Picture of Maze Quilt - Design Choices
I made a quilt following an intricate two-color gridded design, using basic unit piecing methods.  It's 55x41" with individual squares that finish to 1" in size.

I'm going to share here what went into the design choices.  I will cover the construction details that are relevant to the nature of the design, but not attempt to cover basic piecing and quilting techniques.
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Step 1: Source Pattern, Two-color Inspiration

Picture of Source Pattern, Two-color Inspiration
There's lots of cool two color designs that would make dramatic quilts.  I was looking for a maze generator to make printouts with to amuse my young son, and when I found Unikatissima's Maze Generator applet , I was inspired to make a maze quilt.

Unikatissma has a Random Squares Pattern Generator that looks fun.  I also find Cellular Automata patterns a good source of inspiration for two color designs, and my favorite tool for exploring them is Mirek's Java Cellebration .  My next quilt is planned based on a "Life 012345678/1" rule automata.

Step 2: Color Choices - Lights

Picture of Color Choices - Lights
I used Robert Kaufman Kona solids and for the nearly-whites I chose the lightest colors available to me, ending up with white, plus ten nearly-whites.  They're all in a pretty tight range of values.

Step 3: Color Choices - Darks

Picture of Color Choices - Darks
I've overexposed the photo so that you can distinguish the darks; they all read as distinct from each other in person, and they cover a wider range of values than the lights do.  I started by pulling from stash, and even in the cases where I bought fabric for this project, I often did not choose the darkest shade available to me.  I have black, plus fifteen dark colors.  I had several very similar blues in stash, and using one fewer would not have been noticeable (140 Nightfall, is present in the quilt but not in the annotated picture).
Very nice, and artistic!
This is beautiful! Quilting is definitely on my list of things I simply must learn to do.
momtes3 years ago
This is absolutely beautiful!
drewnoakes3 years ago
Nice project. It reminds me of this photo I took in Paris:
i see the maze pattern generated is dated april 2009 - how long did it take to make? (i quilt too - just spent 5 hrs making a pieced pillowcase [top only, no quilting] to match a quilt i made about 5 yrs ago -- yeah to me for keeping the 'useless' scraps!!)
cfox (author)  n_toxic_ated3 years ago
That wasn't actually an easy question to answer; between printing the chart and photographing the top, about six weeks of real time (Sept.-Nov. 2010). Then it sat unquilted for about three months, and was quilted within the space of a week.

I don't manage to work on anything every single day, and I don't get more than an hour or two together when I do work on it; it's a common pattern for me to make a top, then let it sit while I quilt the previous top, or make the next one. (I generally have 2-3 projects on the go, but not more than that.)
and people wonder why we don't sell our quilts or if we do, why they're priced so high...
Rossyta3 years ago
Hey, what a wonderful idea. If I had a sewing machine I would be doing one of this now.
I loved the photo. At first sight it looked as if it were part of the desingn. The tree's shadow make it look really nice. It would be a a good Idea to make one with an image on it, so you'll have the maze and an image to decor your room.
cfox (author)  Rossyta3 years ago
Photographing a quilt in wintertime where I am is pretty tough :)

If you're doing a more subtle set of color choices, using the gridded fusible web method of putting together a "postage stamp" quilt might work better. I think I only got away with unit piecing due to having most of the units the same.
lucek3 years ago
I really should try this. I haven't quilted sense I left high school, But I remember it was fun.
sharzz3 years ago
A maze ing!
kipluck3 years ago
BEAUTIFUL. Wish I was that talented!
pattymadeit3 years ago
Breathtakingly beautiful ... took the words right out of my mouth! Amazing!
PACW3 years ago
All Quilters are insane by nature, You may very well be the queen of quiltdom! This is breathtakingly beautiful.
Beautifully done, it must require great concentration. The design, color and execution are very strong.

I was immediately reminded of Annie Alber's seminal mid-century textiles work at THe Bauhaus and at Black Mountain College near our home. You are aware of her stuff I'm sure, here is a link to MOMA's slideshow:
What a great idea! I was just talking to my kids about making a maze quilt a couple days ago. Now that I know it's not a crazy idea, I can make one for our house without worrying if I'm crazy lol.
this is really cool, I would buy one in a heart beat from you if you sold them