|Quilt Notes: This version of HOPSCOTCH is illustrated in Maggie Malone's 1001 PATCHWORK DESIGNS (#257), Sterling Publishing, 1982. Barbara Brackman's ENCLYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS (#1410) dates it back to issue #70 of "Quilter's Newsletter Magazine," which began publishing in 1969.|
Colors for the design can be arranged so as to "hop" a little, for example, a few very intense, the others dulled as earth colors or neutrals. To "scotch" means to score with lines, so striped fabrics and plaids work well with the idea. As most will know, "hopscotch" is a children's game, usually played by girls, where each player tosses a stone or small object into the numbered spaces of a rectangular pattern chalked or painted on the ground, and then hops or jumps into and out of the spaces to retrieve the object. (A fun introduction for a future quilt designer !!) See more on how the game is played in various countries at Wikipedia. An American version of the "hopscotch court" is illustrated left.
For more patterns at this site inspired by children's games, see:
PUSS IN THE CORNER, also MERRY GO ROUND, LEAPFROG and DOODLE-A-QUILT.
For more animated quilt designs of things that move ~ see at this site TANGRAM QUILT DESIGNS (opens in new window) and:
BUTTERFLY IN THE GARDEN
SYMMETRY IN MOTION
TOAD IN A PUDDLE