When I journal, I prefer graph paper and Pilot G-2 (10) pens. I usually write in cursive, because it's like a secret code my modern children will never be able to crack. Cursive also feels subversive. That and writing words out completely. Now, I'm just sounding like an old person. Anyway, graph paper is where you figure things out. In my journal, it's whatever is going on in my life. In a more traditional context, it's math problems, comparative graphs, and informative charts.
Quilts are often based on grids, and in the fine art world, Piet Mondrian would argue that the grid is a manifestation of equality. There is no hierarchy between foreground and background. With this quilt, I wanted to play with these concepts and see what would happen if I dyed grids and then pieced them together improvisationally. I chose blue dyes to refer to the traditionally blue of graph paper, and the triangles are interruptions. Maybe they are the pieces of the problem being solved? In my original design I included X's appliqued to the squares, but I abandoned this plan. It didn't seem right. I think I like the openness of the grid.
It was a fun project, and it has inspired more ideas for future quilts and other projects. Below are some pictures of the process!
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.