RM: Julie, something is weird with the old page — it won’t let me edit or add images — so let’s continue here.

Julie W Final

JW: Groovy! No, I didn’t mean for that triangle spiral to change direction. Attached is the “final” sketch. It’s a digital photo (scanner is at the office). If it doesn’t come through well enough, I’ll scan it at the office tomorrow. The rainbow palette is sort of my signature, I’m glad you like it. Of course, it will likely look a good bit different in fabric, but I think this is what I’d like to do. I’m thinking of doing the center “flower” in polka dots. I have to play around a little on paper with that… I might can do a sort of 3-d effect. Give me the official okey-dokey and I’ll get sewing!

RM: Here’s your official “okey dokey.” Go ahead – and go with whatever colors you like. If rainbow is your “thing” then stick with it. The design is great. I can’t wait to actually see it in fabric!

JW: I have 3 sets of fabrics that could be used . The first set is overdyed black & white prints that would work pretty well for light-to-dark gradation.

Julie dyed

The second set is handpainted fabrics that might possibly work for gradation from one color to another, but I don’t know how well.

Julie Painted

The third set is Oriental prints in small, medium and large scale that could give a pretty nice colorwash effect of gradation from one color to another.

Julie Orientals

I’m leaning strongly toward the Orientals, but wanted to know if that’s the kind of color changing you had in mind with your suggestion. It will blur the feathers somewhat, but might be worth it

RM: Julie, in order to see spokes in your design, there needs to be contrast.  Looking at you color choices, teh second and third are all in the medium range, with no light or dark, so there may not be enough contrast to show any definition in your spokes, and you’ll end up with a big pastel blob. I’m leaning toward the first group for this reason.

Even if it means “wasting” some fabric, do a mock-up with real fabrics before you start sewing.

JW 8-20-07: Finally found some time to finish the quilt top. Should be able to quilt and bind it within the next week or two.

Julie Willis large 2

RM:  Julie, it looks great! Thank you for doing such a great job! I thought you had your heart set on rainbow, so the reds and blacks were quite a surprise…. The printed fabrics — rather than solids — give it a really shimmery effect. Neat!

JW 8-21-07: Thank you, RaNae. I used black & white prints that I over-dyed, just not in a rainbow sequence. It was interesting figuring out how to get the center triangles sewn to the octagon.

RM: Julie, just how did you attach the center triangles to the octagon?  I’m surprised you found it challenging — I thought that you would just put the center triangles together, then add the spiral ring around them. 

9 Responses to “Julie Willis 2”

  1. juliewillis Says:

    All righty, then! I got the “warmup” blocks together, bordered, quilted and bound. Cute wallhanging, just needs label and sleeve. I can send you a photo if you like. Wanted it out of the way so I can work on this one. I’ll draw the foundation and pick out fabrics tonight. Do you want to preview them, or do you trust me to select something interesting? 😉 -J-

  2. RaNae Says:

    Julie, you’ve already shown that you can read my mind! Full speed ahead, my dear, I trust that you’ll come up with something fabulous. And I’d love to see the warm-up piece too. I hope you’ll send it along with the other — it is a good fabric choice illustration.

  3. RaNae Says:

    Julie, something that just occurred to me as I’m working on my needs assessment and looking at your spiral: If you have the stash to do it, an interesting way to approach doing the rainbow might be to find prints that blend from one color to the next — a red-and-orange print, an orange-and-yellow print, etc. This may blur the edges of the spirals even more, and now that I think about THAT perhaps that’s NOT what you want to do, as you’ll probably want to really show off the virtuosic spirals that you’re worked out. Oh well – maybe it’s an idea to save for later….

  4. juliewillis Says:

    hi RaNae! I dyed some fabrics over the weekend. Actually, I overdyed black & white prints. Ended up with 6 usable colors and plan to make the big spiral 6-sided instead of 8. I’m hoping that the changes in densities of the black in the prints provides opportunity for dense-to-sparse 3-d effects. The black will blur the edges of the feathers a bit, but I think it will still be interesting in a complementary progression (red-green-orange-blue-yellow-purple). I’ll try a little mockup. I just finished a huge watercolor quilt, a commission. I learned a lot about the pattern merging you’re talking about, but have had enough of it for a while. 🙂 I will try to get a pic of the overdyes and mockup. Thanks, btw, for the info on pixels. I didn’t really know much about that before. I’ll send the right size this time! -J-

  5. juliewillis Says:

    Thank you for helping me make up my mind! I have already worked out a plan to use 20 fabrics in the design. I’ll use the overdyes in a high-contrast arrangement. That’s more within my comfort zone anyhow. The colorwash idea can stay on the back burner for a while. 🙂 One of these days I really AM going to do something impressive in pastels. -J-

  6. juliewillis Says:

    Info as requested:

    “Whirlygig” by Julie Willis; Mesic, NC
    26″ x 26″
    Nesting spiral triangles and octagon.
    Machine quilted on regular home sewing machine.
    Commercially printed fabrics and overdyed commercially printed fabrics.
    Foundation pieced on medium weight nonfusible interfacing.

  7. yogib2 Says:

    The name is perfect! Whirlygig…Well done Julie.

  8. juliewillis Says:

    RaNae, I missed your question about the center triangles. I made the 8 triangles separately, then joined them together (glad I thought to make hash marks at the joins before cutting the pellon apart). Then I put a few dabs of glue stick on the seam allowances and laid the sewn-together triangles onto the octagon. Once the first inside ring of the octagon was sewn on, no problem. The corner triangles were also pieced separately and attached to the octagon after it was completed. Very important to remember to leave seam allowances around the pieces! -Julie

  9. quiltfee Says:

    Can I second yogib2’s comment? The name is such a good companion to this quilt.


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