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on Apr 16, 2019 in Blog, Featured, quilting | 0 comments

Jen-Eskridge-Sketchbook

Just draw as much as you can. I know that sounds silly but as I tell my quilting students, muscle memory is important.

Muscle Memory

mus·cle mem·o·rynoun

  1. the ability to reproduce a particular movement without conscious thought, acquired as a result of frequent repetition of that movement.”typing relies heavily on muscle memory”

Sketchbook

In college we were required to keep an inspiration journal & sketchbook. At the time it was to add in photos, notes, sketches, really anything.

Jen-Eskridge-Sketchbook

Building on that sage advice, I’d like to encourage you to keep inspiration at your fingertips. Pinterest boards, photos on your phone from quilt guilds and quilt shows, and sketches from anywhere.

Jen-Eskridge-Sketchbook

The importance of a sketchbook, to me, is that while I can find amazing photos of cool-looking designs on the entire internet, my sketchbook is the place where I can see what I can actually draw.

From here, I can plan to build on skills sketched on previous pages to create something intricate and useful.

Jen-Eskridge-Sketchbook

And while it may seem like I’m just sitting there with a random marker-color-of-the-day, I’m actually building muscle memory and creating a resource to flip through at a later date.

Jen-Eskridge-Sketchbook

Quilting

Using the sketchbook to completely inspire your quilting has been made quite popular by Karlee Porter with her Graffiti Quilting style. I’m a huge fan.

Graffiti Quilting by Karlee Porter

I’ve found, though, that I’m even able to break out some designs and add them into my own brainstorming. Recently taking a Handi Quilter class, I used my sketchbook ideas to help draft a couple blocks.

Jen-Eskridge-HandiQuilter-Class

You never know when these ideas will come in handy. I encourage your to just draw as often as you can!

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