This workshop began
just before Xmas 2012 and has run over several weeks. I
designed and made up the small medallion-style quilt
specifically for a Mystery Quilt Challenge for the Group. I
then set to, mentally de-constructing the quilt into segments so
that as they were made up the mystery would be kept until the
last possible moment. No easy feat!
Several members took up the
challenge and participants were only told how much fabric was
needed in light, medium and dark colour values. The girls found
it very difficult choosing fabrics to make something when they
didn't know what it looked like, but I did of course, so was
able to suggest fabrics from those they brought in to be
auditioned. I drew up cutting plans for the four fabrics, and
the first class was spent cutting all the various components.
The next two sessions concentrated on making segments for the
on-point border, and the checkerboard border, but as they were
made up in segments no-one was able to work out that they were
parts of borders or what the layout would be.
The fourth session
revealed the inner medallion, and then in the fifth class the
setting triangles were revealed and suddenly the girls began to
see what was happening!
After more borders had been added the
girls began to think of ideas for appliqué work to be added to
the setting triangles and centre block. Some have used
Celtic-knot work as a design source, and others have taken ideas
from the fabrics themselves and appliquéd solid shapes.
Workshop tutor, Rachel Atienza