I recreated the block on paper in black and white using sharpie marker. Since the block was already partially quilted with figure 8s, I added these on the paper version to see how the doodles would complement them. Once complete, I slipped my paper block into a sheet protector and went to work doodling up fun designs using fine tipped white board markers. To help me remember the various draft designs, I would take a picture of each before erasing it.
|Doodle Designs for Black Opals and Ribbon Candy Cool Version|
Once I settled on a final design, I was able to remove the paper block and do a final audition by placing the sheet protector with design over the actual quilt.
|Final Audition of Design Over Actual Quilt|
I had to recreate a new block for the warm version of the same quilt as I hadn't started any quilting in these blocks.
|Doodle Designs for the Warm Black Opals and Ribbon Candy blocks|
I used my sheet protector system for another old UFO--my Rainbow Vs.
|Rainbow V doodles|
|Plexiglass with Blue Painter's tape|
I have since upgraded my doodling system to a larger piece of Plexiglass, which can accommodate larger blocks and borders. I placed blue painter's tape along each edge to create a lip to prevent my doodles from running off the edge onto the actual quilt. I can also use blue painter's tape to mark out inner borders rather than keep drawing them with white board markers.
Stay tuned as I finish up quilting all these doodles and post more pictures of the finished quilts soon!