Mosaic Circles

Amy over at Amy’s Creative Side is working her wonders again. She is now hosting the 4th Blogger’s Quilt Festival, and as of today you can go to her site and enjoy links to all the wonderful works presented at the different blogs.

This time I thought I would show you my latest creation, along with some of the history that led up to this quilt.

I have been writing up a few posts from Murmansk, Russia, lately. When we visited there the first time in 2007, I was intrigued by a mosaic covered sculpture standing outside one of the cafes we visited.

I loved the look of it, and took quite a few photos. Sadly, I do not know the name of the artist.

After we got home my youngest sister wanted a memory quilt from our tour for her birthday. I then grabbed a detail photo of this sculpture and filled lots of the “tiles” with photos from our trip, before I printed everything on fabric and quilted it.

There are more photos of this quilt on my website.

While I was working on this quilt, I decided that one day I would like to make my own “tiled” quilt, – with “real” fabrics.

My chance came this summer after I had finished the last of my commissions, and I set about playing with ideas and designs. I deliberately avoided to look up my old photos, as I did not want to make a “copy” of the mosaic.

What I had in mind, was to explore interlocking, or overlapping circles, and, – with another piece of art in mind, that I saw last year, – how to achieve a sort of transparency at the same time.

I wrote about the installation above last year, in this post.

My own experimental piece ended up looking like this:

It is quite small, only 19 x 19 inches including the borders.

My starting point was to have one circle of each primary colour overlap each other, but then I threw in a pink circle in one of the corners, and liked the effect.

Most of the surface consists of two or more circles overlapping, so I had to find lots of in-between colours.

Since I love rummaging through my stash looking for just the “right”  shade of fabric, I really got to enjoy myself while working on this one.

I got side tracked a few times, so worked on the quilt on and off until recently. There were som trials and errors as I worked things out along the way, but everything came together in the end.  I dreaded most sewing all those small fabric pieces, but in the end, it went quite smoothly.

I took notes as I worked since I anticipated that I will be doing this again, with another design. I have since collected my write-ups and drawings in two pdf-files, which are available as a download pattern from my website.

Have fun browsing through all the eye-candy at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

Eldrid

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  1. This is an amazing quilt and I must now go off and find those pdf files you were talking about to find out how you put this together!

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  2. Wow, this is amazing! Thanks for sharing your incredible work!

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  3. WOW WOW and WOW!

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  4. Wow – that is just crazy cool!!!! How long did it take for you to do????? I would have love to see the process of it!!! thanks for sharing!

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  5. That is just so spectacular. I can’t believe its only 19 inches square. I would be having a panic attack working with such small pieces.

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  6. This might be the best inspiration-to-completion quilt story I’ve ever seen. You really made your vision come to life. It looks wonderful!

    I will definitely be checking out that pattern!

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  7. VERY VERY COOL! well done!!! we find inspiration in the funniest places!

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  8. Eldrid, it’s stunning! Oh my gosh, I just cannot believe all of the stitching detail and how well you placed all of those fabrics! And your inspirations are amazing too – thanks for sharing them.

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  9. Wow! It is magical what you do with fabric!

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  10. What a stunning quilt. Very, very artistic. You did a beautiful job.

    Carol

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  11. Jen T

     /  October 29, 2010

    That quilt is amazing!

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  12. wow! wow! what an amazing piece of art. I’m more impressed by your quilt than the art work that inspired it! just beautiful!

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  13. This is stunning! Well done. Happy Festival!

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  14. VERY pretty! I love how it looks!! Good job!!

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  15. What an amazing achievement to conceive of and make come to life! I’m in awe of how beautifully this turned out.

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  16. Karen W.

     /  October 29, 2010

    Wow! Both these quilts are beautiful.

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  17. Stunning!! So amazingly done!

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  18. As always Eldrid you have managed to create an absolute masterpiece.

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  19. Amazing, thanks for sharing the inspiration as well!

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  20. What an amazing piece of work! I absolutely love it!

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  21. WOW about says it all.

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  22. This quilt is just amazing! I would love to make something like this, but it just terrifies me! You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing.

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  23. Stunning quilt, but I loved the photos you posted as well. Loved the applique stitch you did. Very talented!

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  24. I’m absolutely speechless…Incredible!

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  25. I am so in awe of your vision – this is truly amazing and wonderful!

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  26. Gorgeous! Such a wonderful effect and lovely colors. Awesome!

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  27. This is stunning! Your use of color and values is amazing. Wow.

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  28. WOW! What a unique and intricate quilt! Your work is amazing!

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  29. Simply spectacular. Thanks for sharing the inspiration story with us – you have done a superb job with this piece!

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  30. great inspiration, and awesome quilt to boot! amazing work!

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  31. sherry

     /  October 30, 2010

    Wow, amazing work!

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  32. This is gorgeous! I love the flow of colours

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  33. How georgous. Great work!

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  34. This is awesome and wonderful and unique and amazing!
    Thank you for sharing how you did this.

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  35. This is fantastic!!! You’ve captured all your inspiration and created something that will inspire others. I love it!

