Pixel quilts are all over. There are some amazing ones I've seen on Flickr. I personally love designing with small squares. I am constantly amazed at the patterns that can be developed from arranging these tiny squares precisely.
One of my favorite pieces of art has always been A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by George Seurat. When I was 12, I was able to see it in the museum while visiting my aunt's family. I really have no idea why, as a 12-year-old kid from a rural town, I was so in love with this painting, but I was. I was so excited when I learned it was at the museum. I bought a poster from the museum gift shop which I hung in my room, even through college. I admit to knowing very little about art/art history. I just think this is an interesting, unique painting. What I love most about it is Seurat's technique of Pointillism. I love that this work is made of dots.
Perhaps my love of this painting has led to my desire to create quilts from tiny squares. A friend has told me several times, I have a sickness--particularly when I talk about even more projects with small squares.
I have officially started a new pixel quilt. This time I'm using 1.5" squares (1" finished). It probably is a sickness. Rather than hosting a QAL series, I plan to document my creative process in a series of posts here on the blog. I think pixel quilts lend themselves to a lot of creativity. The design is completely up to you. There are no pre-designed blocks to determine the outcome.
You could place the squares on point as in my Color Quilt. You could choose to make the squares a touch larger. These are 2" finished. You could use solids or prints. You could design your quilt free-hand as I did or use an image converted to a pattern (I've never done this, but there are some very cool ones out there). There are so many options to making your pixel quilt unique.
Inspiration can be found anywhere. If you are considering doing a pixel quilt, start looking for ideas. I'm not talking about in other quilts. Look at photographs, your surroundings, nature, etc. Look at color and placement. Get ideas from your life. My brain started working on the idea of a new pixel quilt when I came across this photo on Pinterest. I love this image and knew it needed to become a quilt. For me there was something very fun about the bright colored bricks against the neutral background. My quilt will look nothing like this image when I'm done, but it was a perfect starting point.
|Source: Ann Cantelow's Photo of the Dav via Pinterest|
After thinking this project through for quite a while, I translated that image into a quilt idea. Most of my quilt ideas don't happen overnight. I honestly think about it for months. I created a rough design in Photoshop. This is not a pattern, but simply a sketch to remind me of color placement as I create the blocks. I wanted the majority of the color to fall in the lower right of the quilt. I originally planned to make (9) 12-in blocks. I have created two blocks so far, and plans have changed. I'll share more about that as I continue to write posts about this project.