This is great because I have no idea if I will ever be able to participate in a live quilt festival. So this is a great way to get started. The only problem is that I am supposed to pick out my favorite quilt! How can a girl do that?! Each one is a labor of love and I learn something new every time I put a new combination of fabrics together in a different pattern.
But one of the most important quilts to me is probably the wall hanging that I made for my Dad last year.
I'm very close to my Dad and I take after him in a lot of ways. He's a math and science genius and I've come by my love of math quite naturally. He's always excited to see applications of mathematics visually, so I searched for a pattern that would represent a little bit of this. I have so many other versions that I want to try out (classic quilting problem...so many quilts...so little time) but ultimately I decided on what is both a classic quilt pattern and a great geometric visual.
This quilt, Cubed, is a combination of variations of the classic tumbling block. I love how the cubes have slices missing from them or seem to be facing a certain way. There is so much motion, yet everything appears suspended.
This was my first time attempting the tumbling block and in classic me fashion I did it in the most difficult way I could find. :) A little tedious, but I honestly loved how challenging the piecing was for this. The whole quilt is made up of pieced hexagons, another great shape to have in the quilt.
This quilt also gave me a chance to practice my free motion and straight line quilting. I used the leaf pattern of the batik as a loose pattern to follow, a technique that I've grown to love.
This quilt is displayed in my father's office at school and I have many people who've told me that they see it every time that they visit him. He had it up and on the wall at school the next day. I hope to someday have a whole collection of little quilts hanging in his office...all math related of course!