Friday, 21 February 2014

Black and white layouts - playing around

I showed this piece in a post last week and said when it was finished (there is about twice as much still to quilt) I would cut it up and applique it.  I have some hand-dyed charcoal material for the background which I will quilt in black - probably in pebble or some other overall pattern.Quite a few visitors were very curious to see how I chop it up. Well, so am I!!

I got out some black and white paper and started playing with layouts. For the next few posts I'll show you some of the ideas I have come up with - although I haven't yet decided which - if any - of them I will use. Today's layout is mostly squares, starting with just a few...

These just landed on the paper like that as I was cutting... so I added a frame...

but it is very basic, so I added more squares...

again framed, playing with strips of different thickness...

felt it still needed more squares...

more or less happy with those square, so now trying out different frames. Elements to play with are thickness of strips, weight given on each side by thickness/number of strips and the negative space between strips.

I'm not quite sure about the thick strip on the base...

and then if you turn it on it's side the whole thing looks different again...

These are just ideas. What is black might become white and vice-verse. The only reason it is this why around is because I have bigger sheets of white paper than black!

Thanks for dropping by...

Hilary Florence

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  1. The black and white is so artistic - and your machine stitching is something I have never seen. I could learn a lot from you!

  2. Thank you, this was so interesting. I'll come back to see more later.

  3. I really like your experiments with lines and squares. I am working out a grid idea for a piece, and your playing with weight, size and shape has given me more to think about! :-)

  4. That was fun. I want more. I called my husband the engineer in to comment on the designs. He likes symmetry I like whimsy we both preferred the middle one. I like the overlap both top and side. I like it a lot. Thanks for another chance to define what I like.
    LeeAnna Paylor

  5. These are terrific designs! I can't wait to see what you do with the quilted pieces cut up. I'm sure it will be stunning.

  6. Thank you for sharing your process. It's both fascinating and informative. Oh, and in case I forget, it's also inspiring. You're making me want to grab some paper and play.

  7. I love this glimpse into your design process, and can't wait to see it all in fabric. The different paper arrangements are fascinating, and I really can't pick just one that I like best!