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Viewing entries posted in August 2015
This is the fifth week of August and time to finish off my stitch along project. I've had great fun with this. All I had left to do is quilt my project, then bind it or finish it off in some way. First I layered it and choose a red thread to add the red lines I had planned on.
I cannot believe we are on week 4 of the challenge and I have not started stitching yet! No problem, designing and preparing are a lot of fun too. Of course, stitching is my favorite so I'm ready to begin.
Have you drawn the design onto the background and created your applique pieces. Perhaps you have a different method that doesn't involve applique, such as foundation piecing, that's okay too.
I spent a bit of time one morning this week with two gentlemen from the local hospital discussing options to improve their handicap parking. It was interesting because, as it turned out, we were all possibility thinkers. In a very short time we had agreed on the best of several options. In the process we had also discovered several related ideas that no one had ever come up with before. It will take some time to cut through the bureaucratic red tape, but as I left, they were discussing how to get estimates to get the project started. That's the value of possibility thinking. Things start to happen!
So last week I chose a design and that was my red and black one. Using GIMP, I cropped it down to just a section. Then I enlarged that section to page size so I could print it out to the scale I wanted to make my challenge piece. If you missed how I did that, check back to my last stitch along post.
I doubt if anyone really knows how many types of fractals there are. Some of the most impressive fractal images are actually graphs of all the possible answers to complicated mathematic formulas involving complex and imaginary numbers. Imaginary numbers? Really? Really! And if you change the coloring formulas you can totally change the image! Fortunately for me, one doesn't have to be a mathematician to play with the many fractal programs that create them.
The first thing you need to do this week is examine your design and decide which parts you want to piece or applique, stitch and embellish. This can be a lot of fun. Here is an example of how I might create one of my designs.
Batik. What is it? It is a process of adding wax to cloth and then dyeing over it. The wax is resistant to the dye thus after it is removed leaves the design on the cloth. Batiks are some of my very favorite fabrics. Marjorie McWilliam's class "Batik" is new at the academyofquilting.com. I cannot wait to see what you make. Here's a quote from her class.
This week I needed to select one of my designs to work with. I really like the black, red and white one, so that is what I will use. In the rules this week, I mentioned how to make a card window so you could select an area of your design to work with. If you missed that post, you can find it here: August Week 2 rules.
Here is August's stitch along gallery. You can join in the fun any time you like. Here are the links to each set of rules as they are posted: