A myriad of shapes are possible simply by repeating or overlapping circles. These appealing circle patterns make great machine quilting motifs. Here are just a few ideas.
Art Concepts for Quilting
Geometric SHAPES in Quilts: Circles
In our series of Art Concepts for Quilting, we have yet to examine the geometric shape of circles. This beautiful shape has been so prominent in my recent work that I decided to write about it now.
Split Complementary Color Scheme
We continue our study of color relationships this week by looking at the split complementary color scheme.
Complementary Color Scheme
A complementary color scheme is formed by choosing two hues directly across from one another on the color wheel. The direct complement of a primary color will always be a secondary color and the direct complement of a tertiary color is another tertiary color.
Monochromatic Color Scheme
The color wheel is a vital tool for artists of all kinds – including quilters. It can be used to develop color schemes based on the relationship of colors around the wheel. This week, we will be considering the monochromatic color scheme.
Art Concepts for Quilting: BALANCE Part 2
Visual balance is attained through the distribution of visual weight. This week, we look at two more types of visual balance: crystallographic balance and asymmetrical balance.
Art Concepts for Quilting: BALANCE Part 1
What is visual balance and how can it be attained? This week we look at two types of visual balance: symmetrical balance and radial balance.
Geometric SHAPES in Quilts: Octagons
As we return to our series on Art Concepts for Quilting, we continue our look at the element of shape. This week, we turn our attention to octagons.
Even More Hexagons in Quilts
This week we discover the magic that happens when a hexagon is divided into six triangles or three diamonds.
More Hexagons in Quilts
In our study of Art Concepts for Quilting, we have been considering the element of shape. Last week, we looked at the use of hexagons in quilt design and I realized that this was a fairly extensive topic. So this week, we continue our examination of hexagons and the many creative ways they can be used […]
Geometric SHAPES in Quilts: Hexagons
After a surprisingly long hiatus, we now return to our series on Art Concepts for Quilting. The next geometric shape we’ll consider is the hexagon.
More Triangles in Quilts
The half-square triangle, or right angle triangle, may be the workhorse in traditional patchwork design but we shouldn’t overlook other types of triangles. Equilateral, scalene, acute and obtuse triangles can add drama and excitement to our quilts. I suspect some of these types of triangles are used less frequently because they are not as easy […]
Geometric SHAPES in Quilts: Triangles
After squares, triangles are easily the most used geometric shapes in patchwork quilts. More specifically, it is the right angle triangle – the half-square triangle – that quilters treasure. This particular triangle has two sides of equal length, two interior angles of 45°, and a third interior angle of 90° (the right angle). A right angle […]
More Squares and Rectangles in Quilts
I realized that my study of squares and rectangles in quilts was incomplete because my last article focused solely on traditional patchwork quilt block designs. Here are some additional examples of quilts, this time in a more contemporary or art quilt style.
Geometric SHAPES in Quilts: Squares and Rectangles
Let’s look at examples of how the element of shape is used in quilt design. We’ll begin with two similar geometric shapes: the square and the rectangle.
Art Concepts for Quilting: SHAPE
Shape is an element of design that is very familiar to quilters. Patchwork blocks are constructed from a variety of geometric shapes; appliqué patches can take on any form or shape. And of course, quilts themselves come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Art Concepts for Quilting: Introduction & Bibliography
In this new series, we will be looking at art and design principles and considering how they apply to quiltmaking. Many of us have come to quilting without an art or design background – myself included. But it’s never too late to learn! Besides, as Pablo Picasso once said, “I am always doing that which […]