Earlier this year I listened to the MQG webinar about modern quilting. Heather provided a list of books and resources for further information about the origins and practices of modern art, quilting, and graphic design.
Have you ever heard of Josef Albers? Please don’t laugh, but I never had. I didn’t know that those square in a square in a square paintings at museums were actually color studies—how colors interact when different shades are placed next to each other. I think one of the reasons I was never able to see that is normally there are one or two of those pictures on display. It takes seeing several together to be able to discern the color play at work (at least for me).
Although I picked the colors for my next quilt from a computer screen, the way the navy and the fuchsia interact is better than I could have ever hoped…the blue starts to look almost purple with the fuchsia next to it.
So why is this a Gee’s Bend Experiment? The quilt design is a popular variation of a Gee’s Bend quilt, called the bricklayer.
And then I decided to approach the quilt construction from a Gee’s Bend perspective too. The quiltmakers didn’t use rotary cutters or rulers for most of their designs, they ripped strips from whatever fabric they had on hand. No measuring, just ripping. The first rip was a little scary, but after a few strips, I wasn’t afraid of ruining the fabric anymore.
I used a little bigger than normal seam allowance, 3/8”, to make the piecing more stable. And I just trimmed each strip with scissors, no rulers or rotary cutter.
I’m not sure exactly how this quilt will develop after I finish the bricklayer section, but I’m using this photo of a Gwen Marston quilt, on the left, as my other piece of inspiration. The quilt on the right is the Gee’s Bend quilt I studied.
Have a great week!