Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Q82 – Mauk I - Quilt


Our next finished quilt, Mauk I, is the first of our Escher Series. Mauk I, formerly known as Escher I is our first challenge into the world of Tessellation Quilting. The new title is not intended to be a play-on flight as we envision the flock or school of birds or fish, respectively.

By definition, in Wikipedia –
A tessellation or tiling of the plane is a pattern of plane figures that fills the plane with no overlaps and no gaps… Tessellations frequently appeared in the art of M.C. Escher.

Anyone who knew me in my corporate life should remember the Escher prints I had in my offices. I am now intrigued at the possibility of transferring his ideas and knowledge to our quilts. This first quilt, Mauk I, is named for Maurits Cornelis Escher. Accordingly his nickname was “Mauk”.

Here are some more images of Mauk I. Please note that there may be some change in the true colors of the fabric due to my camera, the sunlight and shade, and your browser.

Mauk I is effectively a square quilt with equal Length and Width dimensions of 78” (198 cms). The basic construction is a long-standing quilt block pattern called Arabic Lattice. The earliest use of the Arabic Lattice in a quilt, that I found, is a quilt dating circa 1850. See My Quip for a further discussion. We have used four fabrics.
  1. Visual Arts – Simply Simple Quilts – Mocha, by Ro Gregg; Northcott - #2247-34
  2. From The Providence Collection, inspired by the collections of Colonial Williamsburg; Windham Fabrics - #28519-3 of Windham Fabrics.
  3. A pebbled-patterned black fabric.
  4. A solid black fabric.
All fabrics were obtained through

We used templates created of Arabic Lattice by John Flynn to cut the fabric shapes.

Check out our currently available quilts at Quilts SB Etsy.

To see previously posted quilts, there is a visual Grid presentation at the bottom of the Quilts SB page. Move your cursor over any mini-picture found there and click to see an enlargement. Move your cursor to the "Q#" link to see the quilt's details. If the quilt’s title is highlighted in yellow or in red, it has found a home in a collection and is no longer available.

If you are interested, and would like some more information of Mauk I and the available quilts, regarding costs, shipping, and insurance, please check our Quilts SB Etsy shop.

If you have any questions and/or comments please feel free to get in touch with me via email.


Jim and Andy

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