I am really excited to share a new quilt with you today that is featured in the Summer edition / Issue 9 of Simply Moderne: Spiraling Petals. The magazine is currently published in French, and it was very exciting to get a few photos from friends who get the magazine. The editors have generously shared an image of the introduction of the pattern in the magazine, and I adore the modern and graphic layout they created!
Spiraling Petals is a design I created as part of the Quilt Design a Day group in April of 2015. At the time, I was very daunted by the curved piecing that would be required to make the quilt. Let me tell you that this large, graphic design allows for the curves to be pieced easily enough that even I pieced them with confidence.
I will have to admit that I did not get very “exotic” when I took the finished quilt photographs before packing it up to ship to France. I was working right up until I packed for QuiltCon on this quilt and I hit a few snags along the way, which I am going to tell you all about! #HonestQuiltingConfessions
Spiraling Petals is another one of my designs that is based on the color value of the fabrics / a transparency design. In fact, there is also an article on transparency quilts written by the MQG included in Issue 9 of Simply Moderne. Color selection is very important to really bring these designs to life. I went to my trusty Kona Cotton color card and made my fabric selections.
I honestly knew as soon as I had the fabric in hand that the lightest two fabric selections were too close in value, but time was ticking and I was hopeful it would look better pieced. That was, however, wishful thinking as you can see in the image above.
My solution was to densely quilt with a strategic selection of Aurifl thread colors. L to R: 4020 (Fuchsia), 2530 (Blossom Pink), 2423 (Baby Pink), & 2021 (Natural White). The goal of especially the lightest two threads was to lighten the lowest value fabric with thread and increase the value of the second lightest slightly. If quilting is the solution, well, that means some tiny quilting.
Overall, the technique worked pretty well and as soon as I got the quilting complete, I was relieved. My original quilting plan was for something much more simple, and the hours spent adding this micro quilting detail took a toll on my body (long hours of fine movement were hard on my arms and wrists) and greatly cut into the time I had to get the quilt shipped.
I have developed an affinity for using transparency as a technique for achieving a balance and interest in my quilt pattern designs. One definition of transparency is “something… viewed by light shining through it.”1 In addition, transparency as a behavior implies openness, communication, and accountability.2 In Spiraling Petals, the goal was to merge both aspects of transparency together to create a modern, graphic quilt depicting an opening rose; hence the soft, round edges and sharp, crisp points merging together into a cohesive whole.
Robert Kaufman provided the following Kona Cotton Solids for this project: Pearl Pink (Fabric A), Pink (Fabric B), Bubblegum (Fabric C), and Pomegranate (Fabric D, binding, and backing). If I were do it all again… I’d aim for a slightly darker value Fabric B like Medium Pink. 😉
It’s very exciting to be able to say that I have a pattern that has been translated into another language! Simply Moderne is publised by Quiltmania and Issue 9 will be also available and published in English soon.