Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Most of my issues with finishing the Black Box quilt center around how to make the transition from the light of the exploding letters to the dark of the background.

If I made a trip-around-the-world kind of gradation, it would be unlike anything else in the quilt, and I don't want to distract viewers that much.  These areas (above the arc of OUT OF THE BOX) and on either side of the black box itself are (design-wise) subservient to the other elements.

I originally envisioned the quilt as a black box, almost in a kind of spotlight, with bright letters popping out of it, and I envisioned the background as dark.  Since the box is black, and the background is very dark, I had to find a way to separate the two. And I always imagined the box as a floating box. It does NOT sit on a table.
I think I'm happy with these "dresden plate" wedges that surround the box, although they won't be made of only one fabric. I like the way they complete the circle of the silver and white arc above the box, but I am not sure I want that white circle around the box to be SO big. As usual, when I'm not sure, I move to another part of the quilt (the confetti).  I had always planned to make a better box, with more "elegant" fabrics and flaps that aren't so rigid, and I know I need to bring the "confetti" down to the very bottom of the quilt.  Maybe there will be a heap of it on the bottom. Who knows?

As far as extra "goodies" more asterisk flowers (with dark backgrounds) or some of my butterflies? I don't know. Maybe, maybe not. We'll see. As you all know, Quilts usually tell you what they want, and it's our job to listen.

By the way, if you click the bottom picture a separate window will open and you can see the whole thing. It's right side is slightly chopped off here. (I've modified the template so you can see the entire photo.)


Judy in Michigan said...

I think I mentioned the table but I see where you are going now. I really like the confetti and the dresden blades are a good transition. It just gets better and better each day!

Exuberant Color said...

You can widen the viewing area on your blog under Templae, and customize.

Darling Millie said...

Wanda, That option isn't available on the template I am using. Which isn't to say I might change templates, but not today. Thanks!

Monty Q. Kat said...

I still like the idea I sent you with the thought bubble. So does Theo. See, two votes! ;)

Quilter Kathy said...

All I have to say are so brave!!

Clare said...

Lynne - turn off the Light Box element then we can see the photos in their true size when we click on them.

Click on Design/Settings/Posts and Comments and click "no" under "Showcase images with Lightbox".