Chinoiserie - Where East Meets West
|Chinoiserie Collection by Anna Griffin|
CONTEST IS OVER. Congratulations to Deborah B of Michigan.
A new fabric collection by Anna Griffin has a name I can't pronounce, but I am captivated by its beauty and elegance. Chinoiserie just takes my breath away. But, as I always say: Words mean things. And what does this mysterious word mean? Let Wikipedia help you (as they helped me).
Chinoiserie, a French term, signifying "Chinese-esque", and pronounced [ʃinwazʁi]) refers to a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences. It is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquerlike materials and decoration.
|A stack of books covered in Chinoserie and a pillow bolster. And the quilt in the background . . .|
Enough of words! What did I do with it? Do you remember my blog post in late October with the Halloween quilt created with 8 squares cut with the motifs in the exact spot on each one? It's my "go-to" pattern I call Spinning Pinwheels, and if you go peek at the steps, I'll wait right here for you.
|I cut 8 squares 9-1/2" x 9-1/2" with the print in the exact location on each one|
|All 8 squares have the same motif placement|
|Eight stacks of eight triangles each (from the Blossom print)|
|One stack of matching triangles, each turned 45 degrees to its neighbor|
I next cut 4 squares (not 8) of the wonderful teal and white print (Pavillion Turquoise), and then cut those into 8 triangles.
|Spinning Pinwheels Block. Finished size approximately 11-1/4"|
|The marvelous Peacock print for setting triangles|
OK. What else did I make and what is the prize?
|Used a fancy gift bag as a pattern (Prosperity Pink on the outside)|
|Gift bag from the side (Bamboo Green used for lining)|