Friday, 29 August 2008

'Fans in Boxes' or Cheating at Patchwork

These are details of a quilt made as a door curtain ('portiƩre') for our sitting room. The slightly 3-D effect is created by using dark and light fabrics for the angled 'boxes'.

However, the blocks are not pieced - they were made by attaching the fan blades to blocks of plain silk using fusible webbing. Each blade was then outlined in satin stitch using a green silk thread. A great advantage of this method is that unusual and exotic fabrics can be used; the black arcs are velvet, the 'boxes' are satin, which has been embellished with lines of embroidery, and the fan blades include cottons, brocade, satin and upholstery fabrics.

Quite a few blocks can be created in this way, especially fans and Drunkard's Path blocks.