Friday, December 5, 2008

Interpolated Image

The dictionary defines interpolation as the insertion of something foreign or new. Now, apply that to a quilt and you have an interpolated image. I know, the first time I heard it, I couldn't figure it out either.

In September, my quilting buddies and I went to a quilt show a little over an hour away from home. There we saw the most amazing wall hangings. In this show, there were about 4 or 5 wall hangings and they all had "interpolation" or "interpolated" in the name. After asking one of the "white glove" ladies of the local guild, we discovered that the class for this quilt was taught at a local shop called the "Overall Quilter".
Now being a quilter for going on 20 years now, I'm not baffled on the construction of many quilts, but this one got the better of me. The flowers on the fabric seemed to explode right before your eyes. My quilt buddies couldn't figure this one out either. So, there was nothing left to do but take the class. I had to know how to make my fabric do that!

The ladies at Overall Quilter were extremely gracious. When I asked about the class and told them that there were at least 3 and maybe every 5 of us from "home" that were willing to drive the hour plus to come to the shop just to take the class, they scheduled one just for us!
Are you ready to see the results?
This is MC and our teacher, Debbie showing us how to "find" our image on the fabric.

Here is LB cutting up her image. You can see that she has part of it on the design wall already.

BW is putting hers on the design wall.

This one is mine on the design wall. I'm ready to start the sewing.

Finished and borders added. I'm afraid the pictures really don't do the quilt justice. It just looks fuzzy here.
Anyway, I love the technique so much, I've bought 4 other fabrics to make more floral explosions!
Heritage Quilter


  1. Cool quilt! I was with MC when she bought that fabric...I'll have to see if she has her's ready to show

  2. We must have gone to the same quilt show. I saw those quilts. I have seen the technique in a magazine. Can you tell me where the shop is? I don't think I have ever heard of it.Your quilt is fantastic.

  3. This looks like a great class, and a most unusual technique, too! Well done, yours is wonderful! Can't wait to see it after Maxine works her magic on it.