I have a few favorite quilting blogs that I like to follow because they are entertaining and they inspire me to be more creative and to try new things. These are usually artists who do not use mainstream patterns or the latest and greatest fabrics from popular manufactures. They are not afraid to use vibrant colors or to try something new. Their art is 100% original and I love that.
Recently one of my favorite quilt designers posted something that I thought was brilliant!
She made a quilt from a QR code. For those readers who don’t know what a QR code is, Wikipedia describes it as this: “…machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached”
I’m pretty sure everyone has seen one before, they look like this:
This one happens to be from Wikipedia. You can take your phone or tablet, scan the code and it will provide you with a website and/or information.
Mary from Zippy Quilts used a QR code to make a quilt! It’s not just a random code though, It’s a code that held meaning for her and it has the potential to save lives.
Mary use to work in the field of public health, helping individuals who were dealing with problems that could have been prevented by the proper use of condoms. Since this topic held a lot of meaning for her, she decided to make a quilt with a QR code that held relevance to the concern. After some research she found that the Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands had a QR code that, when scanned, would connect people to the website “Where did you wear it?”
After receiving permission from Planned Parenthood, Mary took the initiative and designed a quilt that is a huge QR code and yes it can be scanned. I know because I scanned her quilt on my tablet and within seconds I was on the “Where did you wear it?” website.
When the quilt was complete, she showed it to the people at work, she took it to quilt shows and quilting guilds. She shared her work and she talked about a topic that is still taboo in many communities in this day and age. Kudos to Mary!!
Eventually the quilt was donated to Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest and apparently it was quite a hot topic there too.
When Mary blogged about this quilt last week, I was reminded of two important things. The first is that as quilters it’s a really good idea to stretch ourselves and our quilt making skills to do something different, something unique. I know first hand how easy it is to get stuck in a rut, making standard 12” blocks with sashing connecting them.
The second thing that Mary reminded me of, is the importance of community. Our quilts have the potential to connect us with others. We can add a message to them as Mary did, then share the message with all who will listen. We can donate them to a charity and help someone else in need. We can make quilts and give them to a homeless person who might have nothing but what is on their backs. As quilters, we are creators and all creators have the potential to change lives. Mary has inspired me to do this and I hope she has inspired you too.
Thank you Mary,