I had a very hard time with this theme -- each pair of opposites I thought of (curvy/straight, thick/thin, vintage/modern) seemed to cancel each other out. I could picture them in a nice background pattern, but not in an interesting focal image.
Then I thought of "Opposite Day," which we used to do for fun when my kids were small (usually on a rainy summer day). You would think of all your normal routines and try to do them opposite. Eat popsicles for breakfast, write backwards with your non-dominant hand, etc.
It was fun to approach my usual quilting process from the "opposite" direction, and try new techniques. Usually I have some sort of representational image, so I thought it would be "opposite" for me to just use simple geometric shapes. I chose this image for a composition inspiration:
|I clipped this from a magazine years ago; I am not sure of its original source.|
I decided to make my quilt sandwich inside out, using painted batting for the top layer, and then doing reverse applique, with the fabrics of the middle layer revealed.
|"Opposite Day", a small art quilt based on reversing my usual quilt process.|
|Detail showing the dyed, painted, and stitched surface.|
I think this quilt would have been a good solution to our Texture challenge as well. I had fun re-thinking my quilting habits!
You can read more about how I made this piece at my blog, Deep in the Heart of Textiles.