Monday, November 23, 2015

Making Visual Choices

Similar Colors Associate

Because they are reds, all the reds in this quilt connect and form a ribbon.

If some of the reds become greens, the greens connect and disassociate themselves from the reds. They make a strong pinwheel in the center of the quilt.

This time there are four ribbons - blue, purple, red and green. Each ribbon is made from a variety of similar colors. The pinwheel at the center is no longer as strong as it once was.

The lesson is simple - birds of a feather flock together. Similar colors have a strong attraction to one another. They tend to associate and form a unified whole.

You can use this tendency to associate and control the shapes of the design in your quilts.


On a slightly different but related note - I made the middle one.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mix & Match # 5

Jacob's Ladder
& Ohio Star
Ohio Star on the left and Jacob's Ladder on the right are two very traditional blocks that anybody can easily make.

Anybody means you.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Making Visual Choices

Similar Shapes Associate

The circles in this illustration, because they are all the same shape, form a bond with each other. They seem to form a V shape.

Similarly the squares form an upside down V.

What at first is just a collection of circles and squares takes on larger structures because our minds associate similar things with each other.

The result is to give a certain amount of unity to the design.

If you find a quilt getting cluttered or confusing, you might want to try giving it structure and unity by using similar shapes to pull it together.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mix & Match #4

Flying Shuttles
& Shoo Fly

What if I cut these two blocks into quarters and the use pieces of each to make two new blocks?

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Making Visual Choices

Use Contrast In Size
To Focus Attention

You looked at each of the small Sawtooth Stars. I know you did.

But you didn't look at each of the large stars. You noticed some are dark blue and some are light blue. But there are too many and they are too much the same for you to spend time with each one individually.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Making Visual Choices

Use Sashing 
To Define Shapes

The design on the left is confusing. Everything runs together. You can focus on little bits here and there but it's hard to get an overall picture.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Making Visual Choices

Vary Techniques
To Create Interest
This quilt design calls for 5 Ohio Star blocks to be pieced and then outlined several times with heavy stitching. In addition 4 Ohio Star blocks are stitched between the pieced  blocks. The background would then be quilted with a textural design.

Using piecing, and stitching make this more interesting than of it were simply 9 pieced blocks.

Piecing, embroidery, applique, embellishing and quilting are just a few of the techniques you can combine to make your quilts more exciting.