The Need for Negative Space


Just a quick visual lesson in the need for negative space in quilts. Somewhere down the line, I’ll be making a quilt with lovely, vibrant, in-your-face reds from the amazing Kaffe Fassett.

When viewed side by side, they’re an overwhelming chaos of color and pattern.  Maybe too much of a good thing.


But give them a little space, your eye can rest a bit and each one becomes an individual piece of art.

Negative Space

Aaah, much better!  These pieces are just laying on a bit of brown fabric, but when it comes time to piece the quilt I think I’ll use a deep gray and space them a little further apart.  (And more evenly.)

4 thoughts on “The Need for Negative Space

    • I like it on the brown too, Amanda! But I kind of have someone in mind for this quilt, and the gray would work really well for them. I think if I stick with a dark coal gray, the bright colors will still seem to pop off the background like that. (At least, that’s my hope!)

    • Hi, knitnkwilt! If I’d been thinking I might have shown it against a light and a dark background, because that would make such a difference in the feeling of depth …

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