Not sure which came first: the fabric or the pattern. I have had both for so long.
The pattern is from Bethany Reynolds' book Stack n Whackier Quilts. I had made one other quilt from this book as my first ever stack-n-whack--a low-key throw-over-the-back-of-the-couch-in-the-playroom type of quilt featuring a Hawaiian surfer print.
The magic of stack-n-whack, though, comes from slicing up the fabric and seeing what happens. What kaleidoscope patterns would come into being?
With pattern and fabric ready, this project waited patiently in a closet for several years. Finally cut into it in the fall of 2010--after I had gotten a divorce, no longer lived in the lovely yellow/cream bedroom or slept under those tan/yellow sheets. And, most importantly for my creative process: I no longer had to please anyone but me in making this quilt.
Design decisionsI needed to make the pattern queen size, so it had to be wider. Went from three vertical strips to five. That part was easy. I also disliked the pattern's treatment of the space beyond the medallions--I felt like it was too plain.
|original pattern - too much undecorated space|
Since I can complicate anything, I chose to put more stack-n-whack small hexagons in the space at the end of each column.
|my version - more hexagons!|
|Small triangles of a bold print can actually blend in|
Spent so much time contemplating what to do about finishing off the shape of the hexagon edges:
smooth everything into a rectangular quilt, or leave a bit of a sawtooth edge? In the end, I put a 3" border around the central pieced hexagons, letting the color contrast emphasize the sawtooth on both top and bottom; but I used a large cut of the main fabric for a second border along the pillow end of things.
The effect is bold and geometric, but I think it makes a nice frame for things.
|I wanted swirls quilted in the small hexagons|
|She said she was inspired by Middle Eastern art forms|
Thanks for going on the tour with me!