Monday, 28 November 2016

Considering the next step

I am considering my little 365 circles, which are now pieced into 9-patches and ready for action.


I have been inclined to keep them together and then use the spare squares around the edges somehow.  (Here's a reminder of how that looks though I should point out that this is not my chosen layout. In fact, at this point the individual squares weren't even sewn together, I had just bunged them down on the floor to get quick photo.) 

I am,however, having a moment of doubt (Mr Sew Slowly just told me it was like an optical illusion - when he tries to look at it his eyes can't find a place to settle; now I have to decide whether to take any notice of him!)


Sewn together they would make a 36" square - not big enough - so now I am looking for things I can add. 

I have a good selection of shirts that would work. 


I like the idea of continuing with old shirts, but have found other bits in my stash that might work.


Food for thought, at least.

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14 comments:

  1. Well, I am inclined to agree the Mr., I think. But, I know why! It's that all blue/white row that goes right across. Switch in a big pink square, and I think the eye won't shoot across anymore.

    I love the two prints in the last photo, especially those squares! But I think the flow will be better if you stick with shirtings, and the plaids will still give plenty of contrast and interest. Those prints would make a lovely starting point for the next project!

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  2. I would stick with the shirts. I think you will like it better in the end. You should consider a 5x5 design so that those big pink 9 patch blocks can be placed in a way to not detract. Like one as the centre block and the others in the corners, or the middle of the quilt like a plus sign. Just an idea.

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  3. I agree the placement of the pink squares needs to be rearranged. One in every row or something like Ariane mentioned. As far as the other I think whatever you decide will be wonderful.

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  4. Always so interesting to make the journey. Decisions, decisions! I like that you would probably make very different ones than I would. Makes for great inspiration and thought provoking ideas.:)

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  5. You'll have fun playing with these ideas.

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  6. I just love the way you embellished each circle... Each one has its own personality.....

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  7. I think the shirts would be good Kaja.

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  8. I feel the same as Mr Sewslowly. It makes me think of Bridget Riley. I think the quilting stitches would make a real difference though. You always get it right in the end, so keep playing.

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  9. What an interesting piece. I love the fabric on the left bottom. But, it may not be right for the quilt. Have fun moving things around and making decisions. That's half the fun of quilting.

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  10. Your eye does go to the pinks. I agree, get that other one in there on the row without one and then see what happens.

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  11. I thing the lovely fabrics at the bottom draw to much attention so the circles are no more in the center. Those shirts look promising. You will find a perfect solution.

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  12. I love the sort of faded look to the whole so far, not faded like in the sun lol but the gentleness of the fabrics and stitching?
    I too think the shirts are in keeping with that subtlety, they may have worked wonderfully as strips tween squares though not necessarily around every single square, maybe around 2 or 4 set together?
    But as has been said, you seem to magically transform fabrics by the end into an eye pleasing whole - so I await the magic happening!
    Do love that modern square fabric - if you don't use it , bags first refusal please LOL

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  13. Wow, congrats on getting all your circles done! That is the definition of persistence. I love the soft, almost low-volume of your backgrounds and I think the shirts/plaids would go better. And I do like the idea of the pink blocks making a plus sign somewhere in the quilt, not necessarily in the middle though. I know you'll have fun playing with this until it makes you happy!

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  14. This is the most fun part of the design process - moving things around, adding fabrics, taking away fabrics, moving blocks. Have fun with the journey, and it will be a quilt you will love! I love all those little circles!

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