The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes

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The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes

My first entry into this spring’s Bloggers’ Quilt Festival is “The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes.”

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes | Flying Parrot Quilts

Those of you that follow me have seen a lot of this quilt, but I thought I’d share some photos from the making of it. More closeups of the finished quilt are at the end. The quilt started with the “Insane Artichoke” quilt block that I designed:

The Insane Red Artichoke
The Insane Red Artichoke

A few of my friends told me I really should design a larger quilt using this block, but medallion quilts aren’t really my thing. At that point the idea of having two artichokes disintegrating was born. Piecing the centers was the easy part, but then I had to get into large-scale improv piecing. I cut the triangles to size, then pieced them into strips that I added to the center one by one:

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes assembly | Flying Parrot Quilts

I did the two blocks individually, then joining them was the real challenge.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes assembly | Flying Parrot Quilts

There was a lot of laying stuff out on the floor. The final joins were super awkward and ended up being some sort of weird piecing-appliqué hybrid:

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes assembly | Flying Parrot Quilts

The finished top was an awkward shape, but allowed me room to trim it to size after quilting, which makes for a perfectly square quilt.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes assembly | Flying Parrot QuiltsA lot of people have asked me about how much of the quilting was marked, so here a couple of pictures showing that. I went through at least an entire one of my blue water-soluble markers. All the circles and all the feathers/teardrops were marked ahead of time; only the background swirls and stippling was done without marking. This was mostly to keep the circles round, which I have a hard time with otherwise, and to keep the feather sizes consistent.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes quilting | Flying Parrot Quilts

This was a picture taken while burying threads in the artichoke centers. There were a lot to bury.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes quilting | Flying Parrot QuiltsThis quilt is featured in the current issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited!

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes | Flying Parrot QuiltsThanks for reading this far—as promised, here are detail photos. There are also more in my original post on the (then almost) finished quilt. Then head over to the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival and check out all the other amazing quilts!

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  1. Amazing that you did not miss any spots while filling in the unmarked spaces! I would have. Congratulations on a beautiful quilt. 🙂

  2. Holy WOW!! Amazing quilt and fabulous quilting!! Totally enjoyed reading about the process you went through to make this quilt. I have been known to mark circles too – it’s the only way I can keep them consistent! 🙂

  3. This is so unique – worth every effort for the effect. I like the red artichoke too! Congratulations on being published – the quilting is superb!

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