Do you doodle? 180 new ways ahead (+ giveaway!)

A doodle a day keeps the UFOs away!

180 More Doodle Quilting Designs

Doodle quilting has taken the quilt world by storm—and now there are 180 more doodle designs at your fingertips!

In this sequel to the best seller 180 Doodle Quilting Designs, you’ll learn to free-motion quilt in three easy steps:

1. Trace a doodle

2. Draw a doodle

3. Quilt a doodle with ease

Tracing a doodle, then drawing it freehand, then stitching it on fabric helps your eyes, hands, and muscles learn a motif. All three parts work together to create delightful doodles in thread. (Haven’t tried it? We did—it’s fun and it works!)

Designs for blocks, borders, and corners include lines, waves, squiggles, loops, curves, pebbles, swirls, curls, feathers, flowers, and more. And an introductory section sets you up for success. There’s never been a better time to discover this fun way to machine quilt! Check out just a few of the fun motifs you can use on your quilts:

Dandelions free-motion quilting motif
From the “Flowers” chapter: Dandelions motif by Karrlyn Marchuk

Pebbles by the Shore free-motion quilting motif
From the “Loops, Curves, and Pebbles” chapter: Pebbles by the Shore by Laurie Gustafson

Hearts on a String free-motion quilting motif
From the “Doodle Fun” chapter: Hearts on a String by Dara Tomasson

Those are three of the designs. There are still so many more to choose from!

We asked a few of the doodly designers featured in 180 More Doodle Quilting Designs about their favorite free-motion tip. Here’s what they had to share:

> Dara Tomasson of Stitched Quilting Co. says, “My favorite free-motion quilting tip is to actually do it! Spend time practicing on quilt sandwiches and just do it!!”

> Rebecca Silbaugh of Ruby Blue Quilting Studio says, “Remember to blink, don’t lock your legs (if you’re standing), and remember to breathe. If you’re too tense you won’t be able to quilt well!”

> Carolyn Murfitt of Free Bird Quilting Designs says, “I always like to make sure that the quilting resonates with the quilt, so I find my quilting inspiration from the fabric or design of the quilt. This adds a layer of quilting that harmonizes with the quilt.”

> Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt says, “The weight of the thread makes a huge difference in machine quilting! Use a lightweight thread (50 wt or finer) when you want to create a background design and a heavy weight thread (40 wt or heavier) to pop the motif!”

> Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting says, “Try to stay relaxed and don’t fret over every stitch 😉 I find that listening to an audio book while quilting is the perfect balance of half listening and half quilting to give me the perfect state of relaxation while quilting, and I get to enjoy a good book at the same time. Double bonus!”

> Maggi Honeyman of Sew Maggi’s quilting says, “Don’t follow your quilting path by looking directly at the needle. When I first started quilting I had a hard time with this. It’s kind of like driving a car. You don’t watch the road directly in front of your car, you look ahead to where you are going. The same applies with quilting. And don’t be afraid to add a little speed. Going too slow makes smooth movements harder in my opinion.”

180 More Doodle Quilting DesignsHere’s what quilters like you are saying about the first book:

“One of the best features is that the book shows you how the same design looks and is executed in different shaped blocks: triangles, squares, borders, etc. I am so glad I bought this book and as a complete beginner at free-motion quilting, it is just what I need to get started.”

“A book of easy-to-do patterns! I am enjoying how easy it is to work the patterns from very inspirational quilters. Highly recommend to the new free-motion quilter. Truly a confidence builder for us who fear . . . the freedom.”

“GREAT resource for quilters looking to get into free-motion quilting! I have a computerized longarm, so I haven’t had to work ‘off the belts’—but of course, I WANT to—so I needed some ideas and love the instructions given in this book—has been such a help! I’m so glad I bought it!”

We’ve got a shiny-new copy of 180 More Doodle Quilting Designs to give away to one lucky winner today! To enter your name into the drawing, tell us in the comments:

Have you tried doodle quilting?

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start a fresh free-motion motif right now, order the book at our website and you can instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Linda, who says:

“I have never tried doodle quilting, but I can understand how it would be a wonderful way to learn free motion quilting. This book may just be my answer to learning, as I’ve struggled for years! Thank you Martingale for the giveaway!”

We’ll email you about your prize, Linda—congratulations!


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