Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Robin Round Three - The Stars Look Very Different Today...


Puppilalla, Wombat Quilts, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars

Starry, Starry Night…


There is a whole lot of freedom that comes when working on a quilt, whose design elements just float in space like the stars in Karin’s starry skies do. The request was simply to create beautiful colourful stars, gas clouds, planet rings and other space related features against the background material Karin provided for her project. I briefly asked Karin if she had preferences for the continuation of her quilt top colour wise as I was a bit stuck and she gave me a few pointers to set me a course.

Puppilalla, Wombat Quilts, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars




I had to hold back not to go crazy choosing an inordinate amount of foundation paper pieced stars I could imagine adorning Karin’s nightly skies. Especially, since the main feature of my addition was to be a partially visible planet that was circled by a satellite (Earth calling Sputnik =). The other stars were to be supporting actors for the main event. Furthermore, Karin had dropped hints that she liked moon phases as well and I wanted to include another celestial body that was partially covered in the shadow of a fellow nearby planet to create that all familiar moon shape. The latter did get cut from the final project planning stage as there is such a thing called 'too much'.

My Project Plan


Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars






Generally, I had bitten off more than I could chew. Had I managed to do all that I put down on paper in my preliminary sketch, I would have added more than three participants before me taken together. Hence Anita, who comes after me has her work space cut out for her (Sorry Anita) and will have to actually sew on my addition once her's is in place.  


Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars


I only noticed afterwards but I seem to have a penchant for four pointed stars. All my additions belong to the four-point-family, all except for the repetition of Rachel’s five pointed star of course, which I added to tie my additions back to the design elements that had previously been introduced. I am after all going on about cohesion all the time.


Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars


How did it go? I love foundation paper piecing, so that was easy and enjoyable. I researched other ‘universe’, ‘night sky’ and ‘planet’ themed quilts to get an idea how to go about crating the impression of a round body in space. I reasoned that using only one fabric would make the piece look flat and I wanted to see light and shadow and curvature. Working out the gradual fabric change was the difficult part. I also did not want my addition to completely overwhelm what had come before. That was a difficult balance to strike.


Puppilalla, The Rakish Needle Robin, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars


My planet was initially bigger than what I ended up putting down as applique but when I showed Karin pictures of my intended addition, she asked for the planet to be made smaller. Yes, that is right, for the first time during this round robin, I went back to the owner of the piece to get clearance for my project plan. My addition would have changed the character of the piece significantly and I wanted to make sure that Karin was OK with that.

Most of my addition was completed at a Fall Retreat sewing weekend away, where there were fabulous backdrops to shoot quilty pictures against. Don't the mushrooms in the above picture all look like space ships?  =)


Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars


Once I had stitched the planet down, I commenced working on the satellite. I chose fabric with technical drawings and language to signify intelligent life expolring space. I lost perspective of how long the individual rods of the satellite ought to have been but only noticed at the very end when all was done and finshed, where I went wrong. Ah well. A lesson to take away for the next time I happen to work on planet orbiting satellites. 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars, The Rakish Needle Robin



In the end was very pleased with how close my addition came to what I had put down on paper as project plan. This was a very enjoyable round. And the spare stars I had pieced? I sent them along to Anita to include ... or not.  =)





2 comments:

  1. A beautiful addition to the quilt, Katrin. I have laid out the parts on my couch and am waiting for inspiration. I guess there will be a starry or planetary moment, soon.

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  2. Love your additions. Especially the fun Sputnik :)

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