Thursday, April 15, 2010
Block #27 in the Machine Quilting Challenge
It's a lovely spring morning and I've just returned from a walk to our neighborhood bakery for a blueberry scone and coffee - yummy!
Here is today's new stitch-out. I call it Peas & Paisley. It looks very complex, but it is relatively easy to do. It features the paisley design which is very similar to block #19, Asian Swirls along with small circles which were in the Stones block. This design requires a lot of stitching over previously stitched lines which helps give it it's wonderful depth. Also, if you want to change the direction of the paisleys you may need to knot off and start again in a new location. For this 10" square I knotted of and changed positions a total of three times. But it's worth it to achieve this wonderful depth and sense of movement.
Begin by stitching a tear drop near the center of the block that is about 1 1/2" long and an inch at its widest with a pointed tip at one end. Once you have completed the first tear drop, stitch a second one inside the first one that is a scant 1/4" away from the stitch lines in the first tear drop at the wide end and a scant 1/16" away at the tip. Next, make a third tear drop inside the second one. Finally, stitch 2-4 small circles in the center teardrop to form the peas. Try to fill up the whole interior of the inner tear drop.
Now, stitch back out of the center of the tear drop to the tip and make a second large tear drop, angling its rounded end away from the first paisley. Fill it with two more tear drops and circles. Keep adding new paisleys, inserting their pointy tips in the 'V's formed between other adjoining paisleys. You will have some areas that are too small to put in a whole three layered paisley. There, you can add small, tear drops or 1-3 small circles. You want to cover the entire surface with stitch lines, leaving little or no areas unstitched so make sure that all of your design elements are touching each other. This tight fill is what helps you achive so much depth with this design.
This stitch-out is very elegant and looks lovely in wide, plain borders or in un-pieced blocks.
Hope you enjoy giving it a try.