Friday, October 23, 2009

Tessellations


"A tessellated pattern is one that interlocks, creating identical positive and negative spaces that can go on indefinitely", quoted from the book Tessellation Quilts: Sensational Designs From Interlocking Patterns.


I have enjoyed piecing the Magical Maze pattern from this book.  I have adapted it to according to my own color preferences and measurements.

The great thing about this quilt is that it is extremely simple, and you need only a very little amount of each fabric.  Another great scrap buster project. This tessellation is made from a very simple rectangle.  There are many shapes that tessellate and the patterns created can look like a quilting impossibility.

There is limited opportunity for chain or strip piecing for this quilt.  Each and every rectangle is pieced with a different fabric.  This means the quilt top spent a fair amount of time on the design floor, which is not ideal.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed playing with pattern and color.


I am contemplating adding  borders to this quilt, maybe even just along the top and bottom, and hope to be able to spent some time on the weekend finishing this quilt top.

I hope you enjoy the weekend and that you get to spend some time doing what you enjoy most, whatever that may be.

40 comments:

  1. Looks amazing - one to aspire to making myself one day (maybe when I actually have a fabric stash and scrap pile!!).

    Still loving your stuff.

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  2. Gorgeous!
    Looks like you'd really have to concentrate when piecing it together to keep the pattern the right way.

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  3. I love it! And the colours... FANTASTIC!

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  4. WOW!
    This looks amazing. I would have gone mad if I had tried to make something like this :-)
    Have a nice weekend!

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  5. I adore tesselated quilts, this one is a real winner, love it.

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  6. I love the way you layed this out.
    Very nice. Thanks for yesterday's blog on tools of the trade. You answered many of the questions I had. Now if I can just figure out how to attach the quilting guide to the walking foot...
    I look forward to your blog. Thank you.

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  7. Great quilt top.

    I was just thinking that if you use that grey (at least that's what it looks like on my computer, Ash grey)solid for sashing the other shapes will sort of float in the grey field!:) At least that's what it looks like it would do to me!;)

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  8. I LOVE IT! I'm going to have to try this one! Love the colors in this.

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  9. I really love it! The colors are beautiful.

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  10. I just found your blog yesterday and I'm in love. Your work is amazing and I have so many questions for you. Just one for today. When you buy your fabric how much of each do you buy? As in yardage. Also do you usually buy the whole collection? I just love the way you put your colors together it must be my style. Thanks so much for inspiring me. Cynthia

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  11. Really beautiful, and the pattern looks so intricate. Love the colours too.

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  12. this is beautiful....you out do yourself every time.

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  13. Oh thanks everyone for all your kind comments!

    So glad you are liking the bright bright colors! And for Cynthia - I usually buy 1/2 yards, unless it is a repeat order of something and I know I will use more of it, in which case I order 1 yard. I rarely buy a whole collection, I certainly used to, but now just select the ones that I really like. I like to mix fabric collections and fabric designers when making quilts. I hope that answers your question! Thanks for asking.

    Rita

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  14. Amazing quilt with lots of favorite fabrics in there! Wonderful!

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  15. Looks nice... I have done one of Martha Thompsons Square Dance pieces which is similiar that it is tessalating but sounds a little more condusive to speed piecing... I love all the colors.

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  16. I can see having a design wall would be handy for this quilt = I have a "design floor" LOL not so handy! the quilt is pretty.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  17. Gorgeous, absolutely - just bind it!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  18. The basic process is to cut 4 pieces of each fabric, and then just lay them out before sewing?

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  19. That's beautiful........I think that it would look great if you added just one block width of the grey that you have used around the outside edges of your blocks. That way the whole bit of patchwork would just float on top of the grey........then, of course, you could bind it with one of your fabulous prints.

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  20. Wow! Looks so complicated, but so pretty!
    I like the idea of just binding it also!(Hard for me,I always seem to border all my quilts!)

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  21. This is great and I love that it's a scrap buster to boot!

    Carolyn

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  22. Lovely, lovely quilt! And obviously appealing to many!

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  23. Gorgeous! I love how you always use such beautiful, bright colours.

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  24. Wonderful! I have that book! I've avoided projects that need to be laid out because I didn't have the space.

    But a week or two ago I had my very first experience with the batting-covered design wall. It's like magic, and now I must have one! :)

    I'm anxious to see what you pick for a border...

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  25. Really lovely Rita! Looks like a fabulous book, will have to add it to my Christmas list :-) I hope to get a baby boy quilt top started this weekend, at the VERY least... here's to a productive weekend for all of us! Cheers!

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  26. Stunning Rita...a gorgeous pattern but the fabrics you have choosen are superb!

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  27. Absolutely beautiful! Was it fun to make, or tedious?

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  28. What a beautiful quilt - I love the colours.

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  29. Love how it turned out. I had made one just like this and you definitely need a design wall/floor so that you don't get the fabrics mixed up. I did mine out of Kaffes about 4 years ago.

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  30. The design floor! You are funny:-) Another wonderful quilt.

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  31. It's so pretty and I love all the happy colours!

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  32. i hear tessellations!!! very nice job with this one!

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  33. I just love your top. Thank you very much for the information on the book: I just contacted the author in order to buy one copy.

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