My mom likes to make a quilt for each grandchild. As we were sweating over what design to go with and our--ok, my--ingracious inability to get enthused about the traditional quilty patterns was probably getting on her nerves, I had an idea.
I took out some prints I'd gotten in Paris almost ten years ago. They're by the artist Gabriel Orozco, for a project he did with the agnes b. gallery. They're just newsprint, originally free editions, but I suspect their fragility and initial cheapness has made them kind of rare now.
Anyway, Orozco filled each side of a little folio with twice the number of rectangles as the previous side, a simple mathematical progression that created wonderful graphic results.
My mom took the concept and ran with it, incorporating a few striped pieces [probably because she was skeptical of the all solid idea], and putting a Paul Smith-lookin' border on it.
The grid turned out really well, both to make, and as a finished quilt. And after seeing those Orozco prints out again, we decided to have them conserved and framed for the nursery. Cost a freakin' fortune, but then again, they WERE free.
As for my mom, it's probably more than worth it for her to be able to tell me she told me so after putting up with many years of my snobby disdain for all the rather awesome craft traditions she has been into for so long. Thanks, Mom.
a couple more detail shots in my Mom's grid quilt photoset on flickr [flickr]