Have you ever been to one of those collaborative exhibitions such as Five Squared or tripARTite where the artists make quilts to certain size specifications so they neatly fit in with each other? I don’t know how they do it!
For the past little while I have been working on an entry for the
Down Under Quilts calendar competition. The design concept came to me quickly and I was happily making up random-sized units to make up a larger quilt. The rules specify that the quilt must be 100 cm square. I factored in generous seam allowances and lots of wriggle room but, of course, the quilt stubbornly clocked in at 97cm by 105cm by 102cm by 99 cm (before quilting and binding). Even if I add more on the short sides, there is no way it will square up without leaving out some part of the design.
At this point, I think I have to acknowledge that I do have a spatial intelligence deficit as I consistently encounter this problem in any quilting challenge with a size parameter. Some quilts I listen to and leave them alone including the following quilts which were all “meant” to be square:
I’m starting to wish I had listened to this quilt about 17cm ago, she writes ruefully.