Pleiades II - under construction
Because I don't have enough projects in process!
In 2015, Paula Nadelstern asked me to make a quilt for her new book and Pleiades was the result. I like this quilt a lot but I've been wanting to make a larger one with a smaller block size.
I even have a layout that's sort of a swirl effect and cut out a few blocks last year to get started and then haven't touched it since. I've decided that I need to work at it a bit as my "at home" sewing machine project. That's not to be confused with all of my recent "travel" sewing machine projects, longarm quilting projects, mosaic projects, applique project, glass projects and my new garment-making projects. What's one more project?
The block size for the new version is 2" x 4" and I love cutting a bunch of holes in my fabrics.
And I have lots of fabric to choose from! This is my collection of symmetry fabrics and most are Paula Nadelstern's. These are pretty much the only commercial fabrics in my stash.
My cutting station is right here in the floor in front of the fabric cabinet. It's easy to pull things out and put them away between sessions.
I even have this tiny diagram taped to one of the cabinet doors to remind me the direction I want my pinwheels to spin.
So with each fabric I'm looking for a curved line that will give me a spinning effect.
Here's how I cut that fabric.
Some are more successful than others. That one on the left will likely be a reject in the quilt. I don't like the weave effect . I'm happy with the others.
One of these fabrics will be the background and I will need about 55 pinwheels for the design I'm doing. The finished quilt is planned to be about 60" square. I work on it in small bits of time and will share my progress again in a couple of weeks
4/18/2018 02:26:34 pm
I love this! I recently took a class with Paula and love her work. Lucky you to work with her! Your quilt will be gorgeous.
4/19/2018 08:02:43 am
Wow, I would probably have to do as much un-sewing as I did sewing to get that to come out correctly.
4/19/2018 09:29:08 am
4/19/2018 11:03:12 am
Ooooooh this is so delicious and easy piecing for maximum effect. You're a very savvy designer.
4/19/2018 10:38:10 pm
What's one more project indeed!! I love having a few different things on the go so I can work at whatever strikes my fancy at any given moment. Having said that, I don't normally have any more than one each of stitching, knitting and/or crochet that I'm working on. Space restraints mean I can't go all wild with everything I'd love to do!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.