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!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Block #48 in the Machine Quilting Challenge

Good Morning,
Here is today's new stitch-out; Aerial View. It is a great design to use in negative space when a little more interest is needed. It's fun and easy to do too.
Doodle it out before you take your first stitch.
This design looks best if it's stitched really tight, about 1/4" apart is good. It is essentially a sloppy swirl. The swirls are sort of amoeba shaped rather than round. There are plenty of individual or grouped 'fingers' that fill in the spaces between the amoeba swirls. They are what fills in any negative space.
Begin near the center of the block and stitch an irregular, oval shaped swirl. Stitch in then stitch back out again. As you stitch out, move away from the swirl until you have room to make another amoeba. Make this on larger or smaller than the previous one and shaped differently too. Continue making amoeba swirls of different shapes and sizes and join them together with long, loopy, finger like designs. Try to keep the amount of space between all of the stitch lines consistent for a tidy finish.
Hope you enjoy this new design. It's great on contemporary quilts!
Till tomorrow,

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