Zen Quilting on a Machine

 View a YouTube, translate your Zentangle® designs to fabric with a sewing machine, a whole new look for quilting.  

    I feel very fortunate to know Pat Ferguson and have worked with her on her book Zen Quilting.  Pat has been teaching quilting classes since 1995, she discovered Zentangle® in 2009 when one of her students told her about an amazing Zentangle class she had attended. 

    Pat was hooked, in May 2010 she attended Rick and Maria's Zentangle workshop and became a Certified Zentangle Teacher.  The similarities between the tangle designs Pat learned from Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and the free motion quilting designs she created with her longarm quilting machine opened her mind to all the new and exciting possibiites that Zentangle brought to her art.

     For those not yet familiar with Zentangle, Pat takes you from the basics of drawing your own tangles to how to translate them into quilt designs.  She also discusses finding your own tangle inspiration and diagrams and shares "continuous line" patterns which are easy to mimic with machine stitching.

     Zentangle is a whole new look for quilting.  Once you learn the basics tangles easily translate to fabric.  I am not an expert quilter but I do love using my sewing machine to translate my Zentangle drawings to fabric. If your stitching isn't perfect it is a great practice for free motion sewing.  Remember what Rick and Maria say "Anything is possible, one stroke at a time™".... in this case "one stitch at a time."

Zentangle of the week, enjoy and create!!

                   Zentangle #78


Jonqal    *original Zentangle pattern

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.  and is used with permission. Learn more at  zentangle.com


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  • 12/10/2011 1:01 PM Mary G. wrote:
    This morning is the first I have heard of Zen Quilting and I am already intrigued - can't wait to try it. I can see a whole free-hand dimension.
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    1. 1/4/2012 1:46 PM Suzanne McNeill wrote:
      That's great Mary, zentangle marries so well with quilting.

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  • 10/18/2012 12:54 AM Peggy wrote:
    Newly introduced to Zentangles, I spent the entire night watching your videos. I am especially interested in incorporating zentangles into my free-motion quilting. Thank you so much for you're inspiration!
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    1. 10/18/2012 5:00 PM Suzanne McNeill wrote:
      You are so welcome Peggy, you will really enjoy incorporating tangle designs into free-motion quilting.

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