“Everybody at the party is a many-sided polygon.” -They Might Be Giants.
In the movies, the high-school and college party is always portrayed in a series of escalating events that build from one chaotic mishap to another. In the wake of these chaotic moments, the heroine is the one most often left a pariah, an exile of the social pecking order. From this lowly place, she will learn, grow, and eventually emerge victorious like a phoenix from the ashes of her tragedy.
When things around you seem chaotic, it’s soothing to be able to harness your power and create a bit of harmony. There is something liberating about creating order from chaos. In that vein, here’s a sampling of the polygon party created by our contributors who so aptly harnessed the power of the polygon in intriguing and innovative ways.
Piece by Piece by Lenny van Eijk @modernstitchwitch
Piece by Piecewas loosely inspired by the work of Lyobov Popova (1889-1924), a Russian avant-garde artist. The way color has been used creates depth and makes the polygons look as though they are slowly floating through space.
Force of Nature by Beth Houck Shutty @blue_dragonfly5
Designed on EQ8 and wedge foundation paper pieced,Force of Nature is a mix of lightning, erupting lava against a night sky, and mountains. This quilt is filled with movement. The sharp edges create an abrupt, yet powerful feeling.
Zellige by Amanda T. Wrobel @ACozyQuilt
Wrobel was inspired by Moroccan mosaic tilework when she created this quilt. She used theMarrakech Magic Star pattern by Teresa Down Under, reduced in size. The uniformity and repetition of these polygons is centering.
Pentagonia by Hannah Haberkern @verdigrissesewing
This quilt is the perfect piece for autumn: scattered petals, faded and blowing with the breeze. The subtle shift in background color as well as the points of the pentagons going in different directions keep the eye roaming over the quilt. There is something interesting to look at at every twist and turn.
Stone Cells by Petra Kolkhof @sewingp
Inspiration for this quilt comes from the gritty texture on the skin of pears called stone cells. Stone cells strengthen and support the soft insides of the pear. This is what stone cells look like under a microscope. Stone Cells was hand-appliqued and machine quilted. Kolkhof says about this quilt, “There’s so much inspiration and beauty in science and nature.”
You can find these mini quilts and more inCurated Quilts, Issue No. 17: Polygon. Purchase your copy today!
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By Brittany Bowen Burton