Yesterday I challenged myself to use some of the drawing tools I have rarely used. I have drawn many applique blocks but have not used some of the available tools more than a couple of times. I was wondering what this months challenge would be so decided it should be something I needed to do myself.
I usually start drawing a new shape by drawing a square, then changing straight lines to curves, adding nodes, and adjusting until I got what I want. It works for me most of the time, but there are more tools to master, so I decided to use Brushstroke.
I only had a vague idea of what I wanted, but drew a couple of lines, and had to read instructions a few times to work out how to do what I wanted. There were quite a few coffee breaks or walks down the real garden path to get from the right side to the left side of that thing above!
Much later I had the variations above. By the end of the day I had added some pre drawn shapes from previous blocks and had something vaguely like an applique design.
At the end of the day I felt that I could use more practice, but it could be worthwhile making time to get that practice.
So, I encourage you to select one, or more, applique drawing tools and spend some time playing to learn how to use it … and if you get a block design worth sharing let us see it! I have spent many hours in four versions of Electric Quilt to learn some of the basics, and time to see if those other tools work. My guess is that they do, I just haven’t made the effort to try this one. I might even try some other tools this month!