Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Red & Gray Block

It all started with inspiration from a Brazilian gemstone book -- colors & cuts. 

 Then the idea came to use the "cracked glass" pattern found on the legs of a Chinese desk.

Close-up of the cracked glass pattern.

Then Bob modified it into a square pattern of his own.  The desk cracked glass pattern has 11 pieces; Bob designed it using 13 pieces.

After ordering a variety of reddish & gray fabrics online, the block was finalized using 3 shades of gray & 3 shades of red.

So far, I have 6 blocks complete -- not sure how many more I will make -- it's fiddly & time consuming but what quilt isn't?  Each piece is cut using templates -- trapezoids, one hexagon & 4 triangles -- plus two skinny rectangles with the top cut off at an angle.
 Bob & I love how it's shaping up.  Stay tuned to see the progression.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Neutral Quilt

I finished this quilt top -- finally! -- after almost one year -- not working on it continuously for the entire year but still -- I started it a year ago while taking a class at the Mid-Appalachian Quilter's weekend seminar in Maryland.  The pattern is "Italian Tiles" and I used all neutrals. 

I'm taking this quilt top to a long-arm machine quilter -- it's just too big (~72" square) for me to machine quilt on my normal sewing machine.  I suppose I could do it -- I just don't feel like wrestling with it.  I'll post again when it's finished being quilted -- could be a month or so until I see it again.