Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Tinkering

One of my weaknesses as a quilter is that I can waste time trying to make something work when I know it's not really right.  So I filled in the left hand edge with gold.  Didn't like it.  Or rather, I like the fabric a lot (never could resist a bit of sparkle), but this was just too much.  
So I added in another row of geese, another little slice of wedge. 
Obviously I would have ironed and trimmed, but  I still didn't like it, so unpicked (again!) instead.  

In the end, I just went on filling in that gap as it got smaller and smaller, until it had gone. The thing I like about this is the repetition of the purple strips, which I think helps this version to sit more comfortably with the rest of the quilt.
Still tinkering, I have moved the geese that were in the top right hand corner in the first pictures to the bottom right.  Initially I had intended to run a curve of geese all the way from the top to the bottom but when I laid it out it looked too final, closed that side off, so I had to think again.  Now I'm planning to add some smaller geese, still going up but not hugging such a tight curve. Nearly there, I think.

9 comments:

  1. Yes, the gold was very overpowering and the piecing you added in feels right. The repetition of the lines and even those last few geese anchors it nicely.

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  2. You called it correctly - the little geese and such in the inner corner works much better. And what you describe is NOT a weakness - it is simply part of your process. You need to be sure and sometimes stitching those seams is the only way to be certain.

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  3. Totally agree with the comments above... the huge (in relationship to the other segments) piece of gold changed the entire character of the quilt... tho with it all gone I do miss a little of that sparkle! so many variables to consider... color / size / shape / position / texture .... that is what makes it so fun and challenging! I learn so much from watching your process, if nothing more, learning what questions to ask of myself (besides "what if")! Love your colors and the patterns of the shirts!

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  4. I really like bringing the purple strips back. It has a much more cohesive feel. You always make things come together (even though it's a lot of work).

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  5. Fun experiments and choices. That's good that
    you're relaxing with the process and letting your eye
    tell you where to go next.
    Part of good design is patience.

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  6. Yes, that looks so much better! A lot of work, but it is much better.

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  7. I'm pleased you lost the larger piece of gold fabric, your idea of filling with geese and different strips was inspired, I love how this is looking now.

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  8. All along I've been thinking this is the upper right quadrant of the quilt and that you still had lots to go, but apparently I've missed a missive. I love the idea of this being the whole quilt. And yes, I agree with everyone that the geese and wedges are better suited to the quilt. The more I look at it, it more I'm loving it!

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