Design: A Study in Contrast

Since I felt under the weather this week after oral surgery I wanted to just play with some new designs.  Using only scraps for this exercise, I first drew up some initial sketches (which, unfortunately, I already crumpled up and tossed) and began to lay out the pieces on pieces of 3″X4″ quilters grid. I got a little carried away but I guess that was the point, after all. (This is not all of them.)

Exercize 1

I liked some more than others and studied them until I picked out the ones I liked the best and did some more of those:

Exercise 2. Contrast & Color

I played with a lot of arrangements to discover a pattern I favored and refined the design just a bit so that each one met where I wanted it to when they were put beside and on top of one another for this design.


I strategically placed lights and darks to what I think is the best advantage


I kept the palette neutral so as not to complicate the design and here’s what I came up with for a final choice:

Exercise 3. Contrast & Color.

I drew up some more designs for another time. And boy, do I have a mess of scraps to pick up now!

 I almost forgot to link up with Nina’s Off The Wall Friday blog.

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