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    This is Annie Whitsed's Crazy World a world where I stitch the joys and chaos of life into beautifull crazy quilts. email annie@loopylace.com
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My thinking came full circle – Detail 275 May 28th, 2007

Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch Hearts

I used my Double Helix seam on this block because the young lad on the block is my brothers step son and I wanted the stitches to say that our genetics are only a part of family the other part is love…I then got my thoughts twisted up because the obvious symble of love is hearts but I couldn’t see hearts on a boys block…I played around with other ideas in my visual journal, the best I had come up with was rings combined with O and X for hugs and kisses, when I talked it over with my sister she looked at the line of upside down hearts on the right of the page and said this is nice, I had rejected it after doing it because when I looked at it I saw ‘bums’, as I told her what I saw I thought well thats sort of OK because a kid would probably find that funny anyway and with that thought I came full circle, I could put hearts on a boys block.

The funny thing is that I am the only one that saw the Double Helix in the first seam, when I asked my sister and some quilting friends at a meeting tonight what they saw they all answered with either fish or gum leaves.

Where to put the PinThe Hearts are Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch based on detail 255 which had been inspired by one of Elizabeth’s stitches, When Elizabeth saw what I did with her stitch she commented that it wouldn’t take much to make it into a heart…well it was easy all I needed to do was put the pin lower (so that it was under the up an down bit) and do an extra stitch on each side to hold the shape.

visual journal ideas for detail 275

2 Responses to “My thinking came full circle – Detail 275”

  1. JoWynn Johns Says:

    Your column of hearts is perfect! Hearts, but not too PRETTY for a boy! And hearts joined. Great.

  2. Susan Says:

    I like the quote in the bottom right corner of your book. Do you know whose it is? The one about family. I was just going backwards, enjoying all your work on this quilt again, and I noticed that this time. I like the “bums” – or upside down hearts, whichever. =)

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