Two Words: Breaking the pieces

I decided on the “dancing candles” design from Day Five of the Two Colors, Two Words Guild Challenge.

Adobe Illustrator allows me to set the ratio between the artboard grid and the actual size of the pattern pieces. That helps me create pieces that I can translate into actual measurements for a quilt. To do that I had to make each background piece. I have three artboards going at the same time– the original design (one on the right), the pieces design (on the left), then the deconstructed design (it’s purposely smaller to give me room to pull them apart). This is what it looks like right now in Illustrator:

There are 41 pieces, and you can see how they would go together. But, I’m just mesmerized by the new design I created by pulling the pieces apart. It looks so much more interesting. My original “dancing candles” looks sad in comparison So I’m going to stew over that idea.