Now that I am seeing actual pictures, it’s becoming clearer. I love the triangles, especially those that have uneven sides. I love the way they “curl”. I’m also playing around with other shapes, perhaps combining two or more. I have taken a pentagon and gone clockwise and then returned to the center and worked counter-clockwise. I like some of the differences I’m getting. I have been working with the shapes in the book “Log Cabin with a Twist”. I really like some of the finished designs, but have not made any yet. Maybe this could me just the opportunity that I have been waiting for.

As for my personal design, that’s still a “work in progress”. My first draft was of a large snail with some flowers, fern grasses, a butterfly or 2, the sun, etc. I’m going to play some more with the “basics” and then come back to it.

I’m just so use to taking a pattern and making it up. I really need to “push” myself and become more self-expressive. Also, I’m more of a “visual” person and like “hands on” projects. I’m starting to make progress, so lets see where this leads me.

Sandy likes 90-degree triangles, batiks, bright colors.  She’s learning how to shade from one color to another.  Would like templates, and we’ll work out a design after I do the “needs” review that will stretch her a bit — but not too much!

SW 6/27/07: 

 Sandra Amish Square

Well, I’ve been drafting like crazy. Per you suggestion, I downloaded my EQ5 and started going through the lessons. Well, talk about addictive!!! I’m having a hard time getting my drafting down because I’m having too much fun playing. Oh well! 

I am sending a rough draft of the design I have come up with. Per your suggestion, I used the Amish Square in a Square as my “block”. I put 4 – 8″ squares together to form my center square. I then turned it on point and added triangles to make another square. Then I turned that square on point and added larger triangles with small squares in the points. Then I turned that square on point and added still larger triangles. Notice that the small squares in the points of the second set of triangles overlap into the border (I’ll have to think on how to do that…when I get to that “stage”.) I then finished it “off” with an 8″ border with 8″ squares in the corners.

The centers of the center squares are reversed. The first and third set of triangles are mirror image 90* triangles. [Note from RM: See my comment below about this]  The second set of triangles are solid (probably will be a really dark color). I’m thinking of doing spiral quilting in them. The small “point” squares are made of just 5 pieces..really simple 2″ squares (sort of an accent to separate the dark triangles from the dark border.) As I noted, the border will also be the same dark fabric. I haven’t given any thought to the quilting of the border. It will “come” when I need it to. As for the large squares in the border corners, they will be spiraled like the center squares…first clockwise and then the center is reversed.
I really like this draft and so does my husband. Now I’m going to play with my crayons and come up with a color scheme that I like. I do know that through out the quilt, I will be using some of the dark fabric to help give dimension to the design. I’m also playing around with the idea of adding some appliqué. My first thought was to appliqué a Kite somewhere and then have the tail weave in and out of the design. My second thought was to put kites with tails along each border.
This project is taking me WAY OUT OF MY BOX !!!! I’ve been calling my design “Flying out of the box”.
So, what do you think? Is this complicated enough? I’m aiming for a 48″ x 48″ wallhanging when I get finished.

RM:  Sandy, I think you are on your way.  A couple of comments:

The triangles that you describe as “mirrored pairs” actually are not.  Each triangle in the pair is rotating in the same direction, and the resulting connection between them is a “trunk”.  If they are mirrored, they will create a point or a fan or a heart.  Look at the PDF download Spiral to Quilt – More Than One Shape — there are many examples of mirrored pairs in the drawings on page 2.  Also look at the page Combining Spirals.  If you read this page while looking at the the PDF for examples, you’ll see what I mean.  On the Inspiral Quilts page, look at Oriental Fantasy, Magnum Opus & Court Jester for examples.

This doesn’t mean that you HAVE to do mirrored pairs in these corners, only that you are clear about what you are doing — they are pairs rotating in the same direction.

In order to get the paired effect in EQ (mirrored or same-direction), draw a square block that has a pair of triangles in half of it, then drop that block into the triangle you want to fill and rotate it until the triangles sit in the position you want.

This design is very true to the spirit of the Amish block, and one of the ways it accomplishes that is by keeping separate the spirals in each successive square or diamond.  Before you settle completely on this one, I wonder if I could encourage you to try a couple of designs in which all the triangles are filled with spirals? You may find your design turning out something like page 2 of Spiral to Quilt – More Than One Shape as the spirals flow into one another.  You may still decide you like this better, but I think it’s worth pushing yourself just a little bit further to see what might happen and if you might like it. 

SW 8-9-07:  Okay, here it is in jpeg. The colors are not quite exact, but close. I wanted you to see how it looks. Also, I’ve decided to name it “Ribbons of Life”. Sandy

Sandy WEber

RM:  It looks good, Sandy.  Spiral on!

