Monday, April 5, 2021

A Second Self - Quilt of the Week

A Second Self, 20" x 20", handmade by Pam Geisel

Last week's Quilt of the Week was the first of the Focus Through the Prism quilts and it set the style for all the quilts that we still to come. Like the Monkey's Wrench quilt block, the block for this quilt, the Friendship Star, has a square in the middle that I could have made black (like last week's) but I felt the square in the center should be the same color as the adjacent triangles to form the star. But I was able to arrange the stars into a four-patch and make one of the corner blocks of each square black so when they were assembled the black center square would appear.

I chose the yellow fabric for this one because stars are often yellow in artwork.

So all of the seven quilts in the Focus Through the Prism series:

- Use all of the seven colors but have one main color (with smaller pieces of fabric almost the same color to give it some visual texture)

- Have a black border with brown stars

- Have bits of the focus color on the black square in the middle, on the border, and on top of the other colors

- Have a piece of black yarn couched on top

- Have curved quilting lines 1/4" apart that echo the shape of the yarn

In this piece the focus color is YELLOW and the yarn represents A CELTIC FRIENDSHIP SYMBOL (simplified).

My series was featured in Art Quilting Studio Magazine's Autumn 2018 issue on working in a series and they were also included with several quilts that other people made for the Focus Through the Prism challenge including the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in 2016. Above is A Second Self with some of the other yellow quilts.

Because this is the Quilt of the Week, it is 10% off the original price of $300 and as a special deal, all of the Focus Through the Prism quilts are 10% off through 5/16/21 if you purchase directly from me. Details can be found here.

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