First of all, I can't show you the quilt because photos of it have been submitted to a show and I don't like to reveal quilts until the opening of the show (if they have been accepted) or until after they haven't been accepted.
When I designed this quilt, I put the focal point in one of the "sweet spots" as I've learned from workshops and from reading texts. I followed the Rule of Thirds. You divide up your surface as in the diagram below and then put your major elements at the intersections of the lines. Those intersections are the sweet spots.
|Rule of Thirds|
|Quilt with basic elements|
Originally, I had it placed higher on the quilt, but I decided to follow the Rule of Thirds and put it in its proper place.
|Following the rules|
Yes, they did the job, but way too trite. Not at all what I wanted for this quilt. I tried some sheer fabrics across the sun, but the stitching was so nice on the sun, I didn't want to cover it up. One of my friends, Bobbi Baugh, had a brilliant idea. She picked up the quilt and folded over the top! "But what about the Rule of Thirds?", I asked. Well, we looked at it without those few inches at the top. I liked it better without those few inches so I cut them off and restitched the top closed. To further distract from the sun we three played around with some more squares of fabric and this is how the composition ended.
|the final adjustment|
So The Rule of Thirds, like all rules is a rule meant to be broken. Go with your gut. Feel free to visit Bobbi's website to see her beautiful art Bobbi Baugh Art . She had an article in Quilting Arts Magazine December 2013/January 2014