Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Design Elements-Shape

This year the Waverley Art Quilters are studying the Elements of Design using the Sandra Meech book called Connecting Design to Stitch.

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.

Geometric shape

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,


jude's page said...

Love your design idea, looks great.

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Judy, it was a good feeling to catch up with my art quilters homework