| Inspiration |
I’m not quite sure where the inspirational starting point was for the Skewed Symmetry quilt. The blocks originally seemed destined to become matching pillows, but from the moment I stacked the blocks it just kind of developed on the design wall organically.
The mitered log cabin blocks were the cast-offs from making the Alignment Optional Pillows with my Psychedelic Baby Block technique. The color-way seemed best left alone and I liked the idea of the minimalist blocks partially floating depending on the background. I actually ran out of black fabric, so the planned symmetry of halfing the background eye-catchingly fell into the rule of 3rds instead.
Essex yarn dyed linen combined with Cotton Couture’s split personality of a dull and shiny side, offered multiple layers of texture.
Improvisationally pieced and designed. I love that.
| Quilting |
I went vertical with the quilting in a Metler black thread, subdividing the quilt with 1″ lines and then went back in for the fill. I didn’t really worry that they were evenly spaced, just eyed it up on the design wall here and there with distance as my assistant. Some are 1/4″ apart and others a little bit more or less.
Unfortunately, I tugged out the top corner of the quilt when I hung it to photograph, but this is truly one of the squarest quilts to date with no waving at the edges. No blocking, so satisfying.
| Binding and Backing |
The binding switches out in value/fabric to oppose what’s in the quilt at the top and bottom vertical strips. Not only do I like the design interest it adds, but I was able to scab together enough scraps of black to make it happen.
After talking about white batting bearding in my Alignment Optional Pillows post, I actually did have the foresight to order some black batting. All said, done and basted I realized my backing fabric had white in it. I was a little concerned the opposite effect of black batting bearding through would happen, but all went well.
This quilt will be a great workshop sample to explain how I improvisationally panel out a quilt on the design wall.
I’ll be the visiting artist at the Arts Center of Jackson Hole teaching a two day Psychedelic Baby Block | Improv Strip Piecing Workshop January 21st and 22nd. I’m pretty excited to have two whole days in Jackson Hole to hang out with students and play with both of the blocks this technique creates!
Happy be grateful weekend Peeps!