Paper Pieces

Sun May 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm in Quilting, Sewing, WIP

So I thought I’d expand my horizons in quilting piecing (they are definitely not the same thing, though people tend to mix them up). I’ve been reading the Intergalactic Transport blog of Jimmy McBride, who makes pieced quilts that depict various pieces of the cosmos like wormholes and things. His quilts involve a lot of small pieces with irregular corners and edges.  I thought, “that would be neat. I wonder if I could do that?”

But first, to know what I’m talking about, you have to visit this post to see what I mean:  all cut out.

OK, are you caught up?  If you didn’t visit, I can wait. Because otherwise the rest of what I have to say won’t make any sense.

So my project is not intergalactic, it’s more terrestrial, and I don’t have all day to do this as he seems to (he’s A Real Artist with Shows and Stuff), but I’m doing trying to do a smaller scale pieced quilt in the tradition of his quilts right now. I’m not going to try to tell you it’s going perfectly, or that it’s quick, because I would be lying.


If you know how big pin heads are, you know how big these pieces are that I’m turning into fabric and sewing together. They’re all irregular shapes. Curves both concave and convex. If you’ve ever sewn before, you know that convex/concave edges don’t play very well together so they can get sewn up properly.

So I’m pretty much swimming in a sea of tiny pieces. Mr McBride makes it look almost easy, but I assure you, having tried it, that I’m thoroughly impressed with him and how tidy and neat his pieces are. I know he’s done a fair number of these, and my hat is completely off to the man. I’d like to sit and watch him in his studio one day, just to admire what he does and maybe learn a few things.

Anyway, I’ll give y’all more info later, but all I have is a sneak peak tonight. The thing is assuredly not ready for public presentation now.

Meanwhile, I saw this outside the Berkeley Public Library last night:

Yarnbombed Bike Rack

I read about it last Thursday on her blog, but I was quite pleased to see Streetcolor’s huge colorful work in person. I love the squiggly bike rack ones! I’m pleased Berkeley is the sort of place where people leave this type of thing alone and don’t immediately rip it up, deface it or remove it. I think it adds a lot to public spaces. I may have to yarn bomb something down here in Temescal, if only my house …

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My hat is off to you. Keep plugging away and I’m sure it will look great when it’s finished.

Jennifer — Mon May 9, 2011 at 5:04 am (link)

There’s a bike rack in downtown Kent, OH that’s been yarn-bombed for as long as I can remember… there’s also a yarn-bombed bike and lamp-post – it’s fantastic to see!

Liz — Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 11:41 am (link)

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