I do not like negative space. I like floral patterns. And lots of colors. Saturated, bright colors. I can appreciate modern quilts for their simple beauty, but I am not sure I could ever make one. For example, the hexagon quilt – made from a pattern, I used a bright pink for my negative space – just to keep me interested. And then I made a hexagon quilt of my own design for a friend’s baby. And wow. Lots and lots and lots of color and print. No negative space. And I loved it – Although not exactly an easy pattern, I zipped through it, because every day I was glad to see it.
But when I confronted making a quilt for another couple’s pending baby, I had to back off pattern-craziness. And use negative space. And I really enjoyed working on it, and fell in love with the grey fabric I was using. And I really love the results.
The negative space print is Eclectic Essentials – Dictionary. The fabric has dictionary pages with words important to young families – like travel, tree, time, forgive, and flourish. I LOVE IT. I wish I could buy 50 yards so I would always have it for projects. And it was the perfect juxtaposition to the bright camping-theme fabric used in the strips and chevrons. Modern, fresh, and with negative space to make those colors pop.
So I am now working on two more projects with negative space. And lots of eye-popping color. Woot.