Monday, 20 May 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2013


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Well this is a first for me. I am going to enter one of my quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I wasn't going to but Sharon convinced me to try. After seeing the quilts there already I didn't think it was good enough but, oh well here goes. For those people who already saw most of this information I'm sorry but here it comes again.

This quilt started out as a challenge for the Dresden Challenge and ended up being a very personal quilt. I designed it, pieced it and quilted it. I was designed with inspiration from my relationship with my father. I also wanted to use black and white as the colours to show up the desden shape. The colours inspired the meaning behind the quilt, but more about that later.

In the sun...
In the shade.
The back with extra Dresden strips.

Quilt Name: Things Aren't Always Black and White
Quilt Size: 50" x 36"
Ruler: EZ Desden Ruler
In the center you can see the two colour sections that make the Desden shape. Even the break in the outside black border is a Desden section.











Making the center section was a learning curve for me. I had a tough time lining up the wedges and the seam ripper was my new best friend. After all I wanted all the corners to match up perfectly!
The first 4 borders!

Check out how small the first border is. (ignore the dog hair please) I even put borders on the wedge!

Then I added borders. I wanted it to look like an optical illusion. So I checked out other optical illusions and knew I had to draw the eye into the center by making the borders smaller as they went toward the center.

When I was finished I had fun quilting the different sections. I am a new LA quilter and still struggle with tension but I gave myself permission to go for it on this quilt.


I quilted the borders first with radiating lines.

At this point I changed my mind about how to quilt this.
I added wiggly lines between the radiating lines.

I quilted pebbles in the white trapezoids.

(back of quilt) I quilted a meander in the black trapezoids.



In the grey section I quilted a concentric box.

The more I look at this quilt the more I like it. It is hanging on the wall behind me at work and I get a lot of comments about it. Here is the description I wrote on the original post,
January 4, 1932 - August 19, 2010.

As a teenager I had lots of loud discussions with my Dad who always saw the black and white and really couldn't see the grey areas between, you know the what if? kinds of discussions. Later when he developed Alzheimer's he left the black and white area of the world and kind of lived in the grey area not sure of himself or his abilities or who we were. So he was my inspiration for this design, the first quilt I have designed, pieced and quilted. My Dad was able to build cupboards, paint oil paintings, work with copper foil, carve/paint decoys and fishing lures, create a beautiful garden make pretty well anything we needed and he fixed our cars all with less than a grade 8 education! We miss you.  Be at peace until we meet again Dad! August 19, 2010.

2 comments:

  1. It's beautiful and I love that it has such personal meaning for you! I also love the great echo effect of all those borders.

    Not good enough?? Are you nuts? Welcome to the festival and I hope you enter the next one, too! It's a great way to meet new blogging quilters. :-)

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  2. Great quilt and great inspiration! Have to say I love the back as much as the front. It mimics the front but in a very subtle way. So beautiful!

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