What do the tough do when the going gets tough? This tough artist sets herself a diabolically demanding, but equally tempting mission. It is my equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest.
No way would I tackle such an adventure without EQ8. I really appreciate how EQ8 allows me to test drive design option after design option. If I had to draft everything manually, substituting this line, that color, a different layout or block option, I can imagine it taking me months vs. a few concentrated hours. If it took me months to design a new quilt, I believe there is an extremely good chance I would give up. EQ8 not only provides me with design tools, but also tools to share and print my plans.
Turbulence (the current working title for my new work in progress quilt) is based on the Storm at Sea block. I’ve always loved the secondary wave patterns created by this block. Since the impetus was to capture a turbulent sky and ocean, the Storm at Sea block was a perfect choice to play with. I could have taken the simple route and selected a horizontal layout of blocks. This is the traditional way with blocks sewn together in horizontal rows and those rows seamed together to form vertical columns. However, to create the choppy ocean and night sky thunderstorm I was after, I opted for a diamond layout. This still has rows and columns, but on the diagonal. Think of the way window panes might be positioned in older buildings.
EQ8 provides a diamond layout. When I place a square block in a diamond pane, it automatically distorts and drafts the block behind the scene. I can even print out each block in this insanely complex quilt to use as a color by numbers pattern.
A plus for selecting the Storm at Sea block is that it can be paper pieced. This means I don’t have to spend endless hours cutting fabric using templates, especially since the individual triangles and parallelograms are not the typical 30, 60 and 90 degree angles used in quilting. Next week I’ll try to remember to share what the back of the piece looks like so you can see just how intricate this design is. Here is the front side.
I could have chosen to piece this quilt with solid fabrics. This is how I designed the quilt for simplicity sake. However, one of the reasons I am fiber artist vs. a painter is because I never tire of how patterned fabric, be it commercial or achieved via surface design, creates an interplay of light and shadow. Nature is not made up of solid colors. Even though I am creating something abstract, I want to capture the light streaking through the sky or reflecting on the ocean.
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.