Research wall, design wall, research board, ideation wall, inspiration board, moodboard, pinboard — Working walls are known by countless names. Underlying them all is a single idea: that , and surrounding ourselves with them, can help us to rearrange concepts and unlock breakthrough insights.If you are thinking of putting up a design wall and aren't sure of the value, perhaps this article will sway you. It made me smile because of how I already know most of this because I am a quilter.
But back to my design wall ... if you are curious about the paper pieced scrap blocks on the left, I blogged about them yesterday. I like leaving them up there to jiggle my subconscious to think about setting ideas and to remind me to make more.
The six double chevron blocks are the January choice for the block lotto. There are several ways to make chevron or zig-zag quilts. I decided upon this one, using half-square triangle units and sharing the 8-at-once method for making them–perfect for this block because you need 8 units to make a block.
These blocks are 7 by 14-inches (finished size). You can find the print friendly directions: Double Chevron Block Pattern.
For the Block Lotto, we're making them in purple, chocolate or light-to-medium gray, combined with white. This color combination happened when I was playing with colored pencils and paper out and was designing the blocks for this year's Block Lotto. I happened to use a dark brown, light gray and purple pencil to color in three blocks (though not this particular one) and liked it.
If you like it and want to make blocks for the lotto this month, you'll find the guidelines here:
2014 Begins with Double Chevrons
It's funny how it's so easy for me to come up with the blocks we use for the Block Lotto and much more challenging to pick new/interesting color combinations. If you have great color ideas, be sure to check out the Block Lotto–I'm asking for help with color ideas (and something else) and there will be a very colorful giveaway.