Martha Stewart Living, January 2011
To make a 12-inch square, begin with a 4-inch square, then sew 2 1/2-inch-wide and 3-inch-wide strips in concentric squares around it. For the most dramatic effect, leave the frames glass-free.
Silk taffeta, graylinelinen.com
Modern white frame, 12 inches square, aifriedman.com
These striking silk-taffeta squares are like a deconstructed quilt. They are also an exploration of color, inspired by the work of Bauhaus designer and 20th-century abstract artist Josef Albers.
There are only a few shades of yellow and gray here, but so many varying effects (especially since a lustrous fabric like this has a different appearance depending on the angle). This project is perfect for beginners.