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!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Block #47 in the Machine Quilting Challenge

Good Afternoon,
I've just returned from a fun day of indigo dying at EFAGS at Great American Quilt Factory. It's nice to get together with like minded women a couple of times each month just to play and explore fiber arts.
Here is today's new design. It features swirls with quarter moons. It is a nice blend of the two, mixing circular with pointy. Doodle it out before stitching to get an idea of how to join the two. Basically the quarter moons are used to move from swirl to swirl. Try to keep the swirls the same size but vary the lengths of the half moons so that they fit between the curves of the swirls.
Begin near the center of the block and stitch a swirl that is about 1 1/2" wide. Swirl in then back out again. Stitch a quarter moon that echos about 1/3 the way around the swirl, move back and forth making 2-3 quarter moons that hug each other then stitch another swirl. Keep alternating swirls with half moons, adjusting the length of the moons to fill in the negative space. Try to keep the amount of negative space consistent throughout the block.
This is a great design filled with lots of movement and texture. Hope you enjoy it,
Till tomorrow,

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