My local paper printed a really nice article about Improv Paper Piecing yesterday. You can read the article here. They chose the photo of my quilt, Luminous, for the article in the paper (all the photos I sent are in the online version but this was the image chosen for the printed paper). I always love seeing what picture is chosen and how neat it is that everyone picks a different one! This photo was taken at a local historic site, the John Greenleaf Whittier birthplace. Across the street from the white clapboard house, is a red barn. Beyond the barn is a cow pasture with this rusted gate and tall grass. I normally avoid walking through tall grasses but risked the deer ticks for this shot. You know, it’s always worth it for a pretty quilt picture.
The design of this quilt was inspired by the stars, a common source of inspiration for traditional quilters, as well. But my stars are asymmetrical and less identifiable as stars. They simply become interesting shapes. Through the random coloration of each star and the rotation of the block throughout the quilt, the stars look unique. But, as you look at the quilt, your eye settles in on some of the more prominent shapes, such as the really wide, short arm of the star above, and you notice that it is repeated throughout. Those interesting shapes direct your eye across the quilt.
I love the negative shapes created in-between the stars too. They give the quilt some real energy! I am excited to share my improv paper piecing design techniques at QuiltCon next week!
Edited to add: Yes, this pattern is available in my new book, Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design. It can be purchased in my Etsy shop or on Amazon. Also, be sure to ask for it at your local bookstore or quilt shop!