Soap & Bubbles Free-Motion Doodle Design

Today is Day 6 of the Doodle School Free-Motion Doodle Challenge and the prompt is "bubbles."

Bubbles might seem the same as circles. They usually have the same round shape. But, if you think about bubbles and the ways they are different from circles, you'll come up with a lot of differences. Bubbles pop, they float, they fizz. They appear in water and soda and in the air. Keep thinking along those lines and you'll get a lot of bubble doodling ideas.

Here's a little peek at the Day 6: Bubbles chapter in "Doodle School: A Daily Design Challenge to Up Your Free-Motion Quilting Game." In this chapter of the book, Dara and I teach you several ways to create bubbles in free-motion quilting.

This is just a small sample of all the doodle quilting goodness in the book. If you'd like tons of ideas and instruction for your free-motion quilting practice, you can find "Doodle School" on Amazon here.

While you're at it, check out "Doodle Notebook for Free-Motion Quilting: 150+ Inspirational Motifs." It's the companion notebook to "Doodle School" and it has even more doodle quilting ideas you can put to use right away. Get it on Amazon here.

Soap & Bubbles Design

So, let's get into this adorable "Soap & Bubbles" free-motion doodle design that I've created just for you.

I took the idea for this design from the doodles I created when I participated in the Doodle Challenge a couple of years ago. Here's a photo of my doodles:

Look in the middle of the page. You see the bar of soap with a big pile of bubbles on top of it? That's where the idea for the free-motion background filler I'm about to show you came from.

This is just one of so many examples I could give you of times I've referred back to my doodles to get quilting ideas. (Save your doodles, my friends. You'll be glad you did.)

Are you ready to see what this doodle inspired? Take a look at the photo below:

Isn't this a fun design!? Maybe I'm too pleased with myself, but I really love it.

Here's how you can recreate it yourself:

1. Draw a rectangle with rounded corners.

2. Draw a circle that overlaps the bottom edge of your rectangle. This is your first bubble. Travel along the circle to get about 1/2" inside the rectangle.

3. Draw another rectangle with rounded corners that echoes the inside of your first rectangle about 1/2" inside.

4. It's a little hard to tell what these rectangles are supposed to be without words in them so spell out "SOAP" inside the smaller rectangle. Draw the letters tall and thin. If you need a line to help you travel inside the "O", you can always draw another bubble that helps you travel inside.

5. After you spell out "SOAP", draw another bubble that helps you travel to the outside of the bar of soap.

6. Draw lots of bubbles to fill up the area you're in. Your bubbles will look realistic if you overlap them and draw them in lots of sizes. When I draw tiny bubbles, I usually cluster a few of them together. Remember to draw some bubbles that overlap and even go on top of your bar of soap.

7. Keep drawing bubbles until you get to another area where you have space for a bar of soap. Draw a second bar in the same way you did the first.

8. Continue drawing bubbles and, occasionally, add a bar of soap until you've filled up the entire area you want to fill.

That's it! Pretty easy, right?

I'm just waiting for the right quilt to come along so I can quilt this one out. These are the types of things we quilters nerd-out about.


I'd love to know if you get a chance to doodle or quilt out this design. Or, if you come up with a design that's based on this design, please share. Post a comment and a photo, below and show me how it turns out.

I can't wait to see what you create!

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