Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Summer Birthday quilt

Taheerah's 2nd Gossip column challenge is up at Winnie & Walter, and this time it's Geometrics!  This should be an easy one for me, since I was a math major way back in the dark ages, but it threw me for a loop at first.  UNTIL I remembered that many quilt patterns utilize geometry, and then I was flooded with ideas!  I think you'll be seeing several entries from me for this challenge, but here's my first one:

W&W Geometrics

supplies: Studio Calico Intertwined Circles stencil, picked raspberry distress ink, Wplus9 Quilt Prints, orange marmalade, mustard seed, peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, and picked raspberry, Winnie & Walter's Big, Bold Happy Cutaway and stamp set, silver and gold sequins

This is what I'd call an Orange Peel design.  Here is the basic block, a square divided into 4 squares, each having a petal in the center:

You take this basic block and repeat it over and over for a quilt.  


The magic happens when you add color to those elements!  And this is one of those patterns that looks different depending on how you focus on it.....you may see just those pointy diamonds floating in lines and diagonals, or you make focus on the petals, and see pink flowers, with a patchwork behind them, or you may see pink circles, each with a different patterned center!

I found that I have a stencil and a stamp set that work beautifully together, so I stencilled the petals on it using picked raspberry ink, then went back in with my stamp set and filled in the spaces between the blocks (pointy diamonds, for lack of a better word for them), with various patterns and colors of ink (spiced marmalade, mustard seed, peacock feather, cracked pistachio, and more picked raspberry).  That panel was then trimmed, attached to my card front, and then I added 4 layers of my cutaway and a stamped banner, along with some gold and silver sequins for sparkle.  I'm planning on using this as a bright summer birthday card.

Taheerah has a nice discussion of Geometry and how it's used in design, with lots of wonderful examples - don't miss it!  And you can even download some free geometric backgrounds if you don't have anything in your collection!


  1. Beautifully done Lin, so bright an cheerful!!

  2. Wowsers! That turned out so amazing, Lin! LOVE IT!!! ♥

  3. Your stamping is flawless! You must have a lot of patience - I'm in awe! Stunning!

  4. And there was me in the same situation as you Lin... a bit stumped. But you have given me a few ideas to think out side the box. Very skills as a quilter really have come in handy

  5. Love this quilt card and your flawless design! Beautiful!!

  6. Beautifully stamped ! love the colors :)

  7. Oh, How lovely! I was thinking about your the other day - PTI have a new "quilt" style die coming out ;oP
    You should take a look (if you haven't already).

  8. Really beautiful such a fantastic idea

  9. Gorgeous, energetic and fun is how I would describe your awesome quilt pattern - what a way to give geometrics a homespun twist! Thanks for spreading The Gossip on w&w's The Gossip Column!


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