Greetje Hein – Squares
On the pavement
Thinking about squares two different meanings came up: the geometric squares, and also squares in a city. What if I could make a combination of these two meanings? The most well-known quilt block with squares is a nine-patch. So I decided to make a quilt in a nine-patch. Each of the nine patches would suggest a different pavement of a real square.
The main colour of the quilt is grey and I used different techniques to achieve the colours. Some of the fabrics are commercial with a more or less pavement print. Other fabrics with a structure I dyed grey. I also spray-painted a grey fabric with silver paint and a template.
The nine-patches are quilted by using the structure or the print of each fabric. After quilting the silver spray-paint had almost disappeared, so I used Incagold and an intense pencil to add some colour again. I’m always impressed how flowers or grass can peep up between pavement. That is why I embroidered a few very tiny flowers on one of the squares.
Keywords: geometric squares, pavement, structure, nine-patch, spray painted, Incagold, intense pencil.
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