*I would like to encourage you to read to the bottom of this post before Googling and clicking links you find online.*
I did NOT design this quilt; I saw it online a good many years ago, and it has been on my bucket list all those years. It's a fabulous design, the brainchild of Ukrainian quilter Mezhibovskaya Valery Vadimovna, who blogs under the name lerusisik. You will notice I did not add any live links to her site as I normally would do. There's a reason...
Lerusisik designed this quilt as part of a guild challenge on twisted log cabin blocks. They had 6 months to complete the challenge, and she came up with this brilliant design which she called "Through The Lens." Amazingly, it did not win the challenge. (? must have been some pretty strong competition in that guild!) She next entered it in a math contest (didn't win that either) and then decided to submit a picture of her quilt to a German magazine, Lena's Patchwork, who developed a pattern, and featured it on the cover.
Despite all of this, I still wanted to make the quilt! Originally, she had shared her working sketch, done in Corel Draw, on her site for readers to download (with permission), and I had saved that sketch. That's what I used to work from:
As you see in the magazine cover above, the original had multi-coloured centres but I chose to go with just 3 colours for the quilt: black, white, and Canada Red Kona cotton. I think the high contrast in colours helps add to the 3-D effect, and I like how clean and crisp the colours look together.
There are only 4 square blocks in the entire piece (the corners), and these measure 4".
I've done a fair bit of patchwork in my day, but this was truly difficult. About 6 blocks in, I decided I couldn't do it. I set it aside for a couple of weeks while I thought on it. It occurred to me that the piece is symmetrical side to side and top to bottom, so once I had the first quadrant of 9 blocks figured out, that would be the worst of it, as the shapes would repeat after that. I think I can, I think I can...
Global Warming quilt I did last year, and a light bulb came on! I needed to join the centre blocks in a circle, and then insert them into the outside blocks, like sewing a sleeve in an armhole.
This is far and away the most challenging patchwork project I've done. I cannot say I enjoyed making it, but I sure as heck enjoyed finishing it! If you would like to try your hand at this...I wish you the best of luck. Thank you, Mezhibovskaya Valery Vadimovna, for your very brilliant design.
Beth of Mrs. Pugsley's Emporium has kindly invited me to display the quilt at her shop later this spring. I'll keep you posted on when that will be (I think we need to decide first who is climbing the ladder to hang it...).