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« on: September 12, 2007 10:20:04 AM »

Someone expressed interest in another thread, so in lieu of threadjacking, here's my latest exercise in frustration

I'm done the orange, almost done the green, and onto the purple - Here's a photo of  the orange

I've been working on it a few years. To give you an idea of scale, the larger squares are 6.5x6.5, and the smaller are 3.5 x 3.5 - the "small" pieces in the "small" square are sometimes .25" x .25".

And now the part where you'll REALLY think i'm crazy.

I'm doing it all using fabric I dyed myself.

And I'm hand sewing it all - It's paper piecing.

Friends are now joking that I'd better hurry up or else they won't be able to bury me in it.

All in all there's about 5300 separate pieces - between 20 and forty squares/rectangles for each individual colour.

Edited to add closeups of some of the patches completed so far:

Sorry they're a bit dark - someone borrowed my good flash.

Edit: To clarify: The first picture is the magazine's photo of the completed project. I'm nowhere near that far done yet Smiley
« Last Edit: September 13, 2007 01:50:45 PM by anaximander » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2007 10:38:55 AM »

wow...so much cutting!  It'll look sooooooo wonderful when it is complete.
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2007 11:53:32 AM »

You ARE insane, but those are the greatest people

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2007 01:57:22 PM »

I cannot believe how beautiful those are. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2007 02:34:37 PM »

That is one of the most beautiful quilting patterns I've ever seen in my life! You are insane, but it's made with so much love, I can't even imagine how well it'll wear and how long it'll last. You are amazing... insane, but amazing.

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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2007 02:55:47 PM »

You are insane...

but in 20 years when you finish, I want to see the finished product.  Smiley  Good luck!  It looks beautiful so far!

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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2007 03:49:12 PM »

OMFreakin'G!  That is soooo beautiful.  Who cares how long it takes? It is a masterpiece.  I can't believe how gorgeous that is.  Where did you get the inspiration?  It actually looks like a stained glass window because of the luminous colour choices.  You must be so proud of that!
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2007 03:59:31 PM »

Wow, this Rocks...... and I did hit the button!

Amazing! wow....................... I agree that this is crazy and I also want to know where this came from? I bet you could get those friends who are bugging you to help you for a marathon dye day......
After all if they are going to get on your case shouldn't they help Wink

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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2007 05:45:41 PM »

It was actually in a quilting magazine (quilts with style) from august 2003. I'd done a whole series of half-yard gradations going around the colour wheel, and was looking for inspiration. (by the way, if you're looking for a new and fun way to annoy roommates, doing gradated quilt dying is one of the very best ways EVER). I used this technique -

http://gsdye.com/Canada/PDF_files/dyeing_to_quilt.pdf - Except I doubled everything to do a half yard rather than a quarter.

I am cheating one tiny bit - I'm using pre bought black broadcloth for the "leading." The black cotton I could get ahold of just looked dusty.
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2007 09:20:42 PM »

What a fantastic project! Just think of it this way: you won't be able to be burried in it becuase your children will be fighting over who gets to keep the family heirloom.
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