I bet it wasn’t hard for you to guess.
You know me as a very scrappy girl who loves big quilts with a gazillion small pieces ----
I KNOW you would have chosen this one for me --- as did Claire!
Here is Ray getting ready to roll it out on the floor in Claire’s studio. I loved her studio….it’s in a walk out basement of their home with lots of natural light from the surrounding windows and her view is of a wetlands area with lots of birds and trees and other nature – perfect quilt inspiration.
We helped Ray roll the quilt out:
Right on top of yesterday’s Lone Star!
Tumbling blocks quilts have always fascinated me. 3 60 degree diamonds sewn into a hexagon….and depending on how you shade them and turn them, you get cubes, stars or in this case, almost a zig zag stripe effect by the fabric placement.
Bottom Left Corner
The scale is so small that it doesn’t photograph so well unless you get right up on it!
Upper Left Corner
Lower Left Corner
While it looks like one common fabric is used all the way down each row….there are places where “some” fabric substitution has taken place. You’ll see it in the row of diamonds that completes the top of the first row of cubes –they go from brown, to one red…and on to grey. It did the same thing in mirror image on the other end of the quilt…so it was symmetrical from side to side – a design choice! Go back to the pic right above this one and see the red striped diamond in the first row – that is the mirror image of the striped diamond in this photo.
Close up detail
The red plaid seems to be the common thread among mainy of the rows – it’s the same plaid throughout the quilt though the red rows are not spaced evenly. The blue also popped out at me..love that shade of blue!
Very Close and Very precise!
I didn’t handle the quilt, so I couldn’t check the seams to see if it was English paper pieced, which would be joined in more of a whip stitch method, or regular hand pieced – straight stitch joined. It’s just LOVELY and the fabrics in it are beautiful!
I can’t remember the date on this one, but I believe by the fabrics it was 1850s? Siobhan? Anyone?
Right side of quilt
It was just awe inspiring! And I love that there is no border. I love quilts that go borderless, though I often feel compelled to HAVE to put borders on my quilts. Perhaps – I do more borderless ones in the future!
So who’s up for Quilt-Cam time today? In hopes that our European Contingency can join in – I’m scheduling it for 2pm Eastern time…come find me! Not sure what I’ll be working on yet – Yes, I’ve still got Moth in the Window blocks to do, but those Jubilee blocks need working on too. I’m very behind there, and this year is running out!
Oh, speaking of Moth in the Window ---the hard copy issue of the Magazine IS out of print. Some have been able to find it on Ebay, but did you know you can also get a digital copy sent right to your email? Click this link HERE! You will want the November/December 2011 issue!
See you at 2pm!