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!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Block #50 in the Machine Quilting Challenge

Good Morning,
Here is today's new design. It features yesterday's flower, roaming around amidst trailing vines. Doodle it out before you begin so that you can find the rhythm.
The flowers are essentially the same as yesterday's simple flower except that they are stitched continuously so that the center swirls have to be doubled up. The leaves are the same leaves shown about a month ago.
Begin by stitching a flower somewhere near the center of your block. This first flower does not have a double swirl in the middle. As you finish the first flower, stitch away from it with a vine with small, pointy leaves attached. Keep stitching vines with leaves until you have room to form another flower. This time you will begin the swirl on the outside of the circle, swirl in then swirl back out again and immediately make you first petal. Add the remaining petals to complete the second flower then stitch away again with a vine and leaves until you have space to make another flower. Keep adding flowers with vines and leaves in between until you have covered the surface of the block. Try to keep the same amount of negative space between the flowers and between the vines and leaves. For the tidiest end result try to keep the flowers very similar in size to each other and the leaves all about the same size too.
I love, love, love this stitch-out. It's so fanciful!
Hope you enjoy it too,
Till tomorrow,

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