SW 8-21-07:  My quilt top is sewn in 4 sections. I have the first 2 sections all sewn. I start #3 on Thurs and hope to start #4 next Tues. That means that my top should be completed (or just about) before I go away for Labor Day Weekend. I plan on doing basic in the ditch for most of the seams, and then quilting “spirals” in the brown areas. Before I quilt it, I’m going to ask my quilter what he would do if he custom quilted it. If I decide to have it custom quilted, I’ll contact you right away.  It is coming together nicely, and I just love how it looks.

RM: Sandy, I’m glad to hear that you’re making good progress and that you’re happy with how it looks.  I can’t wait to see it!  🙂

SW 9-21-07:  TA-DA!!!!!! MY QUILT TOP IS FINISHED AND ALL QUILTED!!!! YEAH!!!!  Now all I have to do is finish binding it and it’s on it’s way to the publisher.

Sandy Weber whole top

Sandy Weber 2

Here’s the info regarding my quilt: I call it Ribbons of Life. I designed and machine pieced it, and then I had my quilter, John Liddicoat, custom quilt it for me. It measures 70″x70″.  My goal was to keep it simple and traditional. So, I used the Amish Square in a Square quilt block and also 90-degree triangles. I drew Nesting Spirals since I liked them the best. For the rectangular boxes in the borders, that is just my square spiral “stretched” by my EQ5 program. I used the squares in the very center and then in the outer border corners, the only variance is that I reversed spiraled “down through” their centers. All the rest are triangles.  I kept to three colors…Burgundy, Green, and Gold. I used a deep, almost black Brown for the centers and borders (the Amish originally used Dark Brown instead of Black).

I love how it came out and can’t wait to display it on the wall in my home (we live in a log cabin with log walls in the great room…this quilt should really stand out in that room.)

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14 Responses to “Sandy Weber”

  1. scowlkat Says:

    Sandy, your first draft idea sounds wonderful. Are you going to continue and maybe post it sometime? Can’t wait to see it! Isn’t it amazing how we all come up with such different ways to use the spiral technique!

  2. sandyd Says:

    Scowlkat(?), Thanks for you nice comments. I am going to continue with the first draft idea. I haven’t told RaNae yet, but I might add some applique to the finished project (just a thought). I have to see how it turns out before I declare it “finished”. I will post the finished draft when I get that far (I’m a little slow, but that’s because I want it “just right”!)
    The more I get into this designing part, the more ideas I come up with.
    By the by, I like your login name, but what is your real name?

    RM: Scowlkat is Debra Nance.

  3. RaNae Says:

    Sandy, I’m sending you my EQ file of triangle templates. The mirrored pair one is the very last one in the sketchbook. Half of it is finished, half of it is not. I was going to finish it for you, but then realized I’d have to save it in EQ6 and it would not be able to be opened in EQ5. Perhaps you’ll be able to finish the other half of it so that you’ll have both a “point” paired set and a “fan” paired set of triangles.
    There is a “Layout Library” in EQ that will give you a diamond-in-the-square quilt layout into which you can drop this block and experiment. I’ve attached a sample of spiral diamond-in-square that I did using this method, and it took all of 5 minutes, including exporting it.
    This should make it fast and easy to experiment.

    And thanks, this reminds me that I need to include in the EQ pages instructions on how to get from Spiral to Quilt in EQ!~

  4. sandyd Says:

    RaNae,
    Sorry for calling the triangles mirror images. To me, that is how I see them. However, I follow what you are saying and really do know the difference.
    As for the large triangles, they are also spirals (sorry I forgot to mention that in my description). I plan on using the same 90* triangle spirals, but using only the dark color. That way it separates them from all the other triangles and adds dimension. I plan on quilting these dark triangles with matching thread. I know it won’t stand out, but I want to keep the Amish theme going.
    I will follow your suggestion and check out the other designs. However, this is so far out of my “range” that I’m not sure if I want to push it any further. As I was doing this design, I started out struggling to get something that I liked. And then this design just “popped” out of my pencil and onto the paper. The more I look at it, the more I like it.
    Also, I have figured out how to create my design blocks on EQ5. I’ve got one block drawn (and right!) and will be working on getting the other blocks done in the next two days. Then I will be taking the next 2 wks off because our 3yr old grandson is staying with us. As soon as I get my blocks on EQ, I will put together a “quilt” of my design and start working up color combinations.
    Thanks for the helpful comments and suggestions. At this point my question is…would this design be useable for your project or are you looking for “more”? I tend not to make busy, contemporary quilts because I’m more of a traditional quilter. So, I’m really trying to “feel” my way through this challenge.

