When sewing without a pattern, a theme is one way to get started----
A curiosity about mark making originated when I took a nonrepresentational drawing class. Mark making is practiced usually in the context of drawing, painting or marking other objects. I think marks can also be seen in quilts as we consider lines, squares, triangles, circles. Explore these links and see what you think.
Rothko to Richter
In reference to the mark, "...a one to one correspondence between every stroke of paint and every movement of the artist's hand." When something is made by hand, it is nice to see evidence of the work by the hand.
Marks can be made by scraps of fabric. Here are marks in leaves offered by my favorite historic quilter. Vine quilt by Susan McCord
Multiple little abstractions, many marks and I find it hard to stop thinking about Erin's work. Erin Wilson Quilts
Amish quilts were some of the first to gain attention from the art world. Here are some of my favorite Amish quilts showing off their graphic style. Marks can be on a grand scale as well as small. Note the simple Chinese Coins Quilt near the end. There is even one "small study".
Darwin D. Bearley Antique Ohio Amish Quilts
After all the piecing, the quilting stitches present tiny marks sculpting the surface, but that is a subject for another day----and another class.