Friday, 11 December 2015

Practical or pretty?

I am so close  to a finish now but not many photos.  Here's why:


Yup, I'm currently working in a space which just doesn't allow proper photos once you go beyond a certain size.

It did eventually occur to me that I could venture into the (unheated) conservatory; not something I am normally keen to do at this time of year. Actually, thanks to the ridiculously mild winter it was not too bad and I managed to get one photo of the bottom two thirds - though I had to hold the camera at arms length, above my head, and just hope for the best.


The tricky thing with putting this together has been that while the bigger curves came into being largely as a way of making the smaller units larger, and hence are entirely there for a practical purpose, I want some control over where they sit within the quilt as a whole, so that they look right to my eye.  I've too-ed and fro-ed and have added one curve that isn't at all necessary (not visible in this picture) but am reasonably happy with the piece in the photo.  I thought maybe the large curve on the right hand end needed to be moved, but am waiting to see that it looks like when the top row is ready before I do anything drastic.  

With a fair wind this will be done by the end of today.

16 comments:

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Good luck getting the top pieced today and I hope you enjoy the last steps of this process. :)

Sue Kelly said...

I like it a lot. I'm in a cramped space, too, and that's why I have not yet really done anything bigger than a crib quilt size. I have a couple of tops pieced that are larger, but they are just relegated to the UFO box for now. I wish you smooth sailing!

Linda M said...

Looks great!

P. said...

Wow, this has really grown! I love how it looks!

Libby in TN said...

Wouldn't change a thing ...

Mystic Quilter said...

Hope you do manage the finish today - it's looking good!

Janie Krig said...

Good progress, finish is closer!

Ann said...

So many lovely details. Great progress.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Wow - this is coming together really well, I love it! And yes, it's always tricky getting enough space to stand back & see the whole effect. My design wall is quite small, so I regularly use the floor, and balance precariously up on a nearby table to get that one final pic!

June D said...

Beautiful - great to see.

June D said...

Beautiful - great to see.

Mary Marcotte said...

Here's hoping that the winds were in your favor. I am excited to see this one in all its glory because, honestly, it's fabulous. I love the long curves. Actually I found myself looking for (and counting) different motifs. It just pulled me in and I needed to know how many of this, how many of that. I just knew those colors were perfect together...it's very a calming and restful combination.

Cathy said...

No OR about it...practical AND pretty. I don't have a design wall so most of my stuff just gets randomly sewn together. Sometimes I think I need one but then I think of grandma making quilts...no design wall. I loved her quilts and quilt stories.

VivJM said...

I love it! The movement is just wonderful.
I am in a similar position to you in terms of space to lay things out for photos, so can quite sympathise!

Stephie said...

I know what it's like trying to work in a cramped space too...grrr! It's coming along so well - and pretty quickly too, especially considering you don't like making the 9 patches :D

Lara B. said...

It's so tricky to photograph large quilts. This is looking great Kaja! The curves make the