In Familiar Blocks
Too often we look at a familiar block and take it at face value. We don't look for its hidden depths. Which is too bad. Because there is more to most blocks than what you see at first glance.
When we join them together and color the negative space between them, something wonderful happens. The familiar blocks disappear and the negative space takes over.
Again we'll look for shapes that form in the background and color these so that they stand out.
We are looking at the background shapes in each block and trying to see what kind of design we can create by joining them together.
This time the Friendship Star remains as an important part of the design but the Shoo Fly blocks disappear.
Go back to the quilt design at the begining of this post and see if you can find the Shoo Fly, Friendship Star, Nine Patch and Snowball blocks in it. Notice the shapes that are created by coloring the negative spaces between these blocks.
We normally ignore the backgound in blocks. But there are shapes hidden in the background; negative shapes that we can use to create interesting and surprising designs. When those negative shapes are highlighted they become the foreground and familiar blocks take on a whole new look.