Saturday, June 5, 2010

Faceted Mosaic

For many years I have loved looking at mosaics. Their colour, shape, and interesting little bits of china or glass really catch my eye. However I don't have the tools, nor the room for yet another craft in my house at the moment. So I have decided to do a mosaic quilt.
 This quilt is based on Kaffe Fassetts Facet quilt (from his new book Simple Shapes Spectacular quilts), and Brandon Mably's mosaic wall on their studio in London (I will see if I can get permission to show these pics next time!).

I started with Kaffe's pattern for his Facet quilt and made it up in two different shades of grey as the 'grouting' between the mosaic. I used Kona cotton in Charcoal and Coal.
Then I picked about 8 or 9 fabrics for each coloured diamond....various oranges for the orange diamond, various pinks for the pink diamond, etc, mainly using Kaffe and Brandons fabrics. I cut out a rectangle of each colour (about 6 x 8 inches each) and ironed Heat and Bond to the back of the fabrics. Then comes the fun part....cutting out each fabric into little mosaic shapes and glueing them in place within each diamond.
I began with the first orange diamond, moved onto the green, etc, and I will fill in each and every diamond and half diamond with mosaic colour by the time I am finished. Once happy with each diamond, I then iron the mosaic shapes to properly fuse them on.
Once the whole quilt top is complete I will layer the quilt top with the batting and backing and then free motion stitch around each and every mosaic shape. This will ensure none of the pieces will ever fall off, as well as quilting the quilt at the same time! I am hoping to get all this completed very soon as we are off on a road trip to Brisbane in a couple of weeks time, so I'd better get working on it!!!

89 comments:

Anna said...

That is absolutely amazing. When I saw the first photo, I thought for certain it was a glass mosiac. Well done. I look forward to seeing the final quilt!

Kate said...

Spectaular! An amazing quilt.

Blossy said...

That quilt looks absolutely fantastic Cathy. Well worth all the fiddly hard work. I am sure it will look even better once you completed the whole thing.

One Flew Over said...

So inspirational Cathy! A lovely quilt and I am really looking forward to seeing it in it's completed state!

nat said...

That's stunning! I assumed the first photo was actual tile mosaic.

Kirsty said...

That is an amazing quilt can't wait to see it finished. Have you tried using steam-a-seam or appliqufix rather then having to glue the pieces down before ironing.

Miriam said...

Wow!! What an amazing idea! More wonderful inspiration!!!

Leah said...

Cathy, you're a legend! It's looking just fabulous already.

Momma Made This said...

PRETTY! Can't wait to see how you finish it!

~ Ronda

Andi said...

That's genius that is!!!

alobsiger said...

Stunning, simply stunning.

Teresa said...

That is so cool...at first I thought the picture ws tile or glass, not fabric. I can't wait to see how this turns out!

Joanna said...

Once again, your work is gorgeous - this is why yours is the first blog I read when I see you have a new post! What an inspiration you are!

beth said...

Wow! this one will be wonderful!!

Lurline said...

A true work of art, Cathie - congratulations!
Hugs - Lurline♥

peppermintpatcher said...

Absolutely stunning! I just love it.

Sally said...

Very cool!

shequilts said...

I'm speechless. What a fabulous quilt. You are so creative.

VeeV said...

this is really beautiful. i look forward to seeing the finished product - and all the intricate quilting!!

xo
eva

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

This quilt is amazing Cathy.

I have been working on a similar concept of "tiles" in a quilt, and the background as grout. I am really getting into it, but I am slow because it is all needle-turn applique.

You can see it here...
http://www.matchingpegs.com/2010/05/14/learning-new-techniques/

I can't wait to see you quilt finished.

Janet said...

This one is making my heart palpitate, it's stunning. I love the two groutings and it's a piece of genius. I nearly did a mosaic course last year but chickened out in case I got addicted, lol.

wishes, true and kind said...

I am totally in awe of this! I bow to the master!

Allie said...

