An Origami Crease Pattern Quilt, or Origami Quilt?

I recently came across some fantastic information on origami (paper folding) like this mind blowing talk from Robert Lang.

In it, he talks about crease patterns, which are mostly square pieces of paper with all the creases required to make an origami drawn on to it. For example, this crease pattern

songbird origami crease pattern

makes this songbird.

songbird origami

By chance, I had also come across some hip quilt patterns in that they weren’t square in their pieces, like this,

quilt pattern sample

and thought they were similar to some crease patterns.

So I put the two together and ask why can’t someone make an origami crease pattern quilt?

That is, make a quilt where the pieces are determined by an origami crease pattern, that theoretically can be folded into the origami piece? Or from the example above, pretend that crease pattern is the quilt block shown. It’d be an interesting symbolic and somewhat abstract design. You could show it with the origami it could fold into.

And if you were more ambitious, since making one if pretty ambitious, make two and actually fold one!

As for where to find crease patterns, Robert Lang has developed a ton via this link on his site. Most are pretty complex, though, and some not square, so may be not practical for all but the most advanced of quilters. Making many of his origami is a big challenge on its own just to have something to show.

These seem a bit easier, some of them.

Or just start out with something simple and popular, like

flapping crane crease pattern

that folds into this flapping crane.

flapping crane origami

Folded as shown here

Basically, imagine this bird where each block defined by all the fold is of a different fabric!

Who wants to take up the challenge? 🙂


2 thoughts on “An Origami Crease Pattern Quilt, or Origami Quilt?

  1. Hi DigitalCitizen, well life can be strange!
    I am a German Quilter and I just had the same idea just without reading your blog before but found it now.
    I was on the way looking for some ideas for my 2018 projects and found crease patterns and liked them.
    I will make four quilts during this year each time increasing the complexity. The first one is “under needle and thread” (means “under construction” 😉 ) for the moment but if you like to stay in contact I can present photos to you… maybe you are interested to share experiences…
    Regards Christine

    • Hi Christine, thank you for reaching out to me to share the fact you had the same idea! I would LOVE to see photos of your work on this idea as I am not able to do it myself, and would LOVE to see it done in real life rather than just my imagination. I will send you an email from your contact info provided. Thank you so much again and good luck! I look forward to seeing and hearing more about your efforts on this!


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