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!
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.