I watched a documentary last night about a famous painting. The historian doing the narrating spoke about the background for quite a long time. My mind wandered. I realized that the music playing softly in the background of the video was many versions of a song I know how to play on guitar. All of a sudden the quiet background music was all I could hear. SO then I started thinking about backgrounds in quilt patterns.
So many times the background is just there to support the main motif, but I have always rallied against the plain muslin or white that is the default setting for so many quilts. In recent years gray has landed in that category too. Without realizing I was even doing it I have activated the backgrounds of several projects. Fun with Fans has a fairly subtle checkerboard pattern in the background, the made fabric star from a recent workshop has a bright avocado green background, and most recently, a commission I am working on has a wonderful ombre fabric as the background, which makes the background more exciting than the stars it surrounds. There will be 9 stars total, and the backgrounds will gradually shade to a darker purple, I only have one block done enough to show you, I promise more photos when it is done.
So I ask you, what exciting thing are you going to do with the background of your next piece?
FYI – Club meetings next week!! check the club pages for more info.
Tuesday, – hand stitchers and stumpwork,
Saturday – Crazy Quilt