The Quilter's Negative Space Handbook Blog Hop

 
The Quilter's Negative Space Handbook Cover.jpg
 

Welcome to my day in The Quilter’s Negative Space Blog Hop! I’m thrilled to be here supporting the release of Sylvia Schaefer’s new book. I have a little confession to make. Names are not my forte. In fact, when things get crazy I’ve been known to call a cat my son’s name, or visa versa. Don’t even ask me how I handle learning new names in general, so I never married Sylvia’s name with her beautiful quilt creations until she announced her book was coming and then I realized that she has created some of my favorite modern designs, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Sylvia has a whole section on decomposition in design in here book, and of course this particular design is one of my all time favorite quilts.

Sylvia has a whole section on decomposition in design in here book, and of course this particular design is one of my all time favorite quilts.

 
Another project in Sylvia’s book!

Another project in Sylvia’s book!

Let’s talk about the book. The book is an excellent guide to using the negative space in your quilt to create interesting and fun designs. There are 12 sections that take you through designing to realizing and making your quilt, but the book also includes 8 different beautiful projects. While this book is focused on modern techniques and using negative space, I’m going to have to say it is actually an exceptional design book in general and the techniques and methods outlined in the book are useful tools in any designer’s toolbox.

We were asked to just take a little time to play and create a design for the hop. I decided to start out with a block from EQ8 that I liked and use some of the methods outlined in the book to come up with a good modern design, then show the transition for this hop. You can see from the pictures below how the design progressed from a very simple block to a quilt with a lot of movement.

The First Round of Simplification

 
Original Block from EQ8

Original Block from EQ8

 
First Layout with Original Block

First Layout with Original Block

 

Altering The Block Simplified the Design

 
Altered Block

Altered Block

 
Design after altering the original block.

Design after altering the original block.

 

Final Design Layouts

 
Final Design Layout 1

Final Design Layout 1

 
Final Design Layout 2

Final Design Layout 2

 

I did realize after sitting down and creating my design that I recently used techniques from the book recently for The Great Outdoors Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hops that I participated. Geese on the Lake alters a block and then uses an alternate layout.

 
Eclectic Garden Version of Geese on The Lake

Eclectic Garden Version of Geese on The Lake

 

The pattern isn’t done yet, ,but it is in progress. Stay tuned for updates about when this will release. Don’t forget to tell me which of the 2 final design layouts you like best in the comments, take the time to visit all the other participants, and enter the giveaway. Thanks for visiting!


Blog Hop Schedule

March 11 - C&T Publishing - blog tour kickoff

March 12 - Nicole Neblett - Mama Love Quilts

March 13 - Christa Watson - Christa Quilts

March 14 - Jessica Caldwell - Desert Bloom Quilting (you are here)

March 15 - Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill - Whole Circle Studio

March 18 - Cassandra Ireland Beaver - The (Not So) Dramatic Life

March 19 - Yvonne Fuchs - Quilting Jetgirl

March 20 - Sarah Ruiz - Saroy

March 21 - Sarah Goer - Sarah Goer Quilts

March 22 - Sylvia Schaefer - Flying Parrot Quilts - tour wrap-up