Yesterday I blogged about Lilac Crush, one of the quilts in Quilting Modern. Today, I am going to share Winter Windows, another quilt in the book. This was the quilt that taught me a lot of about quilting negative space.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the whole quilt, but I think that you can get the idea from this photo. The center of the quilt is pieced with random, irregular blocks with large areas of negative space on the top and the bottom.
At that time, I hadn’t quilted a whole lot of modern quilts, so I was still trying to figure out how to make the most of the negative space.
I ended up quilting the same random shapes in the top and bottom of the quilt, kind of like ghost blocks. They echo the piecing without distracting from the quilt top. This was the first time I had done that, but it wasn’t the last. This is one of the techniques that I talk about in my book.
Since the quilting in the negative space is dense, I opted for a simple echo quilting within the blocks. I also think that it provides a little bit of contrast.
So, the next time you are quilting a quilt with a lot of negative space, try quilting “blocks” in it. Not only will it break up the large areas, it will help emphasize the quilt pattern.
What do you think? Do you like quilting the negative space in a quilt?
In other news, I think I have a soon-to-be quilter on my hands! She loves my new Janome sewing machine!