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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Chromatic Transitions

Here's my most recent quilt. Chromatic Transitions will debut at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Feb 24-27 in Hampton, Virginia. The design is adapted from a late 1800's tile by Minton, Hollins & Co.

One design unit is composed of four "tiles" pivoting on center. My starting sketch included a grid of 25 of these units of four. If the values (light, medium, dark) for each unit were identical the quilt would have a pleasant but static appearance.

Instead, by using tracing paper overlays on the sketch I used a soft pencil to play with the placement of values, deemphasizing some of the individual shapes and thereby creating new centers of attention. A whole new design emerged. The next step was color/fabric selections to give further life and depth to the design.

The following detail shots illustrate the reason for the title. Chromatic Transitions is simply a classier way of saying color changes.


Elaine said...

It's amazing how you were able to envision that the value changes would so enhance the quilt. I probably have never thought of that as a way to play with a quilt.

Roolen said...

Wonderful, amazing, beautiful!

annieQ said...

Wow, wow, and wow. Oh, did I say WOW?

Rachel said...

Thanks to all for your generous comments. This was a challenging piece and I'm just glad it's done!

Quilting Diva said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love yellow too, so does my Mom. Been looking in your gallery and your quilts are amazing. I'll be getting your show from TQS. You are very talented!