Thursday, September 20, 2012

"Number the Stars"

"Number the Stars" by aviva_hadas
"Number the Stars", a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

This one has been done for 3 to 4 months by now...

Genesis 15:5 And He brought him forth abroad, and said: 'Look now toward heaven, and count the stars, if thou be able to count them'; and He said unto him: 'So shall thy seed be.'

That is the basis for the title because as you can obviously see are the star blocks, but what you may not realize is that there are many star fabrics & the quilting is a star design as well. (There is a star print on the scrappy back & the quilting shows on the back as well.) So while there is a finite number of stars on this quilt, the number is not easily or quickly determined...

To make this I sorted all of my Japanese Taupes into lights, medium lights, mediums, medium darks, & darks. The lights and medium lights are the star points & were cut 2.5 inches square, the medium darks & darks were cut 5 inches square. They were pieced together randomly only once I had larger (16 patch?) units did I start to try to place them more deliberately.

While doing the Value exercise of sorting, I pulled some that were harder to use & they became the scrappy back on the quilt that I showed yesterday.

The scrappy back on this one is all squares from the Woven Taupes - that was going to be a top, but I forced too many light prints & "ruined" the effect that I was going for - so it became a back.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why yes, I am still quilting, why do you ask?

"Small World" by aviva_hadas
"Small World", a photo by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

"Small World"
Pattern in Transparency Quilts by Ringle & Kerr.

They used a mix of prints - showing you more or less how to mix modern prints with civil war reproductions with batiks. Mine is all Japanese Taupes. I kept the title because if the world were truely small, then I would be able to go to Japan...

The pttern used differently sized pieces - I already had 5 inch squares (Does that suprise anyone?) so I used them. Also the authors used long skinny strips - I chopped mine down to 5 inch widths - far easier to handle IMHO.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I've never liked how quilts are displayed at county fairs...

This is a good example of why... I would have loved to have seen the rest of this one.

Frederick County, Maryland.