Emphasis - Force or intensity of expression.
I hate unfocused work. When you look at something you shouldn’t have to wonder,
“Where is the focus?”
The focus in Organic Leaves, one of the projects in my book Fun Fast Fusies, is in the leaves. This whole quilt measures 24”x24” and was constructed using ONE yard of my hand dyed rainbow fabric.
This was easy to do because I used contrasting colors to create the focus of the piece, orange on blue or pink on green, and all of the colors I needed to that were in one yard of the hand dyed rainbow fabric.
Of course this is a fused wall quilt, but you could also make it as a pieced quilt if you like to work that way and really my table runner which is pieced, Aspen Leaves, is just a variation on a theme.
Instead of all the colors in the rainbow I restricted my color palette to browns and oranges with an accent of blue/green (orange and blue are opposites on the color wheel).
The background fabric on this project is one of my gradated fabrics similar to Pumpkin Patch or Forest Floor. The kit for this pattern has the exact fabric you see, a gradation from navy to orange.
Something else that needs to be considered when working free style like I have in Organic Leaves and Aspen Leaves is -
Unity- Coordination of the parts into a complete composition.
This is a question you should always ask yourself when you are working on a new piece, is there Unity?
The unity of Laughing Leaves and Aspen Leaves also lies in the use of similar but varying leaf shapes. Repetition
But for Aspen Leaves there is also a unity of color, the color in the background and the leaves moves through a range of one color to another so that there is a “smoothness” in the movement or a unity.
Sometimes I think people just slap thinks down and think they can call it art.
Take your time, be proud of what you make and always, always sign your work.