the process or skill of taking one number or amount away from another.
As part of our current Mini-Quilt Challenge, we asked for submissions that use subtraction as a design feature. In response, we’ve received a number of questions about what this means, so we want to share with you some QuiltCon 2020 quilts that utilize this abstract design concept.
We love the way Christine J. Yi used the element of subtraction in how she machine quilted the negative space in these two quilts:
Block Party by Christine J. Yi @christineyi_sew
Spring Waltz 2nd mvt. by Christine J. Yi @christineyi_sew
The use of negative space is a familiar design concept for many modern quilters and often draws from the use of subtraction:
Illuminated by Barbara Triscari @barbara_triscari
Kauai Memories by Debbie S. Kraszeski @kraszedcreates
Color Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe @victoriafindlaywolfe
Minimalism and subtraction:
Three Years by Alissa H. Carlton @alissahaightcarlton
Some quilts that use subtraction emit a feeling of deconstruction:
Rolling Stone #1 by Diane E. Wespiser @dianewespiser
Take Two by Juli Smith @zahada_mod
Disappearing Oranges by Cheryl Brickey @meadowmistdesigns
Unconnected by Sarah Bistline @sarahb7
Subtraction in the absence of color or color used thoughtfully to create negative space:
Lanterns of Hope by HollyAnne Knight @stringandstory
Blossom Burst by Sarah Lefebvre @sidestitches
Quilt no. 24: Prarie by Shelby Skumanich @godshomemovies
The way you use size and scale can create a feeling of subtraction:
Alpine Trail by Betsy Vinegrad @betsy.vinegrad
We can’t wait to see how you interpret the use of subtraction in our Half-Square Triangle Mini-Quilt Challenge. Submissions close on April 1st, 2020.