Hi everyone! I'm Kelly Hendrickson, one of the resident artists here at FIRE!
This month I want to talk about several different styles of backgrounds for art quilts.
We might each have a favorite. Often the piece itself might dictate whether the
background is an integral part of the overall design. Or it might be more of
a backdrop...kind of a supporting actor in the play which highlights the star's
My hope is that this month you might find a new idea for backgrounds and perhaps
even spark a new idea or two. Many of these ideas have grown and morphed in my
repertoire over the past years and I have long since forgotten just where I originally
heard about them in the first place. If I do remember, I will certainly give credit where
credit is due.
So let's start!!
This one is quite easy and depending on the fabrics you choose to weave together, can
be rather subtle or a bold contrast!
Choose your fabrics
Again, depending on the look you are going for, the colors can be very close in the
same color family or contrasting and bold.
For my example I had done some snow dyeing with a gradation of gray dye. I chose
two fabrics that were very close in shade but the difference is discernible. The top piece
is a couple of shades darker in the gradation than the bottom piece.