The art of Ton Schulten sparked my idea for June's quilt block. I saw his paintings in a calendar and instantly fell in love with his use of big blocks of vibrant color and the way he organizes them giving the impression of shafts of light pouring through the paintings. I thought it would be a fun to play with those same ideas in a quilt and decided LIGHT and COLOR would be an excellent way to kick off the summer!
A package with two sets of solid fabric (a group of "shadowed" colors and a group of "sun-lit" colors) will be arriving on your doorstep shortly. The June project will be to make a block of your own design that:
- is free-pieced. Improvise...experiment...make it your own. Don't worry about mistakes.
- has a clear vertical dividing line between these two groups of colors. This line does not have to be one continuous seam or even line up exactly, but it should be obvious that there are two sides to your block...one "in shadow" and one "in the light". This dividing line can be anywhere you like in your block (left, right, middle) and created anyway you'd like.
- includes big blocks of color. Feel free to include little details too if you'd like, but June isn't a month for an all teeny pieces crumb block. Be bold!
- is primarily abstract. Ton Schulten's painting are often landscapes, however I'm mostly interested in free-form design for this quilt. No houses or trees please. :)
- is basically square or rectangle. You don't have to square it up to a specific size or make it perfectly straight...please send it to me raw. It can be about any dimension you'd like (long, short, skinny, fat, very square). As for size, comparable to a 12 x 12 block would be fantastic. Bigger is always welcome.
I don't know if solids will have the same impact, but when I've received your lovely fabrics, I always find one or two I just love and wish I could keep for my stash. I've often sent in the block and then immediately started hunting down yardage to order for myself! If one or two of the fabrics sings to you, feel free to keep some for yourself. I love a little fabric sharing! However, please return most of your leftover fabric and your scraps as I will be using them to fill in the gaps and piece all the blocks together.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need further clarification.