Henry Griggs Rambling
Visit to Australia 2002
Sydney house 2002
Circular Quay 2004
Circular Quay 2002
Centrepoint Tower 2004
Oz Birds 2004
Oz Birds 2002
Bridge Climb 2002
Photo of the day
Geek Alaska 2003
UK in 2003
Geek Caribbean 2002
Photo Of The Day
Hampton Road Events
Hampton Roads Aussies
Juniper Rowing Club
Great Dismal Regatta
Virginia Beach Belles
Virginia Beach Rowing Club
Williamsburg Boat Club
The First Quilt (from start to finish)
This is an early stage of the first quilt. A foam board is propped on
a chair, and a quilt pattern cloth is folded on top. This pattern
cloth simply has 2 inch squares marked all over it. Then Anne starts
pinning 2 inch squares of cloth in the right place, according to her
design. This isn't like painting-by-numbers. The cloth comes from all
over the place. There's a network of quilters on eBay who exchange
squares of cloth and buy and sell these squares of cloth, just so they
can get enough variety. The squares are chosen and pinned to the
board. It's like those new computer images that are created from small
dots that are created by reducing other photos. The squares of cloth
are not supposed to match exactly. They are supposed to blend and be
colour harmonious when viewed at a distance. I think an exact match
would spoil the effect.
The design advances. This quilt is suppose to give the effect of
looking through a window at a huge flower garden, with the light from
the sun bursting through the foliage near the top. The sun effect is
created by light shaded squares of cloth in the top centre.
Matching the squares to where they should be is a time consuming task.
Anne uses a red coloured device that she peers through. I think it's a
red filter and it allows her to match the shades of blue and green, so
that she gets pleasing matches between adjoining squares. I've seen
her rip down a square foot of squares and rebuild them because one
square didn't match another. It takes a long time to arrange all the
squares for one of these quilts. This is called "giving visual
texture". The effect is achieved by using fabrics with different
colours, different colour values, and different lines and designs.
Finally, all the squares are attached where Anne wants them. The
longest part of the quilt-making process is over. The rest takes next
to nothing compared to the sorting and matching process. Each square
is attached to the backing board with a pin at the top, and hangs
loosely from the pin.
The quilt is then taken down and all the squares are ironed on to the
backing cloth. This sort of fixes them down temporarily. The pins are
removed. Then they are all sewn together. This reduces the 2 inch
squares of cloth to 1 squares of cloth. At this stage, the quilt is a
unified piece of cloth and can be cast aside to pine for finishing.
This quilt has a happy ending. It got finished. It acquired a black
edge border, and then acquired a rich blue border, a hanging flap at
the top, a hanger and it got hung.
It's one of the first things you see when you enter the house now.
It's quite effective and very pretty.