Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lattice Illusions Class

Recently I had the opportunity to take a class with Christine Porter to make a quilt (or wall hanging) based on Italian cathedral floors.  She has translated these 3D illusions into quilt patterns in her book Viva Venezia.  There were several pros and cons to the class, but I am not interested in discussing them here.  What I am interested in discussing is color/fabric choices made by my class mates. 

The success or failure of this pattern is based on the juxtaposition of light and dark fabrics. Some people chose patterned fabrics (vs my solids) and others chose colors (vs my gray, navy, brown).  I tried to take as many photos as possible as a way for me to reflect on fabric choices. Why did some of these work so nicely when others (in my opinion) were a bit flat.  I thought maybe you would like to see the many variations of the same pattern too.

What works to you?  What can be improved? Do you like the patterned fabric or solids?  Batiks vs not.  I'm curious to hear your analysis.


Happy Me said...

I think the solids look very flat. I definitely prefer the use of batiks and/or prints but I think that one would need to be careful about the placement and choice with regards to the size of the print. I really like the bottom middle block - it looks 3 dimensional and I like the blance of the prints and colors.

Cindy said...

Happy Me! What a great screen name! It's funny, but I have the complete opposing preference. I like the solids to really focus the eye on the effect the quilter is trying to create. My favorite (which is not mine, by the way) is the top right. This is why quilting is great - a quilt for every personality :)

Phosphorelated said...

I'm with Happy Me; I think the middle and right quilts in the bottom row really pop. I would not have picked those fabrics for this pattern (the one in the middle because I wouldn't expect batiks to work so well for this, and the one on the right because individually they aren't my colors), but man, do they work. I like how the batiks/prints bring to mind the marble that's so prevalent in Italian architecture. You're definitely right about the dark/light contrast being critical! More important, fundamentally, than the type of fabrics being used.

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