Wow! Day 20 is here already! It's pretty amazing how well this project is going. The ideas just seem to keep coming for new designs every day while I'm driving, checking my email, changing my son, and watching a movie.
Ideas rarely come when I'm actually sitting at my sewing machine chanting "Design! Design! Design!"
Inspiration: I quilt in a ugly, low ceiling, basement room that is paneled with hideous fake wood paneling.
As much as I hate that paneling and keep swearing that I will one day take time off of quilting to paint it, it still managed to inspire a beautiful quilting design all on its own.
Lesson learned: even ugly things you absolutely hate with a passion can still inspire beautiful things.
Difficultly Level - Beginner. With this filler you don't need to be consistent, keep your lines even, or play by any "rules." This makes this design much easier to create for those people who work best in free form.
For those of you who struggle and fight freedom, this design may be more difficult because you will be continually trying to place rules where no rules belong.
Directional Texture: 2 directions. This design looks great placed horizontally or vertically on a quilt.
Suggestions for Use: Of course, using this design just as Tree bark is pretty limiting. The "knots" of the wood really remind me of eyes and I think this general design method could be used to easily create rough, line drawn quilted portraits.
This free motion design also reminds me of water swirling around rocks or pebbles in a stream.