by Carol Taylor
Designing a very simple block
(see drawing), I then proceeded to use this block over and over in
different formats, trying to lose the block by connecting colors and
varying sizes and shapes.
In looking in the dictionary, a
“block” is a unit that is dealt with one at a time, or an obstacle,
obstruction or impediment used to deter or stop passage.
In traditional quilting it is common to use a block, and in this
series, my goal is to use my block but to avoid any “blockades” or
“blockages” in doing so. Instead
of creating the look of units, I’m looking for the whole quilt to be a
unit, and hope that my color and design choices will be the
“blockbusters” that create this look.
34 x 32.5
Using only 6 colors in the
palette, I made 4 blocks and combined them in different ways until I came
up with a pleasing arrangement where the block look disappeared and it was
seen as just one large simple composition.
Blockbuster #1 detail
35 x 36
Cutting the palette back to only 3 colors, I
again created 4 blocks that flowed from one to another with the aim of
creating a very spare look and simple composition. The quilting
follows the blocks around in a circle.
Blockbuster #2 Detail
22.5 x 35.5
Using a format of 2 blocks on
the top and 3 elongated ones below, I used the same basic block for this
composition, playing a little more freely with it.
I also added a bit of yellow and white for the fine line accents
for a little more definition.
Blockbuster #3 detail