  5. RaNae Says:

    Sandy, I see what you are saying about keeping it more Amish-like, and I appreciate how far you’ve gone outside your box — you’ve ventured outside your comfort zone in many ways in the past few weeks — blogging, EQ5, spiralling — thank you!!

    I think there is a place in this project for a design that looks more “traditional” even though it incorporates this non-traditional element, so go ahead with your design. I look forward to seeing your color choices and your quilting in the large triangles.

  6. RaNae Says:

    P.S. I think the kites sound like a great idea!

  7. RaNae Says:

    Sandy, I seem to remember that you told me you had a name for this, but I can’t find it here on your page. If you do, would you post it here so I don’t lose track of it?

    Thanks! R

  8. sandyd Says:

    Hi RaNae,
    I just tried to send you a reply, but we have a storm going through, and I had to disconnect and then reconnect after it passed. Let me know if you got it or not. It contained the title of my quilt, “Ribbons of Life”, and then an explaination of what each color represented to me. If you didn’t get it, I will recompose it and send it to you. I want you to know what it means to me, and why I changed the borders, etc.
    Sandy

  9. sandyd Says:

    Hi RaNae,
    Here’s why I call my quilt “Ribbons of Life”.
    The burgandy “ribbons” represent the “tough” times..when things go wrong, when anger gets the best of me, when something upsets me…the “things” that control me.
    The green “ribbons” represent the “sad” times…the “unpredictables” that happen in life…loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, life-changing/altering situations…”things” beyond my control.
    The gold “ribbons” represent the “constants”in my life…my family, my friends, and my faith in God. When everything else is “out-of-whack”, they remain the same…steady, unchanging, always supportive…my “lifelines.”
    The borders are done in just two colors…burgandy and green…to represent how void my life would be without the “constants” in it. They remind me to appreciate the “constants” in my life and to make them my top “priorities”.
    So, you could say my quilt is a representative of my life…all that has gone into “it” to mold me into who I am today. Like my quilt, I too am a “work in progress”!
    Sandy

  10. sandyd Says:

    Hi RaNae,

    Minor glitch…My Red and Green sides only equal 32″ (as I had planned on). However, somewhere along the line, my center section ended up 45″! I found this out last night at 11PM and just about had a “kitten”. I quickly got on the computer and into my EQ5 and started playing. As I looked at it, I decided to copy the picture in black and white. When I did so, it came to me that it was quite buzy between the sides and the center. So-o-o-o, I decided to separate them with a 1-2in border using the brown. As for the sides, I’m adding 7.5in “spacers” on both ends, also in the brown. Then I’m going to put another 2-3in border around the whole quilt. When I looked at the “finished” picture, I saw that adding the borders and spacers gave my quilt more depth and the “flow” was still there.

    Consequently, my 48in wallhanging has now become a 72in square quilt. Just goes to show, we all make mistakes, and some of them are “pretty big”!!!

    I’m thinking about having it custom quilted by a friend. I have a blank copy of the NDA, and if I go ahead with it, I’ll have him sign it.

    Sandy

  11. RaNae Says:

    Sandy, the post about the Ribbons of Life is very thoughtful and poetic — I enjoyed reading it.

    So sorry to hear about the size mix-up — you must be scratching your head wondering how THAT happened! Anyway, it’s a bed-size quilt now, and you can sleep in your art. Not such a bad thing!

  12. sandyd Says:

    TA-DA!!!!!! MY QUILT TOP IS FINISHED AND ALL QUILTED!!!! YEAH!!!!
    Now all I have to do is finish binding it and it’s on it’s way to the publisher.
    I can’t figure out how to post a couple pictures of it here, so I’ve sent them on to RaNae.

    Here’s the info regarding my quilt: I call it “Ribbons of Life”. I designed and machine pieced it, and then I had my quilter, John Liddicoat, custom quilt it for me. It measures 70″x70″. My goal was to keep it simple and traditional. So, I used the Amish Square in a Square quilt block and also 90degree triangles. I drew Nesting Spirals since I liked them the best. For the rectangular boxes in the borders, that is just my square spiral “stretched” by my EQ5 program. I used the squares in the very center and then in the outer border corners, the only variance is that I reversed spiraled “down through” their centers. All the rest are triangles.
    I kept to three color schemes…Burgandy, Green, and Gold. I used a deep, almost black Brown for the centers and borders (the Amish originally used Dk Brown instead of Black). I love how it came out and can’t wait to display it on the wall in my home (we live in a log cabin with log walls in the great room…this quilt should really stand out in that room.)

  13. quilterk Says:

    Very nice, Sandy. Very, very nice.
    Kathy E

  14. quiltfee Says:

    I didn’t know that about the amish and dark brown, thanks for the info. Beautiful quilt!

    fee

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