Welcome back to Inspirational Sunday!
Today, I am sharing quilts in the "Use of Negative Space" category and I must say that this category is one that I don't always "get". While I recognize that each of these quilts has negative space, I don't always see that they are using it in any special way. Please tell me what you think!
First, the winner of the category, "Reflection by Nancy Purvis of Garner, North Carolina.
It was machine pieced (paper pieced) and machine quilted on a frame. I like how simple the design is and how the reflection from the center creates balance.
This quilt was for sale and sold, but I do not remember how much it sold for. I want to say $400, but that may not be accurate.
Next up is "Bullseye" by Vicki Ruebel of Las Vegas, Nevada.
It was machine pieced (improvisational piecing), and machine quilted on a frame.
I like how she echoed the shape in the quilting of the negative space. As I am learning more about longarm quilting, I am wondering how she managed to quilt this on a frame and keep the lines of quilting continuous.
The next quilt is called, "Color Study (Triangles)" by Erika Mulvenna of Chicago, Illinois.
It is machine pieced (large scale foundation piecing) and machine quilted without a frame.
I find this quilt very striking, but it is one of those quilts where I don't get how the negative space is being used in a special way. Yes, it is creating the edges of the triangles, but what else?
In "Echoes" by Leanne Chahley of Lethridge, Alberta, Canada, I can see how the negative space in the center of the blocks is echoed by the circular shapes surrounding the blocks.
It was machine pieced and machine quilted on a frame.
I also liked her choice of thread for the quilting.
I don't always like variegated thread, but I loved it on this quilt.
This next one was one of my favorites in the category. "Skylight View" by Jennifer Rossotti of Kingsburg, CA.
It was machine pieced (paper pieced) and machine quilted on a frame.
I like the way she quilted "blocks" around some of the geese, and even a phantom block of geese.
The last one for today is, "Modern Glacier" by Pamela Gavin of Bakersfield, CA. and quilted by Darla Hennessee Hall.
It is machine pieced (improvisational piecing) and machine quilted on a frame.
While I like the colors, this one is all about the quilting for me.
I am a big fan of this type of quilting, and I really like how it is broken up across the quilt. I like the ghost shapes, and the diversity of designs. I also enjoyed seeing how the quilter used some colored thread in the negative space. The light aqua color and light brown adds a bit of pop to those sections, but the color is not TOO contrasting to detract from the piecing.
This quilt was for sale for $750, but had not sold when I saw it.
What about you? Do you like using lots of negative space in your quilts? How do you interpret the "Use of Negative Space" category?
Thanks for reading today,