Sunday, June 28, 2015

Focus Through the Prism Friendship Star

"Friendship lasts forever"....The lyrics to the Spice Girls song was going through my head as I made this quilt.  So, of course the name of this quilt is Friendship Lasts Forever.
This quilt represents my two best friends and myself.  I am lucky enough to have these two friends in my life who I've known since we were eight or nine.  We have been there for each other in good times and difficult times.  We laugh and bitch together.  It's wonderful.  Thanks, Sue and Joy for years of friendship and the many more to come.

If you look closely at the friendship star blocks, you will see I interlocked them by sharing corners.  The picture to the left shows the shared corner square--the top left of the bottom block and the lower right of the top block.   The picture below shows those shared corners, also.  I interconnected them to show how the lives for my friends and I are interconnected.  Three separate people, with a shared history and a shared love for one another.
I changed the friendship star slightly.  Usually, the center of the stars is a solid square, but I decided to bisect it on the diagonals.  I like the movement this design element brought out.

I pieced the background directly onto batting, leaving the center area empty, then appliqued the interconnected blocks on top.  I then put a back on the quilt and did some quilting through all three layers.  You can't really tell very well, but I quilted lines from the corner of the center block in kind of a starburst pattern.  I chose the blue background to represent space, and eternity, to show how long our friendship will last.

The piece is 20" square and was made in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.