Living This Creative Life

I have two favorite quotes. The first one is by Emile Zola, "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I would tell you that I came to live out loud". I don't know who the second one is by, but it goes like this, "If you're not living on the edge then you might as well jump". Both of these sentiments sum up my personal philosophy of this experience we call life on earth. Enjoy!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Block #14 in the Machine Quilting Challenge

Happy Monday Everyone,

Here is today's new stitch-out, Meandering Leaves. In my sample the leaves are rather tiny, just about 1/2" long or so.

This design is very similar to two we have done before; Friday's Vines, block #13 and the Asterisks with Loop d'loops from March 16th.

Before you begin, remember to doodle out the design first. Try it in different sizes with small, medium or large leaves.

The way I do this stitch out is by grouping together stems with three or four leaves then join together the stems with loop d'loops.

Begin somewhere near the middle of the block and make a stem that is about 1 1/2" long and form a leaf on the end of it using the same technique from block #13. Go back down the center of the leaf and about half way down the stem then angle off to one side making another stem and another leaf. Do the same thing on the opposite side, completing a three leafed cluster. Work your way back to the base of the cluster then loop d'loop yourself away and form the next bunch of leaves. Keep working in this manner, changing the directions of the clusters of leaves so that they go every which way.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi! I am trying your challange- I am not to 14 yet. They are challenging but fun.
I sighned up late for your color class. I am hoping you can send me the first lesson. Kathy Ratz