Sunday, September 2, 2012

Quilt Along with Leah Day - Week 29

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When my children were in primary school (they are now 28 and 32 with children of their own) the school they attended taught in a way that was referred to as spiral learning. The concept is a subject begins at a basic level, and returns to the basic level time and time again, but each time it returns it is expanded upon. This helps cement early concepts while allowing for growth. That is exactly how Leah's assignments work.

Stippling with Heart Inserts

Our very first assignment was to try our hand at stippling. We have returned to stippling and four of its cousins, sharp stippling, zippling, circuit board and loopy multiple times over the course of 29 assignments. This time we were to incorporate a shape periodically while stippling, sharp stippling, zippling, creating circuit boards and going loopy. Leah recommended that we try adding hearts, but she also pointed out that other shapes could work just as well. Sounded like a challenge to me!


Sharp Stippling with Daisies

Triangles Become a Design Element in Circuit Board

The curved nine patch block I had been saving for a future Leah assignment was just right for this week. I decided to do stippling with hearts inserted into the design in the outer corners and center block. Sharp stippling suggested daisy petals to me, so thats what I did. I matched triangles with circuit board and an element I dubbed Greek Spirals with zippling. Finally, I inserted some leaves into my loopy block.

Zippling Gets Pizzaz with Greek Spirals

Loopy is Transformed to a Vine with Leaves

One of the great things about revisiting the basics of a subject, such as free motion quilting, is just how much more intuitive it becomes. I was able to do 100% of the assignment without ever quilting myself into a corner or needing to break thread. There isn't one hesitation bead or tension loop on the reverse side. Sure I could quibble or obsess about a heart that wasn't completely closed a straight line or angle that curved here or there, but I won't. I have confidence that these little bobbles will work themselves out too with practice.

21 comments:

  1. Your quilting looks spectacular as usual.

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    1. Always good to hear from you, Pat. Thank you.

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  2. I like your philosophy.....it may not be perfect now but with practice it will get better. I like the curvy nine patch, too. Great job.

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    1. It helps to have 25 years plus of quilting under my belt. I no longer view each quilt as my last chance to make a master piece. Instead I just enjoy the process and surprise myself by how process equals progress.

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  3. Beautiful! I particularly love the leaves!

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    1. I've been adding leaves to vines in FMQ for as long as I can remember. The echoed shape with veining is an element from a favorite Leah Day design. I used it as the filler pattern for Hibiscus Haven.

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  4. I LOVE the greek spirals name! So cute! Isn't it wonderful to allow the stitches to flow from your fingers?

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    1. Absolutely. Thank you for providing the assignments that took me from able FMQ to natural FMQ.

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  5. Your shapes and spacing is wonderful. I hope I improve to this level, where the lines look so easy and hearts or flowers are so happy and cute :)

    Your spacing is so even you almost don't see the hearts (that's meant to be a compliment).

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    1. When I was transitioning from traditional quilts to art quilts my instructor said that a good piece of art should grab you when you walk into the gallery, compel you to stand gallery distance and contemplate it and finally you draw you in, nose to art work to check out the details. It is something I strive to do with all my work. I love having "hidden" details for that nose to artwork scrutiny. I'm glad you enjoy it, too.

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  6. The zippling with Greek spirals is my favorite! Lovely work.

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  7. I love the Sharp Stippling with Daisies!

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    1. Thank you. It has been such fun seeing the various ways this assignment has been interpreted.

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  8. Great quilting, I love the leaves!

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    1. I've been adding leaves to vines in FMQ for as long as I can remember. The echoed shape with veining is an element from a favorite Leah Day design. I used it as the filler pattern for Hibiscus Haven.

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  9. Looks great, I always have the most trouble with sharp stippling. I also love the daisies and leaves.

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  10. Very pretty! I especially like the daisies with the sharp stippling. Nicely done!

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    1. Thank you, Elita, for casting your vote. I had fun creating custom designs.

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