Archive for October, 2015

When you are a quilter…

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

….everything looks like a quilt.

This wall sculpture started in a class with Nick Agar ( at Craft Supplies in Provo, Utah.

I was frustrated by the scale of the original turning.  Most of my surface design methods were too detailed in the early stages.  It turns out that I don’t have a good sense of what the carvers call ‘modelling’ for 3D effects on a 2D surface.  So the only solution for me was to divide, and divide again, until the scale of the work seemed right.

Nine-patch is a common way that quilters divide space.

Sometimes you just have to keep going…

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Of the blocks left over from the 9-patch composition, I found these four for a smaller piece.  They had quite a bit of bare wood.  For the 2 5/8″ squares, zentangles in ink were just about the right level of detail.

I chose the composition for both of the wooden quilts.  Next time, I won’t create a fixed design.  While I was working on them, visitors to the studio really enjoyed playing with the blocks.  If adults can rediscover coloring books, blocks must be the next big thing.

–hard maple, 11″ square at the first turning; divided into 4, each turned again and then divided into fourths, for 16 blocks total to make up the two ‘quilts.’