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Finally getting to quilt this group quilt (I posted pics of the top back in January; the #freebee kids sent me their blocks back in Flickr time). Center improv bit by @lilysquilts. The backing is a dozen or so @lusummers Summersville prints because the original design prompt was one of Lu's quilts.
The Mama Ru quilt is, like all my reverse applique quilts, fundamentally an exploration of positive and negative space, with a patchwork overlay.
When I design a garden, I start with spatial relationships and circulation. That path could be mulch, concrete, or stone. That focal point could be a boulder, a specimen plant, or a sculpture. But the heart of the design remains the same.
Mama Ru could have been foundation pieced, paper pieced, needle turn appliqued - all to different effect - but it would still be an exploration of positive and negative space.
Time for the annual QuiltCon entry category puzzle.
Does Rosetta belong in:
1. Hand Work. There's a ton of hand work and it's important to the composition, but seems reductive.
2. Piecing. Oh boy there are a lot of pieces, but composition is way more important than technique
3. Negative Space. Is it negative space if there are actually seven dark blue solids?
Finally, I will once again note that the specific mix of technique- and composition-based categories is weird
Update: I've decided to file under 'use of negative space' because it's closest to how I understand the quilt. It just felt reductive to put it in a technique category.
Thanks to everyone for your thoughtful input. I have a suspicion that the community does not share a common understanding of negative space, and I'm not at all confident that my understanding is in line will the MQG position.