A new gadget to take up all my time has been discovered. Do you like this photo of the gallardia from our garden? Want to make a quilt of it? No problem! Karyn at Make Something posted about the Patchwork Pattern Maker that's available online as part of the Quilt Exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum. It's wickedly addictive. You can look through the gallery to see the types of images that people have used to generate patterns - really interesting! You just upload a photo 2MB or smaller and it spits out a pixillated grid of squares and triangles. It shows you the number of colours to get and provides a placement grid, like counted cross-stitch, but for patchwork. You can choose three levels of complexity - more complexity gives you more colours (up to 20) and more patchwork pieces. The ones here are on the highest level. (Click through to Flickr and see them in a larger size.) There are options for square, landscape or portrait orientation. These lupins are in the portrait orientation. I wondered what this snap of a mass of blooms would look like. It's a bit harder to view the flowers than the single blooms in the other patterns, but I like the abstract quality that it gives - the flowers are more suggested than represented. I think it might be fun to make one of these in 1" squares - it wouldn't be very big, around 30 - 36" or so. Imagine, you could make one of your home or cottage, or even your dog or another loved one! Mine are all flowers so far, but the possibilities are endless! What do you think? Would you make a quilt like this? Go and make some patterns and show me! Maybe we can do a quiltalong!