So I participate in many swaps, in part because I love making things and in part because I love being challenged in my art to go beyond and think differently. To that end I have been playing with how I can use Morse Code to convey messages as well as be beautiful art. My first attempt was a very structured project that I had a weekend to figure out as a make up project for a swap where someone didn't get anything. I took her love of Harry Potter and Hufflepuff and made something a little quirky and cute, but very formal.
For my next swap, all I knew was she liked blue and didn't like anything overly formal. I still wanted to play with the Morse Code, but I knew I needed to be a little more fluid with it. I played with her full name, played with sizes of Dots and Dashes, and really struggled for a long while (lesson learned, make way more dots and dashes than you need, in all different sizes and fabric), and played with about a few dozen different layouts before I finally came upon this one and was really thrilled by it, but it felt a little plain, so I knew I was going to need some interesting quilting. I sketched out several designs again (I do a LOT of sketching), and then I realized I really just wanted something simple, that didn't distract too much from the circles, but made it feel finished. Thin lines in two different blue variegated threads helped me complete it and I really love how it turned out. I plan on exploring this more for the holidays and look forward to posting about how that turns out soon!