I spent over a year making a quilt for Chris. He requested the same colors as some of his jackets:
So here are some of the fabrics I came up with:
Not all of the fabrics made the cut (such as the black and white that we attempted dying lime green) but at least we had a start.
We found a pattern that we liked in a November 2007 Quiltmaker magazine. The pattern is “Crystal of Indigo,” by Kyoko Yoshida of Japan. It consists of triangles that are paper pieced together to form hexagons. But Kyoko’s pattern did not have any details about color placement or mapping of design.
To start the project I asked Sarah to create a grid that I could color in.
Each of the triangles had to match all the ones next to it, so it was quite complicated and required a lot of thinking and planning. I numbered each hexagon and assigned letters for each fabric that would be in the various triangles. It was VERY complex!
This is what the paper pieced triangles look like (there are alternating “Y” and “Z” blocks, which are mirror images of each other, which only adds to the confusion):
I lined up the various fabrics for each triangle and started sewing them on.
The fabrics are placed underneath the pattern and then you sew right through the paper and the fabric like this–10 pieces for each triangle, or 60 for each hexagon.
It would be hours and months later before I would finish sewing all of the triangles. I will show you some of them in the next post.