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ANTIQUE GEOMETRIC QUILT DESIGNS STAR LANE
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"GEOMETRIC ABSTRACTION"
by Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979)
Quilt Notes: STAR LANE was published by Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune on September 18, 1934. It made its first appearance in quiltdom back in 1901, in the Ladies Art Company catalogue #403, according to Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS (#2105). Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM has it also (p. 203-7). All three offer the same basic design, but with somewhat different light and dark arrangements. In discussing the block, Cabot includes the following note referring to the interdependence of color and geometry:
"With the advent of geometrical patterns, the assortment and selection of colors became of ranking importance in carrying out the designs. Varicolored patches, with a predominating shade combined with three or four harmonizing or contrasting colors, were carefully arranged, and, as a result, we have had consistently successful blocks which became prize winners when exhibited."
Several designs at this site work with color combinations by well known artists (linked below), including, Johannes Vermeer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Alexander Calder, Paul Klee, and a couple of other works by Sonia Delaunay. Delaunay's print called "GEOMETRIC ABSTRACTION," illustrated left, demonstrates what are called "near-complements." Red's complement, directly opposite on the color wheel, is green: the near-complements for red are therefore greenish yellow, and greenish blue. Colors on computer monitors vary widely though.

There is an amazing transformation of this design when it is tiled. Almost hard to believe that the tessellation (see below) is the same illustration used upper right. As a single block it would appear that the star is partially hidden by the so-called "lanes," but the tiling does the opposite and exhibits the star in an open window.

 For more quilt patterns at this site imitating compositionor color harmonies in art history, see: • Anonymous (Ancient Greece) = LEAPFROG • Anni Albers = OLD MAID'S RAMBLER • Josef Albers = CENTER MEDALLION • Alice Bailly = LADIES' DELIGHT • Alexander Calder = OLD CROW • Mary Cassatt = FRAMED BOUQUET • Sonia Delaunay = FAIR PLAY, also ON THE SQUAREJACK OF SPADES and SUNSHINE & STAINED GLASS • Marcel Duchamp = GOLDEN STAIRS • Helen Frankenthaler = CRAZY ANN • Sengai Gibon = WISHING RING • Hildegard of Bingen = GOTHIC WINDOWS • Hokusai (Japan) = LEND AND BORROW • Paul Klee = CENTURY OF PROGRESS, also STRAIGHT FURROW, (A) THOUSAND PYRAMIDS and ATTIC STAIRS • Piet Mondrian = AUTUMN TINTS and CUBE LATTICE • Berthe Morisot = GIRL'S JOY and FRENCH STAR • Daisy Nampeyo = NAVAJO (1) • Georgia O'Keeffe = ANTIQUE TiLE BlOCK, CITY STREETS, DESERT SUN, GREEN RIVER, FLOWERING NINE PATCH and PATCHWORK PINES • Lyubov Popova = TOWERS OF CAMELOT • Bridget Riley = ARRANGEMENT OF SMALL PIECES, BECKY'S 9-PATCH and MONKEY PUZZLE • Zinaida Serebriakova = RISING SUN • Mattie King Stolzfus (Amish) = FANCY STRIPE • Gunta Stölzl = ALBUM QUILT • Johannes Vermeer = DELFT MILL • Andy Warhol = DUCK CREEK PUZZLE • Eva Zeisel = LIGHT AND DARK

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