This is a rough drawing (because I don't know how to do grids on my computer) of an original completed SUDOKU puzzle I created. SUDOKU puzzles (we'll use in class) contain 81 squares with numbers 1 through 9. Every vertical and horizontal line contains the numbers 1 through 9 and every 3x3 block of squares contains the numbers 1 through 9. The puzzle part comes in when they give you just a few of the numbers and you have to fill in the rest.
For me, being creative within the constraints of a SUDOKU pattern and its numbers is a fun challenge. The wheels in my brain start racing with ideas of how cleverly and creatively I can represent the numbers 1 through 9. Throw in a theme constraint (which has sent me down a lot of research trails) and it's even more fun!
From Sew to No-Sew SUDOKU Art Quilts...
As shown at the beginning of this post, my SUDOKU art quilts began as conventional sewn quilts. When creating my class for Art & Soul, I figured most folks wouldn't want to haul a sewing machine, and for many, eyes start to glaze over at the mere mention of sewing (by machine or hand), so a "No-Sew SUDOKU Art Quilt" class (using foam board) evolved. Play with COLOR, fabric, fibers, buttons, beads, and create a piece of art with the look of a quilt - and no sewing. As an artist new to sewing, it really is a LOT easier and faster!