Meanwhile, "Onward ho!" What do I mean by "An Old Shoe?" My mother used that expression to describe a new acquaintance who was able to settle into our life like family we had known forever. Comfortable. That is how I feel about the new quilt that I started this week because I am familiar with and enjoy the technique.
My new project has paper pieced spiral elements in it. So, you say, "What is a spiral quilt?" A spiral quilt can be made from any and many geometric shape(s) and is sewn like a log cabin block, but is made with triangles instead of rectangles. I will try to give you a general, but admittedly skimpy idea, but if you want to try it I recommend RaNae Merrill's "Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts." Her directions are clear and precise, covering the drawing, designing, and sewing. Her second book, "Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts" is also excellent. I design my spirals on Adobe Illustrator, but they can be drawn on paper with pencil, ruler and eraser. They are sewed with foundation/paper piecing.
Step 1. Draw the outline of a shape. In this case I started with a triangle.
Step 2. Draw a ring of small triangles inside the outer border, one along each side. You can measure or make your triangles any size that you like. I make mine kind of free form as I find the measuring tedious.
Step 3. Draw another ring of small triangles inside the first ring. Continue making similar rings until you get to the center. RaNae Merrill goes into different ways to draw these triangles. The way I am showing is the easiest to sew.
Step 4. Fill all those inner triangles with color.
5. Print or draw your design on paper (I use Sulky Paper Solvey and print it from my computer).
But....that is only one triangle. Let's play with that single triangle:
60º wedge made with several different shapes.
Then rotate six copies of the wedge around its center point:
|Six wedges can make a quilt.|
|See the wedge?|
TIP: Try a simple design or two this week. It is fun.
Sew a Happy Seam this week. I wish you some designing fun.