Category Archives: Tessellation Quilts

Tessellation Transformations

All my patchwork uses the same patch:

FKOQR 3x3
FKOQR 3×3

What would happen if I changed the grid the lines were drawn on?

same lines, different grids
same lines, different grids

The relationship of the lines to each other remains the same, but the angles change.

Each of these patches would work well on their own, but what would happen if I stacked rows of them together?

1-1-1-1 Transforming
1-1-1-1 Transforming

You get a tessellation that changes shape before your eyes!

"Tessellations" at Urban Eats Cafe

Urban Arts Collective, October, 2015

Last Sunday, I opened my quilt show “Tessellations” at the Urban Eats Café as part of the Urban Arts Collective.

Here’s my display:

"Tessellations" at Urban Eats Cafe
“Tessellations” at Urban Eats Café
Prayer Shawls All
Prayer Shawls All
Copyright 2015 Raymond K. Houston
70 inches by 47 inches
Everything Against Orange
Everything Against Orange
Copyright 2015 Raymond K. Houston
47 inches by 70 inches
Flapping Birds
Flapping Birds
Copyright 2015 Raymond K. Houston
24 inches by 24 inches

The theme for October is “Tessellations.” The three pieces shown use the same basic unit, rearranged and recolored to make completely different patterns.

I have added November and December dates to my Tour page.

“Everything Against Orange”

Late last year, I challenged myself to make quilts only from the fabric I have on hand before buying any new fabric.

I had acquired a stash from various fabric swaps and grab bags (or boxes) . . . Not all of the fabric would have been my choice, but I was stuck with it.

My first piece was called “Prayer Shawls, All.”

"Prayer Shawls, All"
“Prayer Shawls, All”

Next, I revisited an earlier design, and made “Birds of a Feather.”

Birds of a Feather quilt top
Birds of a Feather quilt top

I kept to the bird theme, and made this untitled piece of blue birds and orange birds.

Untitled
Untitled

I wasn’t entirely happy with this piece because I had to buy additional blue fabric to complement the orange (did I mention I have a LOT of orange fabric??).

But something clicked as I neared completion. My stitching improved. Mind you, I’ve been sewing this particular patch for YEARS, but somehow something changed. All the pieces fell into place; I stopped pinning pieces together before sewing; and, the patches turned out nearly perfect (except for trimming dog ears around the patch).

But, why get better at the END of a project??

To get ready for the NEXT project!!

I gathered all the leftover pieces from these three quilts, and sorted out the cool-colored fabrics: blue, blue-green, and green. There wasn’t much. And, I cut as much orange fabrics as I could (and I STILL have a lot of orange).

This is the design I’m gonna use:  Do-Si-Do.

Do-Si-Do
Do-Si-Do

This design calls for a single patch colored two different ways. Here’s one:

Do-Si-Do colorway one
Do-Si-Do colorway one

I stitched these patches in a random way.  I picked the first two pieces from the top of the stack and stitched them together, and so on. I ended up with these patches.

Colorway one patches
Colorway one patches

Now, some of these patches are single, and some have multiple copies.

First, I set them out, grouping like fabric together to form the trunks of the pinwheels.

 

Pinwheel trunks
Pinwheel trunks

Here’s the other stack of patches to sew.

Do-Si-Do colorway two
Do-Si-Do colorway two

I stitched these patches just like the first set: randomly. I set up a flannel design wall and put the original patches on it. Then I started matching the colored diagonal bars in the new patches with trunks.

Working on a design wall
Working on a design wall

When I ran out of matching “arms,” I improvised and substituted colors. After that, I put patches where they’d best fit in.

"Everything Against Orange" patches ready for stitching
“Everything Against Orange” patches ready for stitching

What do you think of it??

Call me the M.C. Escher of quilts . . .

I love making tessellation quilts. It doesn’t hurt that the unit I use to create all my patchwork quilts makes it so easy.

Here’s a peek at my latest quilt from the tessellation nation . . .

. . . from the "Birds in Flight" series
. . . from the “Birds in Flight” series

I don’t have a name for this piece yet, but it brings to mind a piece by the Dutch graphic artist, M.C. Escher.

I tried to keep the fabric consistent for each bird, but I simply didn’t have that much fabric. In the future, I’m not gonna worry about it. I’ll have a stack of cut pieces that I consider a single color, and mix-and-match the fabrics interchangeably.

Tessellation Quilt 1-1-2-1

FKOQR 1-1-2-1
FKOQR 1-1-2-1

This is pattern FKOQR 1-1-2-1. It is a 4-shape tessellation, though I have combined all of the shapes into one. I shaded the design in four colors.

This design is basically the same as FKOQR 1-1-1-2, only shifted to the left. Color and arrange four patches to make four 4-patch blocks as shown below.

FKOQR 1-1-2-1 block A
FKOQR 1-1-2-1 block A
FKOQR 1-1-2-1 block B
FKOQR 1-1-2-1 block B
FKOQR 1-1-2-1 block C
FKOQR 1-1-2-1 block C
FKOQR 1-1-2-1 block D
FKOQR 1-1-2-1 block D

Arrange the four 4-patch blocks as shown below.

FKOQR 1-1-2-1 layout chart
FKOQR 1-1-2-1 layout chart

Try the jigsaw puzzle below. Remember, “a puzzle a day keeps dementia at bay.” Drag and drop the puzzle pieces into position (they flash and stick when they fit together). Clicking on “Continue” once you solve the puzzle takes you to MyPuzzle.org for more puzzles.

Jigsaw Puzzle by mypuzzle.org