Monday, September 22, 2014

A Wrinkle In Time Challenge

When I first thought about this theme, "A Wrinkle In Time" ...I immediately thought of a project I had in my stash called Harvest Time --just simply the word 'time' triggered that. I got started on the project and someone mentioned the challenge was the title of a book and I thought, OH NO! So, I quickly started doing some research about the book and a particular word caught my eye. Tesseract.

I have not read the book, but read the Wikipedia overview and decided to jump at this particular 'shape' of a Tesseract and see what I could come up with. If you look at the Schlegel Diagram of it, it provides a great 3d perspective of the description. If it can be drawn, then surely I can make a quilt from that, right?

So, I took the image and uploaded it into EQ7 as a tracing image. I initially tried to just draw it on a circle grid with multiple rings and 8 spokes but I just didn't seem to be getting the points to connect right, and at this writing I'm not sure why I would have even tried to do that. Anyway, the EasyDraw screen allowed me to do what I wanted a bit easier. I wanted to create templates to just piece it together.

My first rendition kept it in the same color family but different shading.

Ultimately I decided to go with a prism effect and considered even more of the cross section impacts than my original shading.

Here is my coloration of that, and so I named it Tesseract Prism.

Print as templates based on the size you want to create it, tape 'em up, mark the colors, find the fabrics and start piecing. With the wonderful templates provided, it went together quite easily. Yes, I had to be careful with all the weird joins, but after going through the Skill Builder Sampler you could do it too!

With time running out, I decided to just ditch the surfaces and 'face' the edges to enter it in the show challenge. This was entered in the Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival 2014 "A Wrinkle In Time" Challenge.

I believe I may want to work on designing some quilting that will show intersections of surfaces, so if you have ideas, I'd love to hear about them! This one needs more quilting, but for its original purpose it is done. I do think it will have a further evolution. Time will tell.

There was another Tesseract created for the challenge. Check out my page and go to the Photo Album Walla Walla Quilt Festival 2014 to see it.


  1. Nice to see how it evolved thus far. Straight line quilting is what it calls for to me for a 3-D effect