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Libs Elliott

TECHNOLOGY + TRADITION. MAKING DIGITAL CODE INTO PHYSICAL QUILTS.

Processing Quilt #1: AKA 'Triangle Sex in Pink'

"ann kelle", "joshua davis", "kona", "processing", "robert kaufman", "triangles", "twice by lightning"Elizabeth Elliott
2013 = Get It Done! At least, that's my main goal this year.

After a delay due to some unexpected contract (see: paying) work, I finally managed to get back to the first Processing quilt collaboration with Joshua Davis. Here's how it went down:


First, I used a Processing tool built by my sweet friend, Joshua, to render random triangle compositions. He made it so easy to use that the hardest part was just deciding on colours. I could literally play with this for hours and I did! I managed to narrow my options down to these pink, grey and white ones:




I took a section of the top right composition and printed it to map out the pieces I'd need to build, keeping it in a grid. By doing this, I figured out that I would need solid squares, HSTs and then more complex blocks that would be built by using a paper piecing technique. This little piece of paper became my master key to triangle awesomeness:



Next, I pulled apart the exported composition into squares in Illustrator to make actual-size paper templates for 6.5" blocks. Using Photoshop to house the PDF templates, I printed out one template for the full square, one for the HST block, then one template for each complex block. There were a few complex blocks that were repeats throughout the composition - luckily, the Reynolds Freezer paper is re-usable so you only need to cut the pieces once and they can be used multiple times.

First I cut all the solid blocks, then all the HSTs, then began building all the 'special' blocks. This was the first time I ever tried paper piecing. Katy Jones pointed me to a great paper piecing tutorial that I'd recommend to anyone who hasn't done it before. I used Reynolds Freezer paper and it wound up being quite easy and made perfect blocks.



As per my usual process, I pieced the quilt in rows, numbering each to keep it organized. I used Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids which never fail to look amazing. I never actually track the hours spent on each quilt but, after a whirlwind of piecing, sewing and ironing, it now looks something like this:


I'm incredibly happy with how amazing it looks so far. Next, I'll pick backing fabric and get it quilted and bound. I will take some proper photos when it's complete.

And now... back to the Processing tool to design another quilt because I'm officially addicted. Have I mentioned how appreciative I am that Joshua would make time to do this with me? Thanks Josh - you're the best! I promise to spread the awesome.