I’m feeling the need for a handwork project since I finished Isfahan.
I had a look at the To Do List, and Steampunk jumped out. It’s EPP, complex, and has the potential to keep me quiet for absolutely ages. Not a bad thing, perhaps…
Here’s a link to the original concept, a design called Mother Earth by Evelyn Zuber, featured in Burda Patchwork from Autumn, 2013. Sorry, the site’s in German, but that shouldn’t stop you looking at the pictures. It’s the second one down on the page:
I’ve had it in my mind to do this quilt for a long time, since I saw a fellow blogger work on it, but I didn’t want to do it in the original colourway shown in the magazine, nor the beautiful colours she’s using. If I get permission, I’ll post either a photo or a link to her version so you can see what a magnificent job she’s done. She was very kind and helpful in providing templates, guidance and translations from the original German pattern.
The shapes and arrangement made me think of Victorian Gothic-style engineering, where wrought iron gears and cog wheels were highly decorated and painted, or perhaps the tiny brass cogs inside a watch. That in turn made me think of the style known as Steampunk, hence the name. I’m going for a completely different look: black, charcoal, copper, gold, silver, pewter, verdigris and rust. There’ll be metallics, batiks, geometrics and brocade prints. I haven’t a clue how all of this is going to come together, but there’s a whirling impression in my mind which wants to come out, so away we go. I’m not quite sure who’s driving this one, me or the quilt!
Here’s the fabric selection.
I have a number of card templates to produce, and then I can draw round those onto heavy cartridge paper to make my piecing papers. Luckily I’ll be able to recycle some of them as I go; I dislike wasting paper. Now all I have to do is decide which cog to start with!
Oh, after I’ve pressed all the fabrics of course… 😦