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  36. The mosaic is beautiful and your quilt is a wonderful adaptation of it. I can only imagine the hours you must have spent finding just the right coloured fabric to go in just the right place. Thanks for sharing it.

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  37. Wonderful! Love the quilting on it too!

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  38. I’ve always found your work fresh and inspirational, and this piece is not the exception. Two things that always stand out for me when I have had the occasion to view your work is your use of photography and of color. As with all your quilts, this one too is stunning.

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  39. Impressive and fascinating.

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  40. Your experiment turned into a master piece. This is an amazing quilt with colors. I like the touch that the zig-zag quilting effect had!

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  41. this is fabulous, I really love what you’ve done with all the colors and circles and transparency. wonderful!

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  42. Really amazing! The colors flow so beautifully.

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  43. Your quilt is very beautiful! So exquisite! Not sure if I spelled that right, but it truly is!

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  44. This is such a stunning quilt. It has beautiful workmanship with the piecing and quilting. The story behind it is wonderful too!

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  45. Wow, that is amazing. I love the way you used the speciality stitches to really enhance the pieces of the quilt and really make them stand out. Absolutely gorgeous job!

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  46. What a brilliant art quilt you have created. I love the way that you graded the colors to get the luminous effect.
    You would love looking at Jinny Beyer’s quilts and some of the patterns by Jacqueline deJonge (” Circle of Life” and Bright in particular)
    Your tile quilt is totally amazing. You have a great eye for color and detail. Thanks for sharing your wonderful quilts.
    I hope you meet many quilters during the show. Enjoy the festival.
    Warmest regards,
    Anna

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  47. Oh my goodness, that is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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  48. This is a fantastic quilt! Really stunning!

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  49. Fantastic quilt! I share your obvious love of moasic and have posted about ones I have come across in various travels, but have never contemplated turning them into a quilt. Very inspiring. Thank you

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  50. Wow! This quilt is just fantastic!!Love your use of colour and the the technique you`ve been using here.. amazing!!Thank you for sharing!

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  51. I’m speechless… this is simply THE most amazing quilt! The attention to detail and the stitching blows my mind.

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  52. This is beautiful! We’re always told to give our eyes a place to rest. Baloney! Let them look at the wall instead, because I’d much rather soak in this quilt!

    I would love to display this quilt on my website site so that my visitors could see it too! It’s on the “Share your quilt pictures” page. I’d want to link back to your PFD files on your website so that my visitors could see that too!

    Tusen Takk!

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  53. Wow! This is an amazing quilt! Just beautiful! :)

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  54. Wow,that is fantastic!

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  55. mngirltx

     /  October 31, 2010

    What a gorgeous quilt!

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  56. A stunning quilt!

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  57. Absolutely amazing! A really stunning quilt – well done! I would like to reply to a comment you left on my quilt but you have ‘no reply’ on your comments! Please change this :)

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  58. What a spectacular use of color and design. You did a wonderful job and should be very proud of this. Barbara

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  59. So beautiful! Beautiful inspiration as well. :)

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  60. Wow! That is amazingly, spectacularly, fabulously, stunningly gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful work!

    xo -El

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  61. This is so amazing, from the shades of color, to the shape and texture… my eyes are enjoying taking it all in! I am finding you through the quilt festival and really happy I did!

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  62. Cynthia

     /  November 2, 2010

    That is very pretty and fun! I like your memory quilt too! Just amazing!

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  63. That is amazing, my jaw is still on the floor after seeing it.

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  64. This quilt is absolutely amazing! I love the way you’ve interpreted the mosaic tiles — these are my colors, and the whole composition sings to me! I must find your pdf files and see how you did this — beautiful!

    Diane

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  65. Wow! That quilt is amazing.

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  66. This quilt is absolutely fabulous, and I love the inspiration behind it. I can’t imagine making it bigger considering all the detail. It’s perfect, just perfect!

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  67. Terrific inspiration piece turned into a mini-wonder! Hard to believe the size some of those fabric pieces must be, miniscule! What a great mess of color on your worktable you must have had fun with, picking out all the different bits :) Thanks for sharing your quilt’s story!

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  68. Yours is the first one I looked at from the festival because it caught my eye right away. Beautiful work!

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  69. Wow. Your quilt is amazing. You never know where you will find inspiration.

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  70. Another quilt where I am speechless. So much thought and planning went into that design. I love how the top has a more decorative stitch for the quilting. Pure genius!

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  71. It is beautiful and rivals the original.

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  72. Wow, stunning, can’t believe I missed this several times. Thanks for sharing it and the inspiration and the process.

    I have 2 entries -antique 1890 schoolhouse quilt
    http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com/

    or my black/white/pink scrappy miniature
    http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com

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  73. oh! the black thread is STUNNING. Thank you for sharing!!! My creative mind LOVES IT. : )
    ~Monika
    sewing in Saskatoon

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  74. Don’t know how I possibly missed seeing this post before! Eldrid, your design and execution are both excellent and the effect is magical.

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  75. Dianne Ritter

     /  January 15, 2011

    this is an amazing quilt! I love reading about your process and really love the colour play of the final product. The stitching you used is really effective. Great job!!1

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