It’s the latest trend in Hollywood, and it’s about to hit my quilting. I’m talking about 3-D. Not the kind you need funky glasses for, but the kind you create with quick rotary cuts and speedy stitching. 3-D quilting beckons.
Here’s why: It will be birthday season in my house again soon and time to roll out some new projects, and my kids are gravitating toward designs that pop out at you.
Not that many of my old ones are completed yet; Orange Peels are still stuck to my back door, and my sampler quilt is in the midst of machine quilting (currently residing on my loveseat); a few other things are mid-way, but new inspiration beckons for some gifts for my girls, who were born in October and November.
I offered to take my older daughter to the fabric store and we came up with some (surprise!) pink, red, and yellow and green accents. Primary colors softened just a bit with pastels. We have been waffling about what pattern to pick. I originally wanted something that might cover more of her twin sized bed than her current quilt (last year’s birthday gift). But that may be a pipe dream, at the rate I’m moving.
I wanted to find a pattern that would showcase a large theme print. At first I considered setting it on point, but no, that looks weird when your fabric has a up-and-down pattern to it. (Everything seemed to lurch diagonally.) So I starting thinking out attic windows, which lets you “see in” to a window-like frame, and shine a spotlight on the printed center square.
Here are the blocks we’ve narrowed it down to at this point, with my daughter’s input:
I like the “traditional” attic windows block on the left. You get a sense of depth from the window “sill” and I’d do lots of these in columns and a few rows. I am sewing my attic windows easy-style with half-square triangles, rather than doing set-in seams, but I still think it looks pretty good. Here is a nice discussion of how to do it this way. I am also consulting terrific books by Ursula Reikes, who has demonstrated both styles of block.
The one on the right is preferred by my daughter (and my husband, interestingly) who thinks it looks snazzy. It does have a bit of depth, but it appears that the real 3-D-ness is lost when you add the extra window “sides” – it’s funny because it sort of reminds me of medieval paintings where there’s no sense of perspective and everything pops out equally.
What do you think? 3-D, or not?
Even if I do decide to do this one medieval-style, I will probably make a more “true” attic windows quilt for my second daughter, who is craving one with fish, one of these days. An interesting experiment either way.
I must admit that I just love some of the coordinating fabrics we picked out:
That ladybug fabric can’t be beat for cuteness! It will probably be the outer border of whatever we come up with. I adore the little pinwheel with green polkadots. I made it as a sample for another quilt pattern, so it’s an orphan, but I have to figure out some plan for it. Maybe it could go on the back, if it doesn’t fit in the front somewhere? And, may I add, gingham for kids rocks!
I guess that the news has been so grim these days that I just like to cheer myself up with ladybugs and flowers. For me, it’s form of escapism that rivals Hollywood! We’ll see if my quilting can mimic, just a bit, the excitement of “the new 3-D…”