Sunday, February 27, 2011


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A tribute to the unique and long established art form of patchwork quilting, this abstract animated film uses computer and experimental techniques to choreograph quilt motifs and designs to music.

How amazing that Gayle Thomas made this patchwork quilting film in 1996 when computers and films weren't what they are today!

Glorious imagery of beautiful patchwork blocks assemble and dissemble to toe tapping get your day going and keep the winter snow and winds away!!! And you don't even need to speak or read French!

And hey! Let's call this our own Academy Awards! Which quilt block was the most memorable in its category for you? ;)

To watch the animated film: Courtepointe

If you leave a comment try to name ONE block you recognized.... and it can't have been listed already by another poster ;)


  1. Anonymous7:59 AM

    That was so cool and it actually made me want to sew..log cabins!..Marcia

  2. Wow, I wonder what program she used to do that, I would love to make other designs from one we already use. Got really excited when I seen the pineapple block in there, but she didn't do much with that one.

  3. I think this is awesome! I have used the pinwheel pattern quite often. It's one of my favorites.

  4. Anonymous6:21 PM

    I didn't know what to expect but I really loved this. Really neat how she did all of that. Thanks for sharing.

  5. those are sooooo cool!! Love the way the color moves...and I have no idea the anme of any of!!

  6. Marcia already said log cabins, but there were so many of them. I liked the green ones at about 6:25.

  7. These are beautiful Michele- I love their complexity but would not have the patience to create them.
    I think the purple one should be called Whirling and Twirling Pinwheel.
    The one block reminds me of Pac Man or Moon Phased.
    The last one looks like a puzzle quilt.
    They all are gorgeous intricate pieces.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. I see drunkards path.

  9. One has to wonder what an up-to-date version of this film would be like. I must admit that I was attracted to the animated treatment of the 60º-120º diamond for stars and Tumbling Blocks.

  10. How pretty...I like the drunkard's pathway variation blocks!


Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.