I practiced making the various shapes on paper first, pretty much copying what she did. I liked her suggestions.
There's a rhythm to drawing these out, a "beat" to the repetitive pen strokes on paper. Sometimes a song would pop into my head from that. I also thought of names for most of the designs, which sometimes related to whatever song I heard in my head, as well as the overall look of a design.
For example, here's what I came up with on this page, from left to right:
- Name: Frankenstein. Song: "Frankenstein" by Edgar Winter Group
- Name: Snore
- Name: Gap Tooth
- [Nothing came to mind]
- Name: Pueblo
- [Yuck. Had trouble drawing this one.]
- Name: T-Square. Song: "Green Onions" by Booker T & the MGs.
- Name: Elf Ears
- Name: Telephone Line. Song: "Telephone Line" by ELO, and "Telephone Song" by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
- Name: [Nothing came to mind]. Song: "I Know What I Am" by Band of Skulls.
- Name: Kite Tails (Christina's very apt description).
- Name: Yard Sale Signs
- Name: Stringed Peas
- Name: Spiral Sixes
- Name: P's, G's & Q's (I felt like I was writing those letters).
I'm still all over the map with my machine speed, stitch length, etc. That's just going to take some time and more practice.
What I learned was that it helped to pause a bit at the point of an angle or else it'd be rounded. And doing plain zig-zaggy stitching was harder than it looked.
Also? Those kite tails were freakin' ridiculous to stitch! I gave up and went on to some funky looking stars instead. I kind of like how they turned out.
My favorite is—gee, wouldn't you know I didn't name that one, but it looks like Post-It Notes on alternating sides of a string (far right in the pic below). I also like the retro look of Telephone Line (third from right below), although it was a little tricky to get the hang of at first.
So that's the second week's report. I wish, for your sakes, my practice quilt wasn't quite so fugly, but for me it's what I needed—no pressure to make anything pretty, just to get on with it.