Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My first post for The Sketchbook Challenge

I posted today for the first time as a “host artist” on the blog for The Sketchbook Challenge, an online project started last year by Sue Bleiweiss to encourage others to grow as artists by working in a sketchbook.

Other artists hosting this year are Jill K. Berry, Sue Bleiweiss, Pam Carriker, Laura Cater-Woods, Jane Davies, Jamie Fingal, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Lyric Kinard, Jane LaFazio, Kelli Perkins, Carol Sloan and Susan Sorrell. 

The theme this month is “Doodling.” Here’s my doodle:

and here’s how I interpreted it in fabric and thread:

You can read all the details on The Sketchbook Challenge blog. If you’ve ever wanted to work more consistently in your sketchbook – or if you’ve never worked in a sketchbook before – please consider joining us as we sketch our way through 2012! 


  1. Thanks for leading me to a new and exciting site! I love your doodle!!!! I am in the process of polishing my FMQ skills and I believe this is just the ticket! I'm off to find pad & pencil..... have a great day!

  2. I like the doodle, and the sketchbook looks interesting. Is the premise of the challenge just to do the sketches, or to also translate it into quilting as well??

    Hmmm...I have already committed myself to a few other challenges for the year, so will have to think about it a bit to see if I have time to do this challenge also. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is really cool! I love it! I'm planning to participate in The Sketchbook Challenge this year.

  4. Thanks Susan! You just gave me a great idea to stitch a card for my sister's birthday at the end of the month. Your work is always so clean, precise and beautiful. These qualities really attract me to your art. (I tried to comment on the Sketchbook Challenge site, but they don't allow anonymous comments from those who do not want to keep a blog.)

    With fond memories of the classes I took from you in Houston.

  5. Thanks, Annick! What a great idea about the card... are you going to do her birthday number? Thanks for staying in touch. :-)

  6. Love your Quilting doodling!

  7. What a great idea! I'm working on the FMQ challenge and if you don't mind, I'd like to use your idea! Its amazing how sometimes "seeing" someone else's work prompts you to start! Thanks for sharing!

  8. your doddling exercise turned free motion quilting was unbelievable!
    you mentined that you used "Silk Thread" may i ask what kind/brand?
    i'm so inspired! thanks!
    elizabeth duke

  9. Cornwoman: The Sketchbook Challenge is a blog dedicated to inspiring artists to work in a sketchbook. You can do it as much or as little as you choose. There are host artists who run it, and they have a different theme each month. These kind of act like "prompts" to make you think and work in new directions.

    Then, if you like, you can post photos of what you are doing in their Flicker group. There are prizes each month drawn at random for those who post.

    Quite a few of the host artists are fiber artists, but there is no part of the challenge that goes beyond sketching. You could always sign up and just watch, and decide if you want to participate.

  10. Susan: Absolutely, use my idea! And have fun. :-)

    Elizabeth: The silk thread was Tiara; it is made in Japan. It is apparently distributed by Superior... I just hunted it down on the web here:

    I used my favorite Aurifil #50 Cotton Mako in the bobbin, and it worked great. No snags or breaks.

    The fabric is Radiance by Robert Kaufman. It is a silk/cotton blend, and one side has a silkier sheen. I hand-dyed it; the dye takes differently on each side.


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