It's not to late to sign up as a test quilter for the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.
The pattern of this all linen quilt was created by chance through a random process of throwing coins as prescribed by the I Ching.
When hand-quilting I'm in the posture of prayer. My heart is bowed between head and hands. My fingers form the mudra for understanding.
Take a good look at your finished quilt top. It is an image of randomness. How does this pattern of randomness affect you?
Applied to my improvisational work, this reading tells me not to regret individual decisions and let go of expectations as I make the quilt.
Finally I've begun SEAMING my I Ching Modern Quilt columns together! Tips on pinning seams in opposite directions to reduce bulk.
Making an I Ching Modern Quilt embodies the mindful meditation practice of non-doing, non-judging, acceptance, impermanence, and non-attachment.
Be present as you iron and allow the lessons of the I Ching to settle into your being.
It was uncomfortable sewing TEN unbroken dark lines in a row. I wanted to CHEAT and control the random process, but continued with integrity!
This week we go through the complete process of sewing an I Ching modern quilt block based on asking, casting, and reading an I Ching hexagram.
In order to immerse myself in the experience of randomness I am pre-cutting all of the shapes that will be needed for my quilt.
Get out your graph paper and use your I Ching castings to decide on the form that your quilt will take. What does randomness look like?
The next step in the I Ching Modern Quilt-along is integrating your I Ching readings into your work and life.
Through synchronicity even chance events, that happen simultaneously in time and space relate to each other in the shared and present moment.
Value and intensity are two different things. Bright red has a dark value close to black, Bright yellow has the same light value as a pale blue.
The blocks of your quilt will be based on conversations with the oracle. The first step is opening to the I Ching by asking a question.
This quilt-along is designed to enhance your creative practice. It is best done along-side the creative projects you are already working on.
Identify significant questions related to your inner creativity. Decide on a translation of the I Ching that resonates clearly with you.
The I Ching reflects the universe in miniature. It is also a book of patterns. Join me in making a modern quilt based on it.
Today is a red letter day. Not only is it my birthday but I am the guest blogger on WhipUp.net. I met Kathreen when she asked me to submit a project for her book, Whip Up Mini Quilts. I decided to make a quilt based on my Passage Quilting™ process. See my guest post on Whip Up, Quilt Making Heals.
To create the sample, pictured above, for Kathreen's book, I asked my friend for two pieces of clothing that celebrated the birth of her first child and her initiation into motherhood. She gave me a sailor suit worn by her son, along with one of her favorite maternity tops.
Make your own Keepsake Quilt
Join me for a three part Mini Keepsake Quilt-along. Starting a week from today, I'll take you step by step through the improvisational process of making the sample for Kathreen's book. You can follow along using your own unique and meaningful materials.
In the meantime qualify for a chance to win a copy of Whip Up Mini Quilts by telling me about the keepsake quilt you would like to make? What life passage would it reflect? What materials would you use? Enter the giveaway by commenting on this post with your answers. You do not have to make the quilt to enter. The contest will be open through midnight on March 31st.