Wacky Quilters Today

Yes, I know, the group is really the Knot Even Quilters, but I still think of our beginnings when we were a tiny group doing wacky work! Not many people in the area were interested in art quilts, so we were really the oddballs. I’m not saying that we aren’t still oddballs, but there is a lot more interest in art quilting now.

We have been trying to inform ourselves of design principles and apply them to our work. Today we did a black and white exercise, to use just those colors, mostly lines, some shapes and curves and make designs. No color distractions.

I didn’t take pictures of everyone’s finished projects…just a couple, but I love the exercise!

B:W play1

B:W play2

So I took my black and white as far as I could…at least as far as I had fabric cut for! I happened to have 8 fat eighths of white, and I decided to just make them all up with black.

B:W play3

As I was making them, I decided that it was an 8 Day Week, either a series of little pieces or a set of ‘blocks’ for a larger piece. I’m fantasizing about what else I might want to do with them. Like screen print a design or pattern over the top of each one, in a single color or a different color for each one. Or add an identical ‘something’ to each one, maybe a fancy bead or a colored shape or perhaps the same type of stitching…for a simple little design exercise, this has given me a wealth of ideas.

It was a happy wacky quilters day!

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    • We were using ideas from Katie Pasquini-Masopust’s book Color and Composition for the Creative Quilter, so if you have a copy of it, that will help guide your fun! Theoretically it was supposed to improve my composition skills, but I think I just skimmed that chapter in favor of just going for it!!!!

      On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM, Quirks Ltd.

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    • We were using ideas from Katie Pasquini-Masopust’s book Color and Composition for the Creative Quilter, though I have seen this exercise in other places. It’s fun, easy and you can come up with some interesting designs.

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