Monday, April 25, 2016

a Still Point in the Turning World {quilt + pattern}

Today I am excited to present a finished quilt and pattern!

a Still Point in the Turning World

“At the Still Point of the Turning World,” a compelling turn of phrase by T. S. Elliot, was my inspiration for this quilt. Among the sharp contrast of dark against light you will find a solitary still point, a peaceful place or a lonely place depending upon your story.

But step back from the patchwork for a wider perspective and see how the design pops, twists and dances into so many different patterns. There are large six-point stars and squished stars. There's a pinwheel fan surrounded by shaded squares. There is movement upon movement and a radiating design, originating from that simple still point.

crafting a Still Point

This complex and impressive pattern is made possible by 2 y-seams per block.  If you have never sewn a y-seam before, this is the perfect opportunity to learn!  I have broken down the block construction into a detailed, photo-rich tutorial.  This pattern is ideal for an intermediate quilter who has sewn something with angles before, such as a triangle quilt or any of the projects from my Angled class.  That said, the pattern does not assume understanding of angled sewing principles, but rather demonstrates each step clearly.

a Still Point in the Turning World

The pattern includes a printable Block Map and blank Color Sheet to enable you to replicate the color zones to create a "still point" like mine or to experiment with your own color story.

a Still Point in the Turning World

I made up my quilt back from scrap play piecings and stash cuts.

a Still Point in the Turning World

a Still Point in the Turning World

My quilting emphasizes the still point star and each color zone with diagonal lines radiating and turning from that still point. 

This quilt has been a pleasure to bring to life, from discovering and fine tuning the block assembly to alighting on the idea to create color zones to trimming each block to an exacting 8.5" square.  The pattern strategically oversizes the original cut shapes so that the sewn block can be trimmed to precision.  That's right, you don't have to sew to precision!  I think you'll appreciate that part too!

Still Point quilt top

Still Point quilt pattern is a 26-page pdf pattern available for purchase now in my pattern shop.  Thank you for your encouragement along the way.  I hope you enjoy your own journey with motion and meaning!


20 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Love the addition of squished stars.

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  2. A stunning quilt! I love the pattern with patterns.

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  3. This is such a great quilt. I want the pattern. I will wait a while.... I just got a new iPhone :-P so I will wait a week or so hahahahahaa just kidding.
    I am so glad that you made a pattern. Oh! I know, I will wait until you get all of the kinks out, yeah.
    I also need to think about fabric.
    I am not afraid of Y seams either. I busted those out when I was a kid. I just think this is such a pleasing pattern. I am really proud of you that you worked this out. You are super cool, Rachel. I really love your persistence and courage! Keep pushing ahead.
    ♥️❀♥️☀♥️

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  4. Rachel, your placement of the blue fabrics are stunning. I love the quilt!

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  5. Wow! This is so stunning, I love it and I love the quilting too. It reminds me of a quilt my great-grandmother made, that was even blue and white, and still lives with my dad. It's not in the best condition anymore, but still means a lot to him, so I definitely foresee myself making this in the future someday! I just need to get my project list whittled down a bit first. :)

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  6. I wish I could find some other word than stunning, but that is the only word that describes this quilt! I applaud you on a job well done!!!

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  7. Absolutely beautiful, and the back is just as beautiful!

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  8. Beautiful front and one of my favorite backings ever!

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  9. That is absolutely stunning! I've loved watching it come to life.

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  10. It's beautiful Rachel, both in the meaning and in the way it looks!
    I love that you create your pattern so that blocks can be trimmed. That's the way I like to work.

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  11. It's beautiful. A masterpiece.

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  12. It's beautiful. A masterpiece.

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  13. This is really such a stunning quilt!!

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  14. Wow, this quilt is incredible! Bravo!

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