Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Quilting Along with Leah Day - Week 42

Front Side of Tangled Lights


I really should go back and check Leah's video before I launch into doing my assignment.  I tend to remember the gist but not the details. On the plus side I often end up with a cousin of Leah's designs, giving me double the patterns to play with in the future.

Back Side of Tangled Lights

The plan this week was to rapidly quilt sashing by "stringing" spirals one after the other. I can't recall the last time I pieced a top that included sashing. This put me in a dilemma. Should I piece a new practice top with sashing or tweak the design to be a filler pattern. My time was very limited this week since I was on the road. I opted to tweak the pattern and title the new design Tangled Lights. 


Detail of Tangled Lights

In order to execute the filler pattern I started with a wobbly spiral baseline, working from the outside towards the center of the space I wished to fill. Once I reached the center I added the spiral ornaments/lights, working my way out along the wobbly baseline. I left gaps between the ornaments because that is what I thought the design called for. Oops! However, those gaps allowed me to stagger the ornaments, which left room for the next concentric row of an ornaments out. Finally, since I added Tangled Lights to my Wrapped Gifts practice piece, I wrapped my ornaments with some echo quilting.

4 comments:

  1. WOW, I thought there were gaps in the design too. I just went back to look, no gaps. So, I guess both of us saw the same design in our heads. I even went back to watch the video before I stitched it, must have been too busy seeing how it was stitch. Well, I like both designs!

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    1. What can I say? Creative minds think alike.

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  2. Nice job Gwyned! I prefer not to sash either...unless you QAYG which isn't really sashing;)

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    1. Precisely, Danielle. Sashing is a great unifier for a quilt made of sampler blocks. However, once you start block blending or making art quilts sashing is history.

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