A patchwork quilt
is a quilt in which the top layer consists of pieces of fabric sewn together to form a design. Originally, this was to make full use of left-over scraps of fabric, but now fabric is often bought specially for a specific design. Patchwork blocks were initially created individually, accumulated over time, by use of scrap and salvaged material. Geometric designs were the most efficient way to aggregate fabric into useful units.
Over the years, I have made many templates. Most of them squares or triangles. Actually most of them 1 or 2 or 3 inch shares. And the triangles that resulted from splitting them in half. Of course then, I have cut pieces specifically to form a desired design. Like the patchwork cat.
These days I have changed my method to some sort of perpetual template set. There are two reasons for this. It helps me use what I already have, and at this point, use it up.
And there is a logical relationship between all the pieces that helps me create the meaning, the story. In a new an exciting way. With what I want to call language or story blocks.
Like this. Where stuff fits together but is not necessarily a planned meeting ahead of time. A component system based on what's on hand and what's in my mind. I think this might work as a design system based on potential and not of expectation.
Note to self: Method is just the way that works best for your going. At the moment.
( The method of piecing here is my Paperless Piecing method, listed in the sidebar under the Feel Free index. I will be adding this post as a reference on that page.)