Creating moving shapes

If ever there was doubt that I am a process person (there wasn’t), it would have been erased this month. In the MasterClass, it was time to submit a blocked out design. I’d experimented and failed and was ready to chop the piece into smaller pieces and make a scrap quilt from them after it got its comments. Even though this experiment had failed, I felt I’d learned plenty from the discussions and the trying, was ready figuratively to crumble the paper and throw it into the trash.

Motion sketchLet’s back track. First the sketch. It began to show motion, but the lines stopped it, and the lines and shapes were unrelated. It sat, glaring at me, till  duh-piphany. Make the opening bigger so the shape can fall through. Led to ‘fall through the cracks.’ Led to ‘hole in the net.’ Cheers for stream of consciousness. All this led to a new sketch and a new goal. Could I show motion straight down instead of lateral or top to bottom on the page?

Led to this sketch. Sketch 2

The dark circle was supposed to retreat beneath the light circle around it. I needed to fill space so enlarged the larger circle to an oval. Uh oh. Fried egg. Silly me thought it might be less obvious in fabric.

First fabric block out

It wasn’t.

And instead of receding, the purple bounced up. I submitted it anyway, just to be finished and ready for next month’s lesson.

But like any good instructor, Elizabeth gave some suggestions and said, “Try again.”

It morphed into this:

Second blocked out design

I did give up on the downward movement (it may be possible, but not for this piece) and went for spiral. Now on to a finished product after all.

March ETA link to FlickR photo of finish. I am not usually a fan of hanging threads, but they seeemed to fit “Hole in the Safety Net.”



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13 responses to “Creating moving shapes

  1. Good for you! You are stretching in ways I’ve not even explored. That’s got to make you feel good to have such a colorful composition!

  2. dezertsuz

    Well, actually, with the decreasing size downward, I do feel a sense of downward motion, because of the perspective you managed to include. I see it as if it is a grate and some things fell through and are going down and down and down. =)

  3. Cher

    good for you to stretch and come up with progress…I think you did quite well!

  4. I enjoyed seeing the progression of your design! I did a personal study one time to see if darks on quilts made them come toward me or away and compared them to light colors. (I think I just looked at various quilts on Pinterest.) The darks always seemed to ‘pop out’ more than the lights. I’ll be curious to see if you can achieve the downward spiral.

  5. You learned a lot doing this, and I’m often surprised at what comes forward that shouldn’t according to the rules.
    LeeAnna Paylor

  6. I think you have captured the goal of the movement downward. The largest purple circle does look lower than the dark lines. And since you varied the sizes of the other circles, each one looks farther down with the smallest circle being the farthest down.

  7. Aren’t you clever! Very nice project.

  8. Very vibrant project!

  9. What a fun study – something about the piece grabs at me, too, so I call it successful whether or not you achieved what you wanted!

  10. In your final picture it seems to be receding. Great attempt and use of dimension.

  11. Nice piece! I too have struggled with darks I thought were supposed to recede and have not. I love the contrast of the purple with the mustardy yellow!

    Thanks for linking to Sew Solid Sunday!

  12. Sometimes it takes a while for an idea to grow..and then all of the sudden it happens! Frustrating sometimes, but in the end its exciting!

  13. I get a feeling of Alice Thru the Looking Glass, I think because of the size of the circles.

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