Art Quilt: Check All Boxes

Following my art quilt, Redacted, this next one contains some of its pieces. The catalyst was the letterpress printing from wood type on black cotton; I had a few "pages" left over and cut them into squares. But what form would they take? I thought again of boxes and the traditional pattern of tumbling blocks. The traditional pattern was slightly different, with parallelograms instead of squares. Could I do that with this? Precision is not my middle name. It was a terrific (and I use that adjective because it is close to, but just misses, "terrible") sewing challenge for me, and I learned a lot.

A few ideas converged. From proving you are not a robot ("select all boxes with traffic lights," for example) to choosing a mate ("he/she/they checked all the boxes") to searching the former president's residence – you gotta check all boxes. The printed type originally said four words: confidential, classified, secret, and sensitive.

Check All Boxes
28"w x 23"h (56 cm x 59.7 cm)
hand-dyed cotton; letterpress printing from wood type and linocuts on cotton; Japanese cotton; hand and machine quilted


Hand-stitched a little here and there to denote interiors of the boxes.

Free-motion quilting says "check all boxes" with a box and hand sewn X.
Scribbled out words are the same as the printed ones, just oversewn.


In and out and on and on we go.



Forgot to post this photo of a version of the tumbling blocks I recently saw painted on some barriers on Main Street in Santa Monica.


Liz A said…
the boxed X and the white grid ... I couldn't help but think of tic-tac-toe ... and then there's this, the sense of feeling boxed in by the times, the "idiot box" (my dad's preferred epithet) endlessly spewing bad news

I do love the thought tangents your quilts inspire ... thank you as always for sharing them here
Alisa said…
Liz A. tic-tac-toe does come into play. Life sometimes feels like a cat's game. Thanks, as always, for your comments.
Kathleen Loomis said…
I like the way you have done the tumbling blocks kind of loose, not worrying about matching the points. That's a pattern that has traditionally been a favorite of the quilt police, but it looks so much more energetic and contemporary this way! I never thought of this pattern as one conducive to improvisation, but I guess I was wrong.

And your type looks perfect.
Alisa said…
Thanks so much, Kathleen!
Zona said…
I love how you continue to combine your text with whatever medium you choose!
Alisa said…
Thanks, Zona! And if it isn't actually visible, it is behind the scenes. : )