TUTTI FRUITY, a variation of OHIO STAR, was published by Maggie Ball in TRADITIONAL QUILTS WITH A TWIST: EXCITING NEW LOOKS FOR YOUR FAVORITE PATTERNS (p. 73). The usual expression, Tutti Frutti, refers to any concoction of colorful mixed fruits, especially jellied fruits in ice cream. |
Helen Frankenthaler, the American abstract expressionist painter, created a stain painting by this name in 1966, illustrated here, and sporting a marvelous selection of fruity colors we might name strawberry, lemon, lime, orange and blueberry.
The pattern by Maggie Ball is truly exquisite and worth the time it needs, but it's quite complicated and she lists the design in fact at a level of expertise she rates as "challenging." First of all it requires a complex Ohio Star Variation and then when it is tiled, the dark and light distribution between neighboring blocks is reversed (see the two samples above left and the tiling below. The block is then set on a diagonal.
See CRAZY ANN for another design inspired by Frankenthaler's stain painting color combinations. Other patterns at this site based on themes of color or with complex arrangements include:
A THOUSAND PYRAMIDS
Illustration left: "Tutti Frutti" by Helen Frankenthaler
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