So first I chose a quilt block. This free class from Craftsy has some good blocks. I chose June: Y-seam construction, Lemoyne star. It has lots of interesting angles that I hope will make interesting shapes. I made the first units, I sewed 2.5" strips together then cut on 45% angle to make the parallelograms that will be sewn into diamonds. I then played with a few combinations:
Here is the original block on my design wall in a couple of colour ways. Beautiful as this is I want to see what I can create by messing around with it.
I quickly brainstormed a list, I called it 'abstraction of a quilt block' quite a grand title, whatever, it will do. I came up with:
Alterations- rearrange existing elements, alterations, gradually make more altered blocks, blocks in blocks, inversions. These two blocks I've just rearranged the existing elements.
No block format - exploded elements
Block partially obscured
Repetition of elements, new elements made
This last picture is a bit mad, I will definitely not be making something this busy, but it is useful to look at a whole new combination of elements like this. I kept the star and accidentally made some tumbling blocks on the left.
I have a few other ideas:
Use of patterned fabric- big patterns like bold stripes can alter design, quilted designs
Change of scale
Negative space around block
Layering over block - stamp over block, thread embellishment, applique, tulle and other fabrics, feature quilting
I am not mad about the things I have tried so far. I need to alter it more radically, get further away from the block format and I think I need to introduce some different sized units as it is just too regular as it is. So next time, change of scale and negative space. Back to the design wall, not the drawing board.
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