It's a start on a complex quilt. At the last guild meeting we had a members' flea market. Someone was selling the paper piecing pattern with printed papers for this unusual spiral, hexagonal quilt. I purchased it thinking, How on earth...? But I like a challenge so I got some scrap fabric and made a sample.
It's difficult to handle the spiral. No two pieces in the quilt (there are 39 in each hexagone) are the same size and shape. They are not cut out, one takes strips of the fabrics, works from the back and when done zigzags the spiral together, then covers the zigzagged seam with rick rack -- by hand is the only way to do it satisfactorily. Phew! But it's also kind of fun.
I pulled out a lot of pieces from a years-long collection of metallic prints and decided to make a sizable quilt -- what size exactly remains to be seen. But this is a start. As you see I reverse the light-dark of the fabrics in different hexagons. Two hexagons requires nearly all of two fat quarters -- paper piecing always makes quite a bit of waste. It will be a quilt of many colors but all in deeper tones contrasted with complex light fabrics. This is a start, I think it's going to take quite a while.
Yes, this is a quilt. I didn't make a note, but I believe it is by the well-known art quilter Barbara McKie and that the bears are thread painted. It seems very appropriate as winter set in around the county.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!