RaNae: Linda, this is a beautiful design. Did you draft it in EQ or some other program?
Are you pretty set on this design or are you still experimenting? Given your aptitude for this, I’m really curious to see what you would come up with if you escape from 4-sided shapes…
Linda 3-29-09: I have worked some more on my design which I sent to you on 3/23/09. I changed the center of the mandala and created a second wedge which can be used with the first wedge or by itself. From these two wedges, I have created the following mandalas. I think I like the last one the best.
This mandala uses only the second wedge. The first two wedges are in the same direction, followed by two wedge in the opposite direction. It created three different designs in the outer shapes.
This mandala uses only the first wedge, in mirrored pairs.
This mandala uses the second wedge in mirror pairs.
This one is my favorite and uses both wedges in mirror pairs.
I saw that you were asking how to create the whole design in EQ6. These designs are too complex for EQ6 make without some creative manipulations. [Instructions for creating mandalas in EQ can be found on the disc that came with Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts.]
If you think these mandalas are good, my next step would be to look at fabrics.
RaNae: Linda, I agree with you that the last design in the strongest, though the alternating black “mustache” and “ribbons” in the first design are really interesting as well. Could you perhaps color the center of the first design more like the center of the last one? Just wondering…
How large you are going to do this? Some of your spirals get pretty small, so you want to work in a size large enough to be comfortable for you.
You’ve got some great designs and yes, I think you are ready to go ahead and look at fabrics. ATAGIRL!
Linda, 4-7-09: I had the same idea of using the outside of the first design with the center of the last design. I did some more manipulations and created this design. I am now looking at fabrics. I plan on making this block about 40-45 inches sq. plus borders. Anything smaller will become to difficult to piece. In some places I will use an add-an-eight ruler instead of an add-a-quarter ruler.
I like Jinny Beyer fabrics and plan on using them in this design. I will graduate the colors in the fans and the red “flowers”. When I graduated the colors in the blue & green areas, the design becomes too busy.
I plan on starting on this soon. Meanwhile, I will still work on other designs because I still want to make either a mandala or 8-sided figure with african animal prints.
I will send additional pictures of my progress on the different areas of the quilt. Linda
RaNae: Linda, BRAVA! This is gorgeous. Among many other things, I love how the bright-colored ‘needles’ in the outer ring pick up the form of the star in the center.
Linda 4-13-09: I have started working on my mandala and have some of my spirals sewn together. I will send pictures later.
Linda 5-22-09: Thought I would send you some pictures of my mandala so you can see how it is progressing. The first picture shows all of my shapes before I started sewing. [Click on the images to see them larger] The next picture is my eight sided shape. There are twelve of them. Although the colors are all the same, there are 6 different colorings of these blocks. I finished all twelve and had to remake 2 of them because the fabric was in the wrong places. (R. One of the reasons I recommend marking your colors on the actual foundations that you sew to.)
The next two pictures are some of my other shapes.
The picture on the left is a partial quarter of the mandala and the last picture is the twelve 8-sided shapes.
Hopefully in the next week or 10 days, I will have all the shape pieced sewn and will be putting them together. I will send more pictures then.
RaNae: Linda, it’s so exciting to watch this come together! Thank you for sharing your progress all the way through the process!
Linda 6-17-09: I have finished my first Mandala. To me, it looks like calla lillies, so I think that is going to be its name. Here are some pictures. I am going to have a friend of mine do the quilting.
RaNae: Linda, it’s GORGEOUS!!!!! Wow! Beautiful work! I’m so proud of you! (Nice border too….)