Holy Smokes! This is going to be so beautiful!!!

Erica Spinks said...

Cathy, this is totally gorgeous. Can't wait to see it finished!

Lorraine said...

Wow ... a fantastic concept !!
I'll be hanging out to see the finished quilt.
I love the grey backgrounds .

nicolette said...

Cathy, this is spectacular! I hope it will go as planned!

Christine said...

Cathy you are one clever girl, will you be long n Brisbane?

cheers
Christine

maybe we could catch up for coffee?

Marit said...

Fantastic idea, It looks very pretty! You are brave to try this out in a big scale...
; )

Kim D. said...

Wow, your quilt is impressive. Good luck getting it finished before vacation.

Sarah said...

That's beautiful Cathy, and such a fun technique. Well done

bearpaw said...

This is absolutely stunning, what an amazing quilt this will be! And thanks so much for sharing your method, so simple but SO clever!

Kelly said...

Wow Cathy!! What a mammoth task! I really really can't wait to see how this one ends up!! It will truely be a work of art!

Annemiek said...

I'm in awe!!This is really só beautifull that i couldn't stop looking at the pictures. It seems rather simple when you explain it but ..WOW

Francien said...

Wauw Cathy that will be an absolute masterpiece wenn finished...what a great idea!! and so beautiful made!!as a lover of real mosaics i think this is stunning too with those great fabrics and colors you use..can`t wait to see the progress...greetings Francien.

Stephanie said...

Totally spectacular! I just can't wait to see this all quilted. The Kaffe book is fantastic. Mine just arrived in the mail and I can't stop looking at it.

Karen said...

This is a very interesting post. And I like what you are making. Something different to try.

Meredith said...

That is really neat. It looks like little kid fun. The colors glow. I sent you an email with a Kaffee Fassett quilt top I finished. Since I know you love his fabric.

Jenny said...

Cathy there really is no end to your fabulous-ness and immense creativity. this is beautiful.

Sue said...

I love this technique, definately on my very long to do list :)

Kim said...

OMGosh Cathy! WOW!!! It's gorgeous!! Time-intensive but so worth it!!

alobsiger said...

Back to gaze at it again. Genius!

Shelley said...

What a super-fabulous idea! It is absolutely gorgeous. I too love the photo of the mosaic wall in his book, but never thought to replicate it in a quilt. I predict that you will start a trend here :)

You should call it your "Fassett-ed" Mosaic

sewpam63 said...

SPECTACULAR, Cathy!!! Yep, sheer GENIUS!!! Thanks for sharing it and showing us your process.

Marjorie said...

Absolutely stunning! What a great way to use up all those little pieces of fabric I can't bear to throw away.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Breathtakingly beautiful - can't wait to see more of it!

erica said...

Wow! This is gorgeous...you're making me wish I were more ambitious! This is going to be one stunning quilt!

Michele said...

BRILLIANT!

ginaquilts said...

Wow - gorgeous! What a great looking projects so far!

marie said...

WOW! That is beautiful!

Erzebat said...

wowowow! I was racking my brain on what I wanted to make for a mini quilt in a online swap I am in. now I know! thanks for inspiring me! (mauh) Liz

Rafael's Mum said...

Absolutely stunning Cathy!! A lot of work and not easy getting the right configuration but it has worked really well! Beautiful!!

Amanda M. said...

That is just amazing, Cathy! You have the patience of a saint, and incredibly creativity! Can't wait to see how this one turns out - soooo lovely!!

Mª Clara Lloveras said...

It´s spectacular quilt!!!!!

frayedattheedge said...

this is fabulous! I look forward to seeing the finished quilt.

Isa said...

Gorgeous! and very inspiring!!

Carol said...

So so beautiful! Can't wait to see this finished!

Ann Champion said...

Wow! Absolutely stunning! Such a fun, creative idea. Your fabric choices are wonderful! :)

YankeeQuilter said...

so gorgeous....thanks for sharing!

Julia said...

Wow, Cathy...That quilt looks absolutely fantastic . A work of art..
Julia ♥

Danielle said...

wow Cathy - this is stunning!

Karen said...

There are no words, this quilt is amazing!!

Susan Being Snippy said...

I think this is a great idea, if no one has said previous to my comment -- I do believe I am going to pick up on your idea and try to produce one of my own...

Rach said...

Wow.


Seriously, wow. I honestly am so speechless. This is just stunning. I love it.

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

OMG Cathy! You amaze me! That is just awesome!!! Words can't say enough...

It would have been fun to join you in the fun...though I probably would have been sad when yours turned out great, and mine not so much... ;D

Kellie said...

holy crap!! This is utterly magnificent - I am blown away by the fabulousness of this concept and its execution - genius!!

Sarah said...

Golly gosh! This quilt is going to be AMAZING! What a great idea. You are one clever cookie!

Brenda said...

Simply stunning Cathy!

Nedra said...

I am just getting caught up on some blogs after tending grandbabies this last week. I noticed I'm commment # 68. All I can say is WOW!!!! I love it!!!!

Jackie said...

Just unbelievably phenomenal, Cathy!! Wow, wow, wow!! Love it!

ranette said...

Divine!!!

shellysquilts said...

Absolutely amazing! Happy sewing!

Mama Spark said...

What an amazing and fun way to make a quilt! I love how it is looking so far and can't wait to see it quilted!

Karen said...

Beautiful Cathy!

imquilternity said...

Cathy! What an absolutely innovative idea! It's quite stunning, you know. I'm quite impressed and think this could possibly become a "Pattern" - have you considered the idea?

amandajean said...

it's AMAZING!!!! i love all the tiny pieces arrranged by color. stunning!!!

Pokey said...

Thank you for the photos and sharing how you have begun this beautiful piece. I LOVE it!!

meli B said...

Brilliant process. I think I would love the mosaic part but hate the quilting part. It will be a huge job to quilt each shape - good luck, it will be worth it in the end I am sure.

quilthexle said...

What an amazing quilt this is going to be! Thanks for the idea - mind if I "borrow" it???

Adele said...

A-mazing!! Looks brilliant. Please come along to the Modern Quilt Guild meeting one day and bring it so we can see it in the flesh.... pretty please? Love your work!

Deb said...

It's great to read all the comments on this one Cathy. It really does look amazing. Go girl! (Has the purple fabric you're waiting on arrived yet?)

Sarah said...

Wow! That is going to take a long time to quilt, but it will be well worth it! It is stunning already!

Wendy said...

Wow! How creative! This would be a great way to empty the scrap bins too! Totally gorgeous!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

This is so funny. I didn't know Kaffe's book had this in it. I've been thinking mosaic and how to do it. I used to make mosaics out of china bits. I made quite a few things. Anyway I was thinking of the grout and the pieces and wanting to make one - when I don't know - so I'm on exactly the same wavelength.

Cardygirl said...

Simply gorgeous Cathy!

Sonja♥ said...

WaoW!!! It's amazing!!!!
Success:)

Kathy said...

This is really beautiful! I am pleased I found your informative blog post on this topic. You are doing a spectacular job on this quilt.

Rebecca said...

WOW! I just came across your blog for the first time and this is amazing!!

sewjourn said...

That is divine! Can't wait to see it finished.

Monika said...

OMG! That is one awesome quilt. I have done mosaics in my past and I thoroughly enjoyed it (helped having a plumber/tiler as a husband) but I never got past doing a small table top. I NEVER thought of doing it with fabric. I also have Kaffee's book. Amazing, isn't it (and he!).

You blow me away every time you come up with a new quilt.

One question ~ you glued for positioning. Was the applique sheeting already on the back of those fabrics while you did a dab of glue? I presume it was as I couldn't see you putting the applique sheeting on AFTER cutting out the tiles. Is it okay to iron with the glue on the applique sheeting?

I can't wait to see it finished.