Posts Tagged ‘design elements’

Line and Repetition

May 25, 2016

This week I started the to-be-quilted stack. I had no design plans, which means the quilts had to tell me what they wanted. The bad news is the tops refused to talk to me. The good news is my art quilt group is exploring design elements now. I decided to use line and repetition.

Echoing the edges

Echoing the edges

This quilt was easy to start, because the collage style practically screams for repetition. I did one line of beading, then a line of hand quilting. I’ll continue the process until A) I get bored out of my skull, or B) the top is too heavy to lift any more.

One fabric to hold many threads and beads

One fabric to hold many threads and beads

This quilt suggested I start with machine quilting, which is fine, but the center section didn’t want to cooperate. Luckily, I was reminded that one can combine machine- and hand-quilting. So I did. I’ll also add beads (like you thought I wouldn’t).

I recalled having layered more quilts than I actually did. I don’t enjoy layering quilts. That may explain why these tops have remained unquilted for so long. If I’m very clever, I will schedule a time to put tops together with batting and backing. Once it’s on the calendar, I’ll have a harder time ignoring the task.

Luck and wisdom!

Repetition

March 9, 2016

My Art Quilt Critique Group is discussing repetition as a design element next week. Since I was already in the midst of the Yellowstone panel project, I thought I would let it do double duty by showing theme and variation with the last two panels.

Lani Longshore Yellowstone panel

The third panel shows Old Faithful exploding against a gorgeous cloudy sky. I found a lovely sky print to repeat that element. I knew I was going to use the pink stripe, but needed to put another border around the panel first. The piece didn’t quite seem finished with the pink, so I found another stripe (which is actually a double stripe if you look closely).

Lani Longshore Yellowstone panel detail

I used the purple rickrack A) because it was there and B) because the blue and pink needed a bit more separation.

Lani Longshore Yellowstone panel window

The last panel is a lovely window scene. I adore that craftsman/prairie/wright look, and wanted to repeat it with piecing. Then I actually thought about all the piecing and said, “Self, let’s simplify.”

Lovely window to look at, not to make

Lovely window to look at, not to make

The buffalo fabric repeats the red from the lettering on the panel, and uses some of my buffalo fabric. I have several more pieces of buffalo fabric, which I have artfully arranged on the cutting table until they inspire me, along with a buffalo button and a copper buffalo pendant. You’ll see more of that collection soon, whether you want to or not.

Luck and wisdom!