Friday, April 8, 2016

motion and meaning

Still Point quilt top

Some designs choose you.  Sometimes you have only to give them birth: to do the maths, to cut and sew the fabrics, to write the pattern because you could not do otherwise, you could not abandon the dream of it or fail in your role to bring it to others.

 Still Point quilt top
Still Point quilt top

The design of this quilt seized me when I first spotted it here, wanting to be birthed in cotton and thread.  I'm very grateful for the inspiration to make it my own with a Still Point.  The smaller you make the photograph or the farther back you step from the quilt top, the more that quiet, still point stands out, with the color change radiating from its otherness.

Still Point quilt top

With the quilt top done, I am going to focus today on pattern-making.  By the time it's quilted and done, I'll be publishing this as a stand-alone pattern in my shop.  I'm certain this design will claim a few more souls, destined to craft a Still Point or some other iteration of these kaleidoscope-like blocks full of motion and meaning.

Still Point quilt top

 Soon, soon.

52 comments:

  1. It is so stunning! It would be beautiful in anyone's home or in a church or museum.

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  2. Rachel this is amazing - beautiful! I will be waiting eagerly for the pattern!!

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  3. This really speaks to me. Just lovely. Beautiful.

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  4. Wow. This is lovely. I am looking forward to hearing more about this one. So gorgeous.

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  5. Just beautiful, Rachel. You really knocked it out of the park with your use of fabric and color.

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  6. Breathtaking. Especially with the light pouring through from behind.

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  7. That last photo with the sun beaming on it is so so so beautiful.

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  8. Absolutely stunning! Amazing impact!

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  9. Beautiful, Rachel. And amazingly calm, for all its pieces. It centers you....

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  10. I love it! I had pre-ordered a 1/2 yard bundle of Bluebird and have been exploring what pattern I might use to create with it. I think you may have answered my quest. Thanks, Rachel. Can't wait!

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  11. Such a striking pattern. The lines and points seem so strict but then the color shift defies that. It's so interesting! Definitely a unique take on your original inspiration. And I love the way the seam allowances almost seem like bevels in the sunlight when looking at the back.

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  12. Gorgeous design! I love the pattern.

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  13. Gorgeous design! I love the pattern.

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  14. Beautiful quilt. The pattern is fascinating, can't wait to see how you accomplished this.

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  15. Hi Rachel. Wow, this quilt really speaks to me on all levels - pattern, colours, everything. Looking forward to the pattern being published!

    On another note, I was delighted to read your tentative comments about trying for another baby. I wish you every joy and a smooth sailing. I was touched by your comments about Eleni and how you retain and honour her memory. You will always be a mother of three, or four if you have another baby. Thinking positive and caring thoughts for you and yours!

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  16. Absolutely stunning. And amazing. And beautiful. Wow :-)

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous!! Mesmerizing! Your eye for color is so good!

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  18. Sorry for the second comment. I hope you are entering this in a contest! Seriously!! It almost looks three dimensional.

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  19. I love this Rachel and the way you have added even more depth and meaning to the fascinating patterns with selective use of colour!

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  20. Rachel - sometimes if you look at a quilt thru a door peep hole (hardware store) or thru 3D glasses it really is fun to see what it looks like. It is beautiful, looks very complicated to make....

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  21. Wow! That turned out amazing...it looks just like ajewel...even has sparkle in it. So beautiful!

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  22. This is beyond captivating; there's something cathartic about looking and the changes in focus. With the aqua anchor. I look forward to a pattern!

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  23. yep, I like this quilt very much. I love blue.
    I love that is looks almost kind of like a block print with the differnt textures.
    This one is just a stunner. I can't take my eyes off of it lol really
    Happy week-end sweetums

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  24. The way you set the colors is beautiful Rachel. A still point is a very good way to describe it. I love that your still point radiates light.

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  25. Beautiful!!! This is absolutely stunning!

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  26. Absolutely stunning. Amazing use of color. Wow.

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  27. It's beautiful Rachel. It would be lovely as a two color quilt but is amazing in the color transitions you used.

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  28. WOW! That Still Point for me is God. No matter how crazy the world gets I can still return to Him and find peace. Stunning quilt!

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  29. Very striking! My eyes just dance around and around this quilt, great movement!

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  30. What Suellen said :) This is stunning!! This quilts calls out to me! Can't wait for the pattern!

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  31. Wow, what a beautiful and stunning quilt!

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  32. This is the most aesthetically pleasing quilt I have ever seen. It is stunning Rachel. Thank you for sharing your work of art.

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  33. Wow. It's stunning. Love the color way.

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  34. This is beautiful!! Definitely not for the faint of heart. I am in awe of quilters that are truly artists. Anyone that can create such a wonderful quilt is an artist of high regard!

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  35. This quilt is really breathtaking! Looking forward to the pattern ~ I can picture it in many different colorways. (this could be dangerous!)

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  36. This is such a stunning quilt. Stunning! Well done.

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  37. I can't wait for this pattern. I already have a plan for color scheme and I'm itching to try it!!! :-)

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  38. Rachel, this is breathtaking. I'm in the heartbreaking position of making quilts out of old dress shirts for dear family friends to honor my husband's godfather, who passed away unexpectedly just a few short months ago. Up until now I was completely stuck on what design would be worthy for his wife, my mother-in-law's best friend. But the still point perfectly captures that sense of interconnectedness. The calm in what would otherwise be chaos. My mind is wild with possibility. Thank you for the inspiration.

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    1. I am honored to be of service in this way, Sarah.

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  39. I love it! I see an ever so subtle "X" radiating of from the still point. Yes, I can see how this insisted on coming into being.

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  40. This is amazing. I love all the different secondary (or are they meant to be seen first?) patterns.

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  41. Really beautiful work. That still point is perfect.

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  42. This quilt is a true feat and piece of art...I couldn't stop staring. Bravo!

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  43. I will definitely be buying this pattern!

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