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MC Escher Quilt

Escher's fish and birds

While working on piecing my quilt, I have it hung in my dining room, designing the colors and shapes by pinning pieces to an old sheet. From time to time I have been sewing pieces that were ready in order to ward off complete boredom because cutting is so tedious. All in all I'm thrilled with the progress I've made.

Yesterday I took a picture, intending to simply brag on my progress but it struck me in looking at the quilt hanging on the wall, how much it looked like something MC Escher would draw. The pieces start at the top, sewn together and ironed flat, perfect diamonds meshing into colorful cubes. As the quilt descends down the wall, fewer and fewer diamonds are sewn together until by the bottom they hang crazily by pins, not even ling up with their future rows. At last, the purple part of the quilt is entirely missing, not even cut out yet.

For a minute, I fantasized about taking the whole thing down to the Prichard Gallery and submitting it as textile art. A half-finished quilt, symbolizing the incompleteness we all feel in our lives, the lack of closure, a longing, a shattering of the ideal. Then I laughed at myself and took down a few more squares to sew together.

Thus endeth my career as a world-famous textile artist. I think I should stick with Photography.


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Jan. 17th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
That's really neat. I'm thinking about turning some of Abby's receiving blankets and clothes into a quilt. Have any recommendations of a beginner's pattern?
Jan. 17th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
I'm not sure. I'm a beginner quilter myself, although not a beginner seamstress. But I know very little about quilting and I'm learning as I go. I'm told that the "log cabin" block is easy because you don't have to line any corners up. But it looks kind of hard when I google the pattern. So I'm afraid I am not much help!
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
That is beautiful. I have a sewing machine that I can't figure out. Maybe this summer, ya know when I'm out of school, you and your kids can come over and you can help me figure the thing out!
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