installed (she has two now, A Zentangle Journey Part 1 and Part 2) I knew this was something I would want to try at some point. The thought was put on hold for a while.

tortoise block shell enhancedBack in April, I began making some of Hamish's drawings into quilt blocks. If you missed that story, you can read it here: Meet Hamish. It was his fourth block, a tortoise that sparked the idea to give Zentangle a try using the tortoise as the outline. I thought it would be the perfect shape.

I accomplished this with a little bit of help from Lee as she suggested some designs for me to use within the tortoise outline. Once I got started I found I couldn't stop until it was completed!

zentangle tortoise

I have to say, I had a lot of fun and now I'm ready to move on to even bigger projects, but I am wondering how some of the other blocks Hamish designed would work. So far he has six and I'm thinking, what a cool quilt that would make: Crab, Walrus, Parrot, Tortoise, Lobster & Frog.

All the tangle designs I used in the Tortoise can be learned in Lee's classes so if you want to learn more about Zentangle, check them out. As a certified teacher in Zentangle, you are learning from one of the best!

About A Zentangle Journey: As a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) Lee Vause will give you lots of support and direction in this “A Zentangle Journey - Part One” workshop. This class will include the origins of Zentangle in its pen and paper based form to include a little of the history leading to drawing on tiles and onward. Then use your own creations of Zentangle inspired artworks to transform them with free motion quilting onto fabric with thread. The class can be followed by a more advanced class "A Zentangle Journey part 2" or taken alone. Read more...

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  • Thank you Barbara! I'll be bringing stitch alongs back again a little later in the year.

    Posted by Ruth, 03/07/2016 11:46am (4 years ago)

  • You are a constant creative inspiration for me.

    Posted by Barbara, 03/07/2016 11:30am (4 years ago)

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