Yesterday we shared here about Debbie Caffrey’s design process during Quiltmaker‘s annual staff challenge. Today we’re featuring a quilt by Charlotte Angotti, who co-authored the book on which our challenge was based.
Surprise Yourself! follows co-authors Charlotte and Debbie as they approach their different design processes. Charlotte starts with the fabric for inspiration, while Debbie starts with the pieces and the math.
We used the guidelines in the book for this challenge. We could use four basic units: Four Patch, half- and quarter-square triangles and Flying Geese; we could add squares and triangles. They all had to finish at 3″, 6″, 9″ or 12″.
We invited Charlotte and Debbie to sew with us. Charlotte used fabrics from Northcott. Her thoughts are below.
As a quilter, I push myself when given a challenge. Locked into a colorway or a size of pattern or even the size of the project can make me feel less creative if I don’t really push myself. I think it is the feeling of limits. To me, quiltmaking is limitless and the ideas are boundless. I love that. But, we should all push ourselves sometimes or we become boring and predictable…and we wouldn’t want that!
(Island Paradise-Cayuga-Surf, by Michele Scott of The Pieceful Quilter for Northcott)
The Modern Quilt movement has caught my attention in the past year or so. Using solid fabrics more; with bold prints or exclusively solids, they are striking and full of space for brilliant quilting.
With that in mind I used a great deal of white solid in my challenge piece. The fabric I was given was really not a stretch for me, since they are my favorite colors, by far…but the limited amount of different fabrics from one company, the limited size of the units used and a deadline all played for my challenge.
(Stonehenge-Caribbean by Linda Ludivico for Northcott)
But just as Surprise Yourself! shows, I made the units and began the fun of playing with them on the design wall until something sparked. Then all the limits were gone and the design took over.
It was easy to sew because everything went with the solid white. Made that decision first. I am all for easy. Since there is no math in my method, mostly playing with the color, this challenge was fun after all!
In my opinion, the best quilts look difficult but can be made by anyone who understands how to break them down into parts.
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