Color My World

Color My World 27" x 20"

Color My World 27" x 20"

You might recognize this piece from an earlier post. In November I was playing with making small compositions and turning them into coasters when I suddenly these blocks leapt onto the design wall and demanded to be turned into a quilt! I’ve used this technique several times, so I guess it’s turned into a new series while I wasn’t looking–I’ll have to decide what to call it. This is the fifth piece in the series.

Color My World is mounted on stretcher bars with a dark purple background. I had fun piecing the blocks out of scraps left over from other projects–each one is individual. I liked the blue batik I used for the block backgrounds because it reminded me of the water on the globe.

Color My World detail

Color My World detail

I decided I wanted to try some different quilting motifs on this piece because I had made the little block compositions that draw the viewer in for a closer look. There are wild suns and spiky spirals and smooth spirals with stippling around them if you look closely!

One of my goals for the year is to spend more time mixing quilting motifs in my quilts. I read an analysis somewhere that good art can be appreciated on at least two levels. It’s interesting from far away and gives the viewer a reward for looking at it closeup as well. So it’s important to focus on composition, color, balance in the larger picture and add interesting details for more intimate viewing.

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