I've been itching to start a new symmetry project for months but kept putting myself off until I get a few other things done I'm feeling a little more caught up with other projects so this weekend I let myself get out the symmetry fabrics and start playing.
The first thing I want to do is to create another version of my Pleiades quilt. The end product of that quilt really surprised me. I was just experimenting with as simple a block as I could get and I was surprised with the movement I achieved. Every since I finished it I've wanted to do another with smaller blocks in a larger quilt. I'm going through every suitable fabric and cutting blades. I'll put them all on the design wall and see where it heads. I don't have a specific plan but I can see that one of these sets of blades is already going to come out.
But my main focus is going to be on blocks. I'm cutting Pleiades blades as I cut pieces for this block. I have no plan for a quilt. For now I'm just making blocks to get my mind back into gear for working on these quilts.
This method of quilting is not for the faint of heart. It's painstaking and you cut pieces one at a time. Of course, for me, that's nothing but pure joy. I have plenty of quilt tops waiting to be quilted so I don't really need any fast projects at the moment. This photo shows you the process that I go through. I cut 4 different fabrics to audition for the center edges. Want to guess what was the 4th and last choice? No surprise that after I did those I went back and picked a different fabric for the 4 corners. I still have to cut those out and sew the block together. This block "only" took 2 evenings to cut! I had my audiobook and sat in the floor with a pile of fabrics and auditioned and cut. It was glorious.
If you think you might be interested in trying something like this I highly recommend Paula Nadelstern's newest book, Fabricadabra. My Pleiades quilt is even in the book.
I'll share progress as I go along but don't expect it to come together fast. This is my new zen project.
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.
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