Since this theme was announced, I feel as if I see spirals everywhere! Plants, animals, cave painting, mathematical formulas...I shouldn't be surprised if spirals were the most common shape (if you can call a spiral a shape?) in both the natural world and the evolution of human artistry. I could very easily have spent three months taking inspiration and pondering what to make and never got started at all.
So, mindful of our post about procrastination and knowing that I might well be short of time this quarter, I decided to go with my first idea, which I thought would be quite quick and simple and will also be a memory of my birthday present from my daughters (which I didn't get around to blogging about). Without giving too much away it involves an old table cloth and a baravelle spiral. I did procrastinate about this for about a month because I learned the technique from a book - Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts - and I have used it to make mini quilts twice before.
July 2012 for a swap.
This made me worry that it wouldn't be original and it wouldn't be an art quilt as I didn't invent the spiral or the technique...But I reminded myself the group requirement is a finished quilt posted by the deadline - not an incredible masterpiece - and, as it turned out, it was not so quick and simple as I thought. With the mini quilts, I used regular polygons and paper pieced onto baking parchment. With this one, I used an irregular polygon and I found out just before I started sewing that a certain thing (I can't say what without giving away the subject of my quilt) had to spiral the opposite way to the way I had anticipated so I had to have one spiral going one way and six the other. This would have been a good design choice if it had been a design choice but it caused me a surprising amount of confusion and I ended up having to redraft the whole thing in mirror image on the back of the cloth and write the numbers in each triangle before I could bring myself to risk sewing on it.
And now I have spiralled enough and I just have to quilt and embellish.
Hopefully, I'll get that done next week and I won't have my usual last minute panic to finish this time.
Happy sewing and Good Luck with getting your quilts finished in time to relax before the deadline.
I can't wait to see everyone's reveals on August 1st :)