Friday, December 5, 2008

Design Lesson from Nature

Look at this amazing tree in the Botanical Garden in Bermuda. Notice how the branches grow. They are neither identical nor symmetrical. I think quilts that are arranged "by eye" can have more charm and be more interesting than precise quilts. Precision is admirable, but not always preferable. So the next time you are struggling for precision, ask yourself if that might be the time to take a cue from nature and do a little improvisation.

Take a look at the recent post showing the tote bag with the slanted selvages at the top. That is a nice effect, I think.
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