Thanks to all who shared their stories of money stashed in books, yarn balls, and (gasp) hubcaps. I've gotten some amazing emails this week! Kinda made me go back and look through some of my older weaving books to make sure there were no treasures hidden there. Nope, no currency, but I did find an old advertisement for Quilx.
Back up a few years, to the late 1980's, when I got my first Apple computer. Remember when computers came with Basic built in? The common wisdom was that you had to learn how to program in Basic if you were to use the full capabilities of your home computer. I learned Basic, and started writing some cute graphics routines. One in particular was a group of square modules that could be rotated randomly in any of four directions and assembled into a matrix to form quilt-like patterns. I called it Quilx and marketed it as a quilt design program via ads placed in quilting magazines. I actually sold several dozen copies.
I don't know if anyone ever made a whole quilt using Quilx; I rather doubt it. But I continued to use the concept of randomly rotated modules in my weaving design, and actually wove several pieces with randomly rotated quarter circles in overshot. An article for Weaver's ensued; the article is included in the compendium The Best of Weaver's: Overshot is Hot!.
Here's a table mat from the group of samples I wove for the article. This sample never made it into print, so I present it here for your entertainment. Quilx lives!
Maybe this weekend I'll go through the rest of my weaving books. Who knows what I'll find?