Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Beijing

I saw many beautiful window screens last year in China. I loved the simpler ones, based on squares and rectangles. They inspired me with drawing this grid, which also makes me think a little bit of a log cabin block, courthouse steps style.
I burned two thermal screens from my drawing. I found the marks on the first one a bit too thin, so I did a second one with thicker lines. I finally used them both for printing the central square panel, using red, gold and blue paint.

Once I was happy with the printing, I added red and gold borders, with a touch of blue and green, because these are the colours I remember of Beijing. 
The piece is machine and hand quilted.
I'm rather pleased with this quilt, and it's given me many ideas for other pieces...
Please don't forget to have a look at the Twelve by Twelve blog to see the other 12x12 window quilts.

12 comments:

nicolette said...

This is such a beautiful window! It has a Japanese atmosphere and I see a labyrinth in it as well!

I can imagine it’s giving you lots of ideas for other pieces!

Vicki W said...

Your window is beautiful! It has wonderful little details all through it.

jenclair said...

I like these very much! Simple, but elegant!

Deb H said...

It's really beautiful. I love how you combined the hand & machine stitching. I also like that it is so meaningful to you. A nice memory.

sharon young said...

What a beautiful quilt and so atmospheric of Beijing.
The patterns and colours are so harmonious.

Doreen G said...

Absolutely beautiful Francoise and so much detail as well.

Laura said...

It turned out really well, Francoise!

Marlis said...

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Leah said...

Oh, this is gorgeous, Francoise!!

It does make me think of China.

linda stokes said...

Another wonderful quilt Francoise, a real feeling of the Orient.

karenfae said...

I really like this quilt - I love the way you quilted it.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

n a t s u m i said...

I love this pattern very much! I wish I knew how to make quilt.