RICH COLORS ARE SO APPEALING IN THIS SIMPLE QUILT, IT’S QUICK, EASY AND LEFTOVERS CAN GO INTO A CANDLE MAT! Creamy checkerboard strips twist their way through this simple and appealing quilt. Low-contrast prints add texture and allow the colors to shine. The quilt is super simple to make. Simply create strips sets to cut apart and stitch into blocks. It’s so easy that even beginners may be tempted to make more than one. Choose a pretty combination of colors for your version. Whether you prefer bright and bold, rich and subdued or anything in between you’re sure to create a delightful finished quilt. The pattern, from Kim Diehl, produces a 60 1/2″ x 60 1/2″ quilt. Add more blocks for a larger quilt. Leftover strip-set bits can be made into the bonus table mat that’s 20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″.
The patchwork technique appeared very early6, as the images reflected on the walls of the pyramids, through the drawings of the pharaohs’ garments. In Europe during the Middle Ages, clothing was made from fabric scraps to be used as protection under iron armor. At that time patchwork quilts were also made for heating, and this work was utilitarian, later becoming handicrafts, and today there are those who consider it an art. It was a technique developed by women, at a time when they were discriminated against and prevented from participating more in political and social life. It was observed that their patterns ended up reflecting desires, feelings, and even political positions, which were restricted to these manifestations.
Going back to the time of the present experiment, we start from the idea that patchwork is being able to be developed by women from a Village because it is capturing an aesthetic of its own, common to all of them, like a reserve in potency that, when identified, mirrored in a work of art, can gain movement. As we observed above, when we call the patchwork work “art”, we want to refer to the meaning given by Foucault, of art as a way of existence, of invention of life possibilities, possibilities that never stop recreating themselves.
Later in this account, we will find that the patchwork event, the aesthetic experience it evoked, was able to suspend the natural attitude of judgment about the world, displacing the self from the center and steering of the knowledge process and providing a deviation, a bifurcation of existence. One of the factors that contributed to this attitude referred to the quality of attention. According to Bergson (1999), the way we will work with the additions, the way we will pay attention to life, will define the way we will subjectify. In the patchwork event it was verified that attention to the emissions of singularities can bring us closer to understanding the process that gave rise to them, and this knowledge contributes to practices of freedom and also of alternatives to combat the models of subordination. When we refer to the attention to singularities, we are highlighting the fact that each individual seam was presented to the group, which, through the collective look, gave visibility to the differences. And what is the patchwork sewing process like?
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