Coloring Hour: Playtime with Gammill

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When is practice play? Anytime you want! Join us in a little play time with your favorite longarm…

First, grab a coloring book. Yes, we said coloring book. Flip through and pick out a page to ‘color.’

pic 1 butterfly

A few tips:

• Be sure the coloring book has newsprint pages rather than heavier paper.

• Go for designs with simple lines.

• Larger open areas allow for great fill practice.

Second, trace the design with quilting.

pic 2 butterfly

Helpful hints:

• Secure the paper with a couple of pins or painter’s tape.

• Play with both regulated and constant mode.

• Try to only create one outline to make paper removal easier.

• Don’t worry about mistakes, they can be fixed when you fill.

• Stick with the main shapes and leave the details for later.

Third, pull the perforated paper away from the stitching.

pic 3 butterfly

pic 4 butterfly

pic 5 butterfly

Finally, color the design and make it a masterpiece. Play with threads, embellishments, new patterns and techniques. Let your imagination go while you perfect your quilting skills.

CHALLENGE: COLOR A PAGE A DAY FOR A WEEK AND SEE HOW MUCH YOUR DETAIL WORK IMPROVES.

For Fun: Save your ‘pages’ and sew them together into a book for your review and reference or give them to a little one to enjoy as a great quiet time book.

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LMJF

MY MOTHER OFTEN USED COLORING BOOKS FOR APPLIQUE PATTERNS…

TRACY DVR

What a great idea, use coloring books for applique n embroidery, makes perfect sense now that you shared! thanks

Melanie V

I have a huge stack of coloring books that I pull designs from. I transfer to cheap paper towels (and I mean CHEAP!) rather than use the page. I buy coloring books all the time. Fortunately I have 10 grand children, so people don’t think I’m crazy!