Saturday, November 24, 2012

Zig-Zag Quilt


They stared at me from the shelf. They were with many others. But they caught my eye. This is what happens every time I visit a fabric store. The fabrics keep staring at me like puss in boots and say, “Buy me. Buy me”. This time it was three of them, a solid red, a solid yellow and a printed orange fabric. They saw me, I saw them and it was love at first sight. I just knew I had to take them home with me. And so I did. That was a happy me. That was a happy them. I organised them in my sewing cupboard. (That’s probably the only place in my house that I keep organised.)

 
 A couple of weeks later as I was standing in front of the cupboard staring at it, my eyes fell on these three musketeers hiding behind stacks of fabric. I got them out. I smiled. They were inseparable. They complimented each other. I had to put them up together; together, to make them one.


 So out I got my cutting mat, my scissors, my rotary cutter (I abandon those who call my rotary cutter, pizza cutter) and a sheet of my white fabric. And then snip snip snip I started cutting them. First squares, and then into triangles. I did the same with the white fabric. Loads of triangle they were. They were in hundreds; all over the place; looking awesome. They were the colours of fire, of the sun, of life. It was magic. I was about to create magic.


 And then I started sewing. I sewed a red with a white; a yellow with a white; the print with a white; one white for each colour; one colour for each white. And slowly all the triangles were again joined into being squares. Squares, that were half white and half colour. Yes I was making a patchwork quilt – a zig-zag patchwork quilt. That was the only way of bringing the three fabrics together; of creating madness.

 
I had two designs in mind. One that I termed highway, and the other I termed my way. One was sorted; the other confused. One had a pattern; the other was methodical madness. Both-both were beautiful. They confused me. So I did what I would do if I was confused. I went for a poll on Facebook (Oh, I love social networking) and this is what the post looked like.

 

There was a fierce competition between the two. Loads of likes and loads of votes. And ultimately madness won. But it doesn’t matter. Ultimately the 3 fabrics get to be together. And with the chosen pattern, they get to be really close to each other.

 So that’s what I am going for finally. Pattern A – Taram param parammm.

 I shall post the picture of the completed ‘Sunshine Zig-Zag’ quilt once it’s done. Watch out for this space.

 

 

12 comments:

  1. A remarkably enlightening post, that. There are so many aspects of life that I'm blissfully unaware of. Sigh.

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  2. Extremely colourful and well constructed! The pictures were very well knitted with the post.

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  3. A story of knitting...good one...!!!

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  4. Vow..the biography of a patchwork quilt:):):).Completely original.Pictures are awesome.

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  5. Great job! I love the colors you are using. Thanks for reading hun!

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  6. Great colors. Sure it will look great!
    Thanks for linking up to the blog list on Quilting in India.
    Carol

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    1. Thanks Carol, you have a wonderful blog.

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