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Lights Out Quilt

When done with light to dark or dark to light colors the twisted log cabin quilts can give a wonderful feel of tunneling. This is just what I wanted for my poem about reading with a flashlight under the covers. Again I found inspiration in quilts by Käthy Gubler, Sunrise and Sunset, from Barbara Kaempfer's, LOG CABIN WITH A TWIST.

I made sketches using the square as Käthy had done, but quickly decided instead on the hexagon.

My editor, concerned about children's ability to connect with the abstract images of the quilts, suggested that this might be an appropriate place to try to have a child in a quilt. I tried briefly, but couldn't figure out how to work the image of a child and the glow of light I wanted into the same piece. My good friend Martha pointed out that not showing a child in the quilt, allowed her to feel that she was the child, which seemed to me to be just what I wanted.

All images and text © Anna Grossnickle Hines 2005

Design-wise this quilt is very straight forward. I worked out the lines, then used the PhotoShop "fill" tool to put in the colors.

The text would be on the facing page and I wondered what I should do with that area. To put color there distracted from the glow around the book and flashlight, but I didn't want it to be completely plain.

I decided to do as I had done with the black triangles in the Solstice quilt, piece it the same as the color side, but with all black.

I selected my fabrics.

I printed the center of my design on a piece of 8½ by 11 inch Fundation™ and began sewing, using the foundation or paper-piecing method to add a darker shade of yellow, orange or red for each round.

This is the back, or printed side, where I do the stitching after placing the fabrics on the front side.

It was fun to see it the quilt grow.

When I reached the edge of my printed foundation I attached it to piece of muslin the size of the whole quilt, marked my hexagonal lines on the back of it and kept sewing.

Finished piecing, I added the book and flashlight using appliqué and embroidery. Then I machine quilted and added the border. I didn't keep track of my time on this one, but it was obviously far less than most.

Now it's June of 2003 and guess what? I've finished Solstice! That's eight quilts done and seven to go. Next is Hanukkah.

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