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, June 17, 2010

The Machine Quilting Challenge - Block #59

Good Morning,

Here is today's new stitch-out; Blowing leaves. It is a great design to use for a complete fill in background areas, sashing or borders. I think it looks best tight and small.

If you've never used this almond shape before make sure to doodle it out before you begin stitching.

The basic shape is an almond and each shape nestles into the shapes around it with very little negative space in between.

Begin near the middle of the block and stitch an almond shape that is about 1" long and 1/2" wide with a point at the end. To do this, stitch a curved line up then stitch back down with a curve in the opposite direct, leaving an opening at the base that is about 1/4"wide. Stitch back up and form a second, smaller almond shape inside the first one then stitch back out and stitch another almond shape that points in a different direction. Stitch a smaller almond shape inside the second almond then stitch out and form a third almond shape. Keep stitching double almonds nestling the new one in between previously stitched ones and trying to change directions as much as possible while maintaining a tight design with little negative space.
Hope you enjoy this new design,
Till tomorrow,


Debbie said...

Heather - We haven't heard from you in a while. I hope you're off somewhere having fun. I just figured out how to do this - that's why I haven't posted any comments. I have enjoyed the patterns - as usual I am in awe of how you can continue to create new "stuff" - that includes everything you do! I am now officially retired so I will be around more and will finally have the time to try some of your awesome quilting patterns.
Debbie B

mad elena said...

Heather, you haven't posted for awhile. I am concerned. Are you okay?

mary beth said...

I actually cleaned my table off and got out a project to work on and I keep thinking how would Heather start this? Well she would just start cutting fabric! Are you cutting fabric? Hope all is ok. miss seeing your posts. mb