|Pythagorean Spiral, 28.5" x 21"|
This quilt was inspired, imagined, created and quilted last month between everything else I did. But it was the type of inspiration that grabs you and won't let you go until you've finished the project.
First, I saw this image online (and despite numerous and detailed digging, I have been unable to find the original artist! If you know anything, please let me know!):
I then brought the 250% enlargement home, and worked out how to turn it in a very bare paper piecing pattern (no seam allowances, just used a highlighter to mark where I needed to leave enough fabric for the seam allowence) and cut it up, using a paperclip to keep the pieces from each wedge together:
|Pythagorean Spiral Quilt pattern: 17 wedges, 4 of those wedges have 2 pieces, the rest have 3 pieces = 47 pieces to this pattern! You can see a marker and a rotary cutter on the left for size reference.|
I had also printed 10 coloring pages to work out colors and fabrics. I used this DreamsTime image as color inspiration:
I pulled all my coordinating fabrics and packed them in my suitcase. It wasn't until I was on the airplane that I worked out how to use the colors on my spiral:
|Pythagorean Spiral Quilt: colors and fabrics|
But my stash was missing anything orangey-pink, which I really wanted to use. So I mentioned that to my friend Yvonne (from Quilting Jetgirl, she went on the retreat with me, which made the retreat so much more fun!) and she said she'd bring all her orangey-pink fabrics for me to use!
|Moose selfies with Yvonne!|
I also ended up using some of her oranges, yellows, purples and pinks by the time I finished. What I'm saying is my finished quilt wouldn't be quite as colorful and awesome without her fabric assistance! Here is a collage of it being pieced:
|Pythagorean Spiral Quilt piecing.|
|Pythagorean Spiral Quilt: the back of the paper pieced quilt top.|
|Pythagorean Spiral Quilt: 28.5" x 21"|
But if it doesn't get in, that's okay. I made this quilt for me and am so thrilled with how it turned out! Every part of it was a labor of love, but fulfilled a deep rooted creative need. When I started quilting it I planned to keep it simple, but quickly realized the quilt demanded more than just stitch-in-the-ditch and a few background squiggles:
|Pythagorean Spiral Quilt: quilt back.|
I used all Aurifil threads, and was so happy to realize I had all the right (or close enough) colors:
|Pythagorean Spiral Quilt: Aurifil threads used on the spiral|
The background was only quilted with some wavy lines in Aurifil Dove at first, but I added more lines using the colors about (and a few extras):
|Pythagorean Spiral Quilt: background quilting using 9 colors of Aurifil.|
I only quilted the spiral in the ditch to start, but after finishing the background I realized the spiral really needed a little more quilting (and it still needed to be blocked to make it lay flat!). I kept it fairly simple, but did a lot of thread changes so the quilting wouldn't draw too much attention:
|Pythagorean Spiral Quilt: quilting detail.|
|Pythagorean Spiral Quilt: back quilting detail|
The center of the triangle is 17 points, and all of those seam allowances make it very bulky--like quilting over it was not possible. After a lot of discussion with my quilting friends/consultants I ended up going with some designs from my quilted paisleys:
|Pythagorean Spiral Quilt: center quilting detail.|
|Pythagorean Spiral Quilt: back center detail.|
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient (bamboo-silk-cotton blend that has an amazing hand/softness, even after all my dense quilting!).
Binding: Handcrafted by Alison Glass
Backing: Kona Purple
Backing thread: Aurifil Dove (2600)
So maybe you're wondering if I'm going to create a pattern so you can make your very own? YES. I am working on making this into a pattern that does have seam allowances, piecing guide, tips, and coloring pages and will let everyone know when it is available to purchase!