Margaret Blank – Contrast

“Contrast” is a broad theme — or so I learned when I spent four weeks exploring it in an online class with Canadian art quilter, Pamela Allen.   While I learned a great deal, I found myself coming back to the simple concept of contrasting colours — and where I find such contrast in my daily life.   Once again, I sought inspiration in the woods around my home.

Trees Cross the Road - 800 pix

Figure 1- Inspirational Photo for “Contrast”

I love how the January shadows are blue against the snow across the road.  I made a sample, about which I posted on my blog.  I went on to make a second, larger piece, using blue background fabric, but that didn’t speak to the “Contrast” theme in quite the same way as pure blue and white.

“Across the Road” may be least complex piece I’ve ever made, but I believe it speaks for itself.

 Materials:  Commercial cottons, fusible web, cotton batting, recycled poly-cotton sheeting (backing).

Techniques: Fusible appliqué, machine quilting.




Close up View:




  1. Love the simplicity of this piece Margaret, also love the photo it is based on. Diana

  2. English quilter

    I too love the simplicity of the piece and how you have captured the essence of the shadows. The complexity is in the use of line.

  3. martine Dionis

    simplicité , sobriété, j’aime,

  4. Chantal Guillermet

    Like Diana, Ilove your photo and I love what you did with it ! it is simple but the image is very strong !

  5. Margaret, what imagination you have to translate the shadows into your quilt design. Well done

  6. Margaret, I love the blue shadows on snow cast by bare trees. You did a great job on this piece.

  7. So cool! When I saw your photograph, I could immediately see how well you did your quilt.

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