Thursday, December 1, 2011

Vortex In Variation

Queen Size 95" x 95"
vortex [ˈvɔːtɛks] 
n pl -texes-tices [-tɪˌsiːz]
1. (Physics / General Physics) a whirling mass or rotary motion in a liquid, gas, flame, etc., such as the spiralling movement of water around a whirlpool
2. any activity, situation, or way of life regarded as irresistibly engulfing  

I'm thinking quilting might be a VORTEX!!

This is not my quilt, my version will be in my next post.   My DD made this quilt.  It was accepted at International Quilt Festival in Houston.  We had a wonderful trip together so she could see her quilt hanging.
Made of indigo and snow solids; it is machine (paper pieced), hand quilted and hand applique.

So many color options with beautiful results!!

Most common question:  How long did it take to make?

It was fun to meet people at the show and see all of the fabulous entries and exhibits.

We also enjoyed standing back and listening to attendees comment on the quilt.

Some Quotes:
"Stare at it until you fall over"
"Jarring, but I can't stop looking at it"
"Look at the center!!!"

She made the quilt in the spring - with a BS in Architecture, drafting a pattern was no problem.  I was the happy art patron who left for work in the morning, entertained by the progress each evening.
We had some rich discussions on designing vs. drafting.  It is similar to the Red and white quilt exhibited in NYC.   Vortex in Variation is queen sized, has uniform borders with an organic corner/side design.  Obviously she has a fair amount of sewing experience and it wasn't her first quilt.  She was able to get very accurate results with paper piecing.

You may have noticed a new button on my blog side bar.
By popular demand she created a paper pieced pattern for her quilt.  It is for sale in our Etsy Store.
In my next post I'll show you my multi color version (call me 'pattern tester') with yet another corner design.
Pattern Cover Page
Is quilting a 'vortex' for you too??   ...irresistibly engulfing...

Have a great weekend!!


  1. WOW! That is one amazing quilt! And beautiful too. I can't wait to see your version. Machine paper pieced, huh? And how long did it take your DD to finish it? I'm floored!

  2. Wow! It is just gorgeous. Congratulations to your daughter for having her quilt hang in the Houston Show. Truly amazing!

  3. It's stunning!!
    It actually does make me want to fall over, both from the vortex and because of the skill evidenced. Huge congratulations to your daughter. I look forward to seeing your version Dawn.

  4. Mind boggling!! That is amazing! It took an incredible talent to make this. I look forward to seeing your colored version, too.

  5. How exciting that your daughter had a quilt accepted into the show. I know how proud you are of her. What an accomplishment making that quilt. A very graphic design that is softened by the applique. I am anxious to see what you have created from the same design.

  6. That is amazing and so exciting Dawn! Your talent didn't fall far from the tree:)

  7. WOW! I'm speechless! Gorgeous.

  8. How wonderful to have a daughter who is interested in quilting and demonstrates such awesome talent. I hope she enjoyed the results, both physical and emotional. Is she working on another project?

  9. I absolutely admire this and let the story you share here grab my heart. You have to be a real proud and happy Mom. How magical for you both to share the process and the joy of quilting!!!

  10. Your daughter's quilt is amazing, Dawn! Really love quilts with such great graphic appeal, and this is a perfect example. How wonderful you both got to share the joy in making this trip together!


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