Shape was actually our topic for April but I am just catching up after such a busy year so far.
When a line joins itself it becomes a shape. Shapes can be geometric or organic and they are everywhere around us. Leaves, rocks, windows, phones or even buildings are all shapes.
Shape when repeated becomes a pattern but can look static if repeated at the same size in an art quilt.
Various sizes create interest.
At first I fused many little fabric squares that looked like water in a geometric pattern.
Although I really liked the shapes I couldn't get it to work with my more organic type underwater theme.
I've been meaning to do some strip piecing for a while so I chose many blue and green fabrics that could be interpreted as water and pieced them together.
Then I cut three gentle curves horizontally through the stripes which formed shapes from the striped fabric. I restitched the fabric strips together in a different order to create interest and slight tension.
I was so involved with the process that I forgot to take any progress photos.
My theme in Art Quilters this year is Underwater, so I added some fish onto the background.
When you fuse shapes onto piecing it often forms little ridges and so I put a little bit of felt behind each fish and it gave them a rounder shape.
I discovered that there is a reason I do so much applique work, I find piecing quite tedious and I really hated pressing all those seams.
Bye for now,