I have mentioned before how much I like working in a series… Have you tried it? Do you have a pattern you love? Take that pattern and begin pushing the envelope to make it your own. Do you like New York Beauties – I know I do… now… make different sizes, work in only black/white/gray OR make them without a pattern, but free-hand cutting the spires! Working in a series both allows and forces me to push whatever series I am in. This is the next installment of the Line Studies – it’s number 13. It’s about 40 x 50” and I have already started the next one.
Series work allows us to manipulate just one element in whatever we are studying. While parts of this piece are similar (“noisy”) to others, I worked at transition between the “noisy” spaces and the much quieter spaces. I also very much like the strong dark areas when contrasted with the almost white/quite light areas. I will continue to work in these patterns, as I find it just brings me joy! How many things in your life bring you joy?
Finally, I had strips of fabric from the first 4 Nancy Crow workshops – all pinned to my design wall. I began to think of using these in line-study quilts, but with a completely modern twist. While this top is completely OUT of my comfort zone, I am pushing ahead, as it forces me to think outside the box. Light, medium and medium-dark shades of gray become extremely important background when the design is this simple. I don’t have any idea where this is leading, but that’s part of the fun! The fabric is speaking to me!