Monday, January 23, 2012

Can Wedges Dance?

Thanks so much for all the questions and suggestions.  I appreciate hearing what you are interested in reading.  I guess I haven't been very good at talking about process lately.  I've got some ideas for how to share more, so thanks!

Since I didn't have any kona snow, I decided to switch gears and go with another idea that was on my list.  I've been working on a bunch of designs using the traditional dresden wedge in other ways rather than a dresden plate.  I needed a baby quilt for a friend so I played a bit and came up with Dancing Wedges.
 I used some leftover fabric from two of Aneela Hoey's lines, some Rich Red and Ash Kona cottons.  I started with the wedges alternating like this.  I liked it, but to make the prints shine more I framed each wedge in the red.
 I wanted a bit more movement within the line of wedges so I adjusted them so they "danced" a bit more.  I stair stepped them in threes.  The last step was to cut additional wedges to fill in the background.
 After I made the panel I decided I liked it vertical this time, and I added a blank wedge in the negative space to be able to add the baby's name and date.  I'm thinking I'd like to embroider it.
I like how graphic yet simple it is.  I think there are some great quilting possibilites too!

A little Monday business.  Sorry I didn't get to the winner on Friday.  The week slipped away from me!  Here are the winners of the $20.00 gift certificates from Pink Chalk Fabrics:

Susie DW
Pmookie
Kris loves fabric
Piece peace
Congratulations!  If that's you, drop me an email.  I'll send everyone's info to Kathy and she'll set you up!

My Kona snow should be arriving today, so I should be able to get back to my red and white piece.
Have a great week!

44 comments:

Erin said...

That's so cool! Love it.

Mom C said...

Refreshing. The outline really adds. Like the step idea. Love your simple lines. Thanks.

Linda said...

This is such a clever idea for a quilt. Yes, there IS "something new under the sun."

Marty Mason said...

Yes, your wedges are tapping a fine dance tune. Wonderful idea...great inspiration.

rachael said...

love this! i've been working lately on incorporating more solids into my projects to allow for some more interesting quilting options. this is great example of that :)

em's scrapbag said...

Congrats to the winners! Love your dancing wedges! What a fun idea!

Melissa said...

Wow! This is really stunning and FUN!! I love the colors and the movement of the wedges and the negative space. And the little wedge for the baby's name is such a great idea. :) Mama and baby will be so please!

Elle said...

Once again, you exemplify the word "artist"! That's just fantastic - so creative and graphic! And the outlining makes it! Thanks for sharing! :)

Pétra said...

I love the design! You have such a great eye for simple dynamic quilts.
Congratulation to the winners!

Donna said...

Dancing Wedges? Fabulous. Jacquie, I love this quilt. Can't wait to see how you quilt it!

Elsa said...

Great quilt ~ love the colors and your use of the taupe background and the idea of putting the baby's name in embroidery. You could put the birth date in there too. Thanks for sharing your awesome creativity!

Miranda said...

It looks great! Thanks for sharing!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I love everything about this!!! :)

Katie said...

Love the design! I also need some of that Red Riding Hood print for my collection of RRH fabrics.

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Love this design!! So simple and yet so fun!! What a great idea!!

Monica said...

love how the red border makes the fabric pop!

Annelise said...

Weee - I love this quilt! Fantastic simple and so lovely!

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Very striking! I like the red framing the wedges against the neutral background, fab color combinations!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I really liked hearing about the evolution of the quilt and seeing the design wall. I must make one soon!

Debbie said...

I love reading your thought process. It helps me create.

**nicke... said...

this is so lovely! i love it jacquie. maybe a small tutorial??? please??? please?? or make the pattern. i want to buy it!

folksmith said...

Love the wedge quilt.

Jess said...

Gorgeous! What a great design.

Richard Healey said...

Great quilt. I tend to try and make every thing busy on the quilt I like the open space and the extra block for the name is a great idea.

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Paula said...

Great creation!! Those dresden wedges are so versatile!! love it, really.

emedoodle said...

This is really fabulous! You're making me want to buy some red fabric!

Marcia W. said...

Fabulous!

SusieDW said...

Wow! I'm so thrilled to win a prize! Thanks! Love the new dancing wedges trimmed in red! They remind me of piano keys.... wondering about some dark color punctuation along the negative right side... like Kyoto rock garden pools of rocks and ripples... or is that another project? *smile? Thank you, Jacquie!

SusieDW said...

Congrats to all winners! Jacquie, I just emailed you my info. If you don't receive pls contact me at susieagua13@cox.net

Arita said...

I love this design, can't wait to see it quilted.

JaneB said...

Coolest baby quilt . . . ever.

Malealyn said...

The outline is such a great pop! Thank you for sharing!

Esch House Quilts said...

Great quilt - the blank wedge for the baby's name is perfect!

Poppyprint said...

This is such a fantastic modern design!!

Betsy said...

I love the red outlines, it makes it super zippy!

Kristen said...

Gorgeous! I love the idea of a spot for the baby's name!

Live a Colorful Life said...

What a great design! Especially the extra one of the baby's name.

Heather Jones said...

It's so gorgeous, Jacquie! I love the pops of red with the framing.

QuiltNut Creations said...

oh it's just so fun!! love it.

teresa said...

love it love it love it !!!!!!!!!

sewquick said...

I absolutely love this. I need to make a baby quilt so I'm going to try my hand at it. Thanks so much for your inspiration!

Patrick said...

Simple, clean, and fun. I love it!

Valerie said...

What a clever idea!

Lynn Douglass said...

Wow! This is so cool! I love the possibilities you've inspired!