This month's expert is Ann Fahl. One suggestion she had was doodle on paper first, then sew. While I was stitching it felt like doodling too. I had fun with it and I think I am improving. I started in the middle (also her suggestion) with Loops and Twists. Then I added hearts that became shamrocks (Happy St. Patrick's Day!). I tried stars, swirls, flowers and spiky sun things.
I did a flamingo and a fish (standing on its nose), below.