As anyone can see from my websites, I like to make a wide variety of contemporary art quilts. I like geometrics, mosaics, curved abstract piecing, landscapes, circle designs, stars, suns, and have begun to dabble in poppies. Making art quilts with curved piecing is more challenging so often after a few quilts with lots of curves or complex piecing, I like to let my mind return to the geometrics.
The two geometric art quilts are shown in photos with this blog. Both used about 15-20 different fabrics in a group of coordinating colors. In each quilt I constructed curving line pieces out of two colors and another group of pieces with alternating strips out of two colors but all other pieces were single fabrics.
I cut a variety of sizes of rectangles, three of each color. Most of the piecing is straight edges but you can see a few curved piecing sections which give the art quilts just a bit more character…something unexpected!
I create these designs on my flannel design wall. I start without any plan in mind. I place three pieces of one fabric (or pieced pieces) on the board, then three more, then three more, filling in and creating a collage of fabrics and colors. I place the pieces in different directions. There is some sizing of pieces along the way as the pieces begin to create a quilt that fits together. On the black and white quilt I also added dark red pieces as color accents.
Once the pieces are on the design wall and I like the composition, then I begin the problem solving task of figuring out how to sew them together. For the quilt to be aesthetically pleasing, I have found that using three of each color is a good way to give the design balance, interest, and enhance creativity.