Patchwork, Patchwork, Everywhere...
Sat, Sep 18 2010 5:49 PM
I'm seeing patchworky designs in unlikely places -- and I like it.
Here are a few recent examples:
This is a page from this month's Real Simple magazine. They suggest framing colorful bits
of fabric for wall decor. It's like fussy cutting on a larger scale, really.
This is one of my favorite examples. Free People, a lovely fashion label that I often wear, is using this tag on a lot of their items this fall. That, my friends, is a quilt block.
I flipped this picture a zillion times and it's still upside down. But it doesn't matter. I can spot a Mariner's Compass and pieced sashing a mile away and backwards... And on chick lit!
When my mom started quilting, the American Bicentennial was what really got her attention. I don't know if the Great Recession will do it, or if Quilty will do it (!) or if the hipster-make-stuff-with-your-hands-again trend will do it, or if it will be something else entirely, but I'm hoping the graphic artists who used these ideas and designs are inspired by quilts more often.
My dream is that Michelle Obama makes a quilt with the girls, maybe for Quilts of Valor. If she does it, you can bet a lot of people who never thought about quilting will suddenly catch the bug. I don't think everyone is a born quilter, but I think there are a lot of nascent quilters out there who need a boost.
How about you? Have you seen patchwork popping up in unlikely places? I'd love to know...