High Five

30.25″ x 25.25″

High Five shakes up The Triangle Variation series with added color, a new stitch design, a different binding, contrasting quilting thread, and, for the first time, a combination of vertical and horizontal units.

In contrast to the earlier Solitaire, Twofer and Triple Play quilts, none of the Villard Diagram diagonals appear in High Five.

Instead, the focus is squarely on triangles.

Triple lines of stitching—about a sixteenth of an inch apart—define triangles within triangles. Using green thread on blue fabric, blue thread on green fabric, and grey thread on grey fabric helps make the colored triangles really pop forward.

And a big hit of color where two green triangles abut creates a focal point for the quilt.

There’s a constancy to the design: each of the five units (top row with two horizontals, bottom row with three verticals) features a large blue triangle plus a smaller green triangle. At the same time each unit varies: every blue triangle has different angles, different dimensions. Same for the green triangles.

Tiny though it may be, the binding celebrates the (comparative) colorfulness of this quilt by adding pops of blue and green into the black-and-white stripe.

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Photography by Douglas Sandberg