Happy Weekend, quilters! I have an itty bitty amount of progress on my new Halo quilt to share with you today. For those who missed my earlier post about this NewFO project, Halo is a Jen Kingwell pattern that can be found in her Jenny From One Block pattern booklet, available on Amazon here (this post contains affiliate links).
|Unsewn Halo Blocks On My Design Wall|
For the last couple of weeks, I've been working on cutting out shapes and rearranging them on my design wall without any sewing. When I searched #haloquilt on Instagram, I found lots of different versions of this quilt, in all kinds of colorways. What struck me immediately was that it's the muddled values in Jen Kingwell's original version that drew me in, the way that her "halo rings" appear to come forward in some places and recede in others, creating an illusion of depth. Other quilters have made some very striking and modern versions of this quilt by increasing the value contrast, limiting the color palette, or restricting themselves to solids, but I was really intrigued by the way Jen broke the conventional "quilt police" rules about value and contrast in her quilt, creating something that feels fresh and modern but also somehow nostalgic and vintage. I want to recreate that in my version of the quilt.
|Jen Kingwell's 66 x 66 Halo Quilt|
I printed a full page, grayscale photo of Jen's quilt and taped it up above my cutting table so I can refer to it as I'm chopping up my fabric pieces:
|Grayscale Photo of Jen Kingwell's Halo Quilt|
It's so much easier to see what's going on with value when you take color out of the equation!