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Kaffe Fassett Persian Carpet Garden Quilt (inspired by Peter Halley)

I had been wanting to make a dear friend a quilt for a few years, but could not come up with the right design that seemed to reflect her personality, interests, colors, etc. But in April 2018 when looking through a monograph of Peter Halley's earliest works, I came across a gouache he had done that to me looked like a loose interpretation of a Persian carpet ingeniously making use of the simple, but extremely versatile, square.

The piece lent itself readily to a translation onto graph paper, which was an interesting exercise in of itself. No wonder so many artists learn simply by copying others. Simply from the act of transcribing each square on the page onto graph paper, I learned a lot about the artist's use of color, patterns, and scale and how those elements worked together.

To my mind, Persian carpets tend to be floral in design, so a coordinating fat quarter bundle using some of Kaffe Fassett's designs seemed perfect for the quilt with its variations of color and scale.

To mimic the feel of a drawing, I put a very large white border around the entire piece and finished the quilt with a variety of straight line quilting at all sorts of angles and within self-contained spaces. For the back, I used a bunch of color-coordinating fat quarters from my stash and left over pieces from the fat quarter bundle to make a secondary quilt.

The quilt finished roughly 82" square and just in time for a November 2018 visit.


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