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02/26/11
Mariner’s Compass
Filed under: General, Creativity, Design, Quilting, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 9:33 am

Mariner’s compass designs have always intrigued me. The compass rose or wind rose, found on a nautical chart, radiates out from the center and is used in sea navigation. If you google images for “compass rose” you will find some beautiful images. Mariner’s Compass Quilts by Judy Mathieson is one of my favorite quilting books with inspiration about this design, mariner’s compass patterns, and information on how to draft your own pattern.

Recently I created a paper foundation pieced (see Carol Doak for info on this method) pattern for a mariner’s compass block that goes together in 8 sections. For coloration I used light, medium, and dark blues. It is very important to have value changes (light to dark contrast) so that the design pops out and you can also vary the colors in this design. Here is the 12 inch block that I made to see how my pattern would go together. Three more of these blocks and I will have a striking table runner.


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02/14/11
Memorabilia Crazy Quilt Finished
Filed under: General, Quilt Art, Creativity, Inspiration, Quilting, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 6:45 pm

The embroidered crazy quilt with photo transfers of my children is finally finished! It was still in progress last August as chronicled here and in January with the help of a few snowstorms and being temporarily snowed in I got motivated to make that final push to finish it. It is small, 16 inches by 20 inches, looks great hung on the living room wall, and makes me smile every time I walk by.

The books I used for crazy quilt embroidery inspiration were: Elegant Stitches, Crazy Quilt Odyssey, Art & Inspirations, and The Crazy Quilt Handbook, all by Judith Baker Montano, along with The Magic of Crazy Quilting by J. Marsha Michler. I used specialty fabrics, mostly satins, silks, brocades, and some shiny fabrics, collected over a period of time. Embroidery threads and silk ribbons came from my local needlework shop, Thistle Needleworks.

The individual blocks with details, shown from top to bottom below the quilt are: my daughter holding the milk snake she pulled out of the water at Highland Lake in Bridgeton, Maine, both of my kids soaking wet in the water play area on a trip to Storyland, New Hampshire, my son driving his uncle’s party boat on a lake near his home, and the Luke and Leia Star Wars costumes that I made one Halloween.


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02/05/11
Scrapbook Page Design
Filed under: General, Scrapbooking, Family and Friends, Design, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 9:16 pm

A week ago I went to a scrapbooking event and decided to try out some new designs for my scrapbook pages. This is the start of a new scrapbook album of the holidays with family in 2010. Scrapbooking is a way to preserve memories, to chronicle events, and to tell your story. And it’s also a way to express your creativity. I have not been scrapbooking for that long and am still working on developing my own style in this medium.

For these pages, I designed borders to run across the top of the page and give continuity to each spread. A spread is two pages facing each other, i.e. side by side, when you open and look through the album. The titles encapsulate what is going on in the two pages and don’t need further explanation: “Thanksgiving Day Lock Out” and “New Laptop I Want my Internets!” Paper punches were used to add embellishments and corner accents were added to frame the photo collages. The focus is on the photos and the design pulls it all together.


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