Friday, September 16, 2011

Stitch, Fall 2011: Paper Shredder Quilt

Paper Shredder Quilt, with beasts

Stitch, Fall 2011The Fall issue of Stitch has been out for a while, but somehow I never got a chance to show any of my projects in it round these parts. No sooner had I spread my Paper Shredder Quilt out on the sofa than it was occupied by not one, but two of the local quadrupeds, eager to coat a new quilt with their abundant fur. I swear, they weren’t posed. Is it just me, or do they seem to be telling the photographer to back the eff off? Bloody ingrates.

Paper Shredder Quilt

I wanted the quilt to look like strips of paper falling from a paper shredder and gathering in a pile, and of course I love text-print fabric. I had a lot of fun making the quilt, and I think it’s one of my favorites of the projects I’ve designed for Stitch. It’s also about as close to improvisational piecing as I get—the blocks are cut apart pretty casually to insert the strips of typographic prints, but there’s still a bit of planning necessary to keep the strips lined up. There’s a method to the cultivated madness.

Quilting it was fun too, using straight lines at random angles to enhance the cut-paper effect. Some details of the quilting process are discussed on the Stitch blog, and of course the full pattern is available in the Fall issue of the magazine.

Paper Shredder Quilt, with sleeping beasts

Maybe the animals weren’t mad at me so much as concerned that I’d removed their stairs to get a cleaner shot—poor Princess Fluffinstuff is stranded on the sofa without her doggy steps. Here the steps have been returned to the relief of all creatures.


Esch House Quilts said...

This quilt it totally fantastic! The idea of a paper shredder and text fabric is brilliant. Thanks!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

This is the most original quilt I've seen in a long time and I love it and the furries.

Pat said...

I love your quilt. The name for the quilt is perfect. I sure wish it was sitting on my sofa.

pasqueflower said...

Great quilt! Love the crossword puzzle fabric. And cute furry friends, too.

Brandie said...

I loved the quilt when I saw it in the magazine! So bold! I could never do one like this, but I can dream! I would so want to add bad words and tell someone off with out saying it. Must be my passive aggressive personality. Gotta love those fur balls using the quilt. I think they think we make quilts for them!