Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Serendipity – Taking Shape

Things are really starting to get interesting in this book!  Last week I was introduced to interwoven squares, and this week I worked with other shapes. 

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Triangles, hexagons, and trumpets. 

P9090005When triangles are interwoven, you get two patterns.  One side forms three kites like above.

P9090006And the other side forms three long triangles.  When the edges are rolled back, a slightly different pattern is formed.

P9090010I made six triangles and placed half of them with the kite side up and half with the triangle side.  Then I stitched them together to form a hexagon and rolled back the inner edges.  You can see a difference in the folds, although the center opening is the same size and shape.

And then I moved on to hexagons as the beginning shape.

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There are two ways to weave hexagon shapes.  First by using just three folded hexies like the one on the left.  Weaving six folded hexies makes a more complex pattern – like the one on the right.  It is also a lot more fabric to stitch through!

P9090011And here they are with the edges rolled back.  The six-piece hexie is neater because I folded the pieces along the bias and stitched the edges back all the way to the corners.  When I stitched contrasting fabrics for the other two, I did not realize the seam needs to be on the bias.  I’ll have to try that again sometime.

P9090009And then I started on the “trumpets.”  At this stage they are just prairie points – although a trifle large!  They are inserted into seams so they can be opened and manipulated several ways.

P9090017The simplest method is to press the folds open and roll the edge.  I also inserted a Baltimore rose for interest.

P9090016Another simple method is to add a small square inside and roll the two outer edges over the square’s edge. 

P9090015 The piece does not have to be opened on center, either.  I think this looks like a lily blossom.

P9090014And there are several different ways to open and fold the basic prairie point triangle.  This one might need something inserted before it’s really finished, but that was all the time I had today.

P9090012Here’s the four trumpet shapes together.   With just these four samples, I can see there are a lot of things one could do with this shape.  In fact, I peeked ahead in the book (just a little!) and found there are several more pages dealing with trumpets!

Guess I’ll be playing with this shape again next week.  What fun!

1 comment:

virtualquilter said...

Love seeing what you are doing with these ... keep them coming!
Judy B