I was excited to get Maria Shell’s book Improv Patchwork a while back, because I’m an admirer of her quilts. (This picture of the book is from her website, where you can order an autographed copy of the book.)
I first encountered her work when I saw this quilt:
The quilt above appeals to me because I am OVER all the plus quilts that have been everywhere for years now, and Maria’s quilt is a fun allusion to the plus sign without being the same-old-same-old.
I read Maria’s book as soon as it arrived, She has lots of suggestions, including making strip sets and cutting without rulers. Just for starters I made a strip set.
I based the arrangement of strip sizes on the first few bars in the bar code for the word “quilt”. Yes, I’ve done something similar in the past when I used a QR code from Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest’s condom campaign to make this quilt. This time, with the bar code, I didn’t even try to get the whole code in, or to make it scan.
To be continued…