The name is very appropriate for this piece. It could be turning on an imaginary point in the very center of the quilt.
But more importantly it was a “turning point” in my journey as a quilter.
This quilt was created about 25 years ago.
It broke a long quilting dry spell I had after piecing the top Threads Through Time, a tribute to my ancestors. Piecing that quilt top was so emotional that I could not create for a long time after I completed it in record time.
I was signed up to take a quilting class from a well known quilter and teacher. We were to bring an original block design with us to the class along with a LOT of fabric.
Try as I might in the months before the class I could NOT draw an original block I was pleased with.
The night before the class the teacher gave a lecture to our quilt guild. She talked about having a dry spell with her work.
Somehow that made an impression with my brain and my lack of creativity.
I woke up the morning of the class and immediately drew the block I used in this quilt.
The simple rectangular block consists of only 3 pieces and features curved seams.
I really can’t tell you what the instructor was trying to teach us to do as once I set foot in the classroom my brain went off on it’s own path. Fortunately the instructor encouraged me to work in my own style.
I cut strips and used a variation of a technique I had developed called Tubular Spiral Patchwork. I was able to resolve the coloration as I moved from block to block as I turned each block a quarter turn to produce the entire piece.
I had expected to fill in the center but realized it was better with nothing in the center.
This was the first quilt I ever had accepted in a juried ART show. After that first acceptance it was accepted into every show I entered it in.
And from that point on I never looked back….I’m still creating original design quilts.