|Pieces of Eight|
Being one of the “eight-iest” images out there, my husband helped me select an eight-pointed Missouri Star. Greg really has the best eye for design in our family, so I generally defer to his advice on these matters. (Love you, Dear.)
My S.A.B.L.E produced several prints with “eight-y” design elements: four aqua and four blue. For negative space, four white and four light gray prints were chosen.
Running with the 45-degree angles angle, which produces the Star in Missouri Star, eight triangles were sewn into half-square triangles, bearing a 4-inch basic block. The resulting quilt is 32-inches on each side.
Each block's eight-pointed center was emphasized with a circle to make the seams read as radii. For more structure, I quilted in the ditch through the block centers. This produced eight chains of eight circles.
But wait - there's more! The “eight-y” mathematics of the quilt can be summarized in this list of eight different features:
512 total triangle pieces (the cube of 8)
64 total quilt blocks (the square of 8)
64 circles quilted
8 points in the Missouri Star
8 pieces in each four-inch quilt block
8 different aqua/blue fabrics
8 different white/gray fabrics
8-sided designs in some of the fabric prints.
With all of the eight-pointed block centers, especially in the high contrast sections, there was a bit of "quality control" required. (Thank you again, Dear.) Several blocks that didn't pass muster were re-sewn.
Without belaboring eight any further, here are the rest of the pics:
Thank you VERY much for reading this blog post. May you all enjoy a happy and healthy 2017!
(Note to Kim Lapacek: Could the next challenge theme please be "One"?)