Saturday, September 1, 2012

"Made" Fabric

We all create rules when we make our quilts. For me with the Black Box, I wanted to keep the background brown vertical.

But with the arc of the OUT OF THE BOX, keeping the rest of the background perfectly vertical posed some serious challenges.

Trying to keep the stripes vertical around the points of the gold points was a real struggle.

It also generated a lot of oddly shaped bits that collected in a big pile on my worktable.  I always try to look at things that are giving me trouble and ask a question.  "How can I use these?" "What color should I use to make this element really POP?" I find if I ask questions, I am more likely to figure out a solution.

So the other night I looked at all those bits sitting around and I wondered if they'd look interesting all sewn together every which way.

After all, the whole point of "thinking out of the box" is to use something in a different way.  Why, in a quilt all about breaking out, was I so focused on keeping the pattern perfectly vertical?  Once I was able to form that question, the answer was obvious.  There was no good reason to do so, but breaking the concept of vertical seemed perfect around the exploding arc of the OUT OF THE BOX letters.
 It didn't take long to assemble the little bits into something very interesting.

I really like the way this looks, and I'm going to have some fun with this.


sewyouquilt2 said...

looking good. it is fun to play and be creative

Yvonne said...

I'm loving that!

The Selvage Fairy said...

I think it's the word "background". We tend to think of the elements of a design sitting on the background like on a table or a wall.
But if an explosion in the design disrupts the background too, that gives a whole new dimension to the piece.

Heidi said...

this looks awesome

Judy in Michigan said...

Of course! Why didn't you think of that earlier? LOL What a good idea. The "new" fabric is wonderful!!!

Dolly said...

That's about the coolest thing you've done ARE thinking WAY outside of the box !

Quiltdivajulie said...

Wahoooooooooo! Love it!!

Kathy said...

thank goodness, rules are made to be broken. NIfty and soooo interesting.