Saturday Special: Tilted Squares and an I Ching Quilt-Along

by megan on February 11, 2012

Quilt of the Week

Ever since I started quilting, I have wanted to make quilts in nothing but solids. It was the boldly colored Amish quilts that drew me to quilting in the first place, and though I almost always use solids in my quilts, they have only been there as a contrast to the prints I am highlighting. Still, I keep promising myself that the next quilt will be the one, that the next trip to my LQS will be the one where I stock up on Kona instead of Kate Spain. And with the popularity of solids in quilting today, there’s a lot of inspiration online, but then sometimes you see THE ONE. For me, this quilt is THE ONE, the solids quilt of my dreams.

This is Tilted Squares by Pippa Eccles. The centers of each block are made up of sixteen 2.5-inch squares, but the width of the strips that surround them are all different, giving it an improv feel. I love how this combines that measured regularity with free-form style, and the combination makes the pattern just dance. And it was all made from scraps!

Do yourself a favor and go check out the rest of Pippa’s work on her blog or her Flickr page. You’ll be blown away, I promise.

 

Blog Post of the Week

The I Ching is an ancient Chinese text that is still used today as a guide for making decisions and going through changes. Sometimes called the Book of Changes, the I Ching uses a system of hexagrams, which are a series of six horizontal lines (see this Wikipedia entry for a far better and more complete explanation). Blogger and quilter Sherri Lynn Wood of Daintytime has just begun an I Ching Modern Quilt-Along. Not only will the quilt-along result in a unique and personal quilt based upon your own I Ching reading, it will also be a journey of “creative self-discovery.” As Sherri told me, “The I Ching Modern Quilt-along is designed to enhance your creative practice. It is best done along-side projects you are already working on.” I think this is a wonderful way to approach creativity and and to bring the ancient and the modern together.

She’s already up to week three, but you can start anytime. I plan to start right now.

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Kit Lang Identicon Icon Kit Lang February 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

What a great quilt, and what a great quilt idea! Thanks for sharing!

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Nicole Identicon Icon Nicole February 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Megan, it is so hard to pass up prints for solids sometimes! It took me a while before I made my first all solids quilt, but once I did, I was hooked. After that I actually had to push myself to include prints my quilts! I can see why Pippa’s quilt inspires you to take that leap into all solids. It’s a beauty.

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