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Some quilty tiles in Berkeley

This is the tile floor of an Indian restaurant in Berkeley called Nameste. It’s also a quilt pattern called the exquisite.  I think it’s more interesting when it’s made in a wonky fashion with the triangles all different sizes. I’m … Continue reading

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Some nice star patterns

The photo above is from the wall of a couscous restaurant, on our penultimate day in Paris. It has my favorite 8 pointed star. Heres another. Same star, different pattern, from the same restaurant. This was part of the sidewalk. … Continue reading

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More tiles that could be quilts

Both of these are tile floors at the Paris Opera Garnier. I enjoyed seeing my favorite 8 pointed star there. There’s even a nine patch! And here’s the ceiling by Chagall, just because.

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Sheila Hicks retrospective

Today I went to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and saw a retrospective of Sheil Hicks’ work. She has taken tassel making to a whole new level. I’ve only used tassels once in my current work, on Traveler’s Mizrach. You … Continue reading

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Even more quilty ideas

Here’s a tile floor from the castle at Azay Le Rideau. Very quilty! How about this window from the same castle? Or this window, from the abbey we visited yesterday? Also quilty. It was because we saw this amazing roof … Continue reading

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More quilty ideas from non-quilts

This is a tile floor from the abbey where Eleanor of Aquitaine is buried. If it were a quilt we’d call it snow balls, or robbing Peter to pay Paul. Here’s an effigy of Eleanor of Aquitaine, reading a book! … Continue reading

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Cathedral Window mini quilt finished!

  This is the beginning of sewing in the penultimate triangle. This is the last triangle of this mini quilt. I’m almost done! Here it is, finished. I had to take a screenshot of it because my phone was misbehaving. … Continue reading

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Quilt ideas

This is a tile floor from the abbey on Mont Saint Michel, in France. It looks like a streak of lightning setting for triangles. The way the color is worn away, it looks like “scrappy fabric” choices. It would make … Continue reading

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Bayeux Tapestry/embroidery

Today I went to see the Bayeux Tapestry, which is really wool embroidery on linen. It is about 150 feet long, and shows how William the Conqueror became king of England in 1066. They believe it was made within 20 … Continue reading

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More hand sewing

I’m continuing to sew this cathedral window sample. At the Voices In Cloth quilt show I learned something interesting from Youngmin Lee, a quilter originally from Korea. In Korea they have their own tradition of making what looks exactly like … Continue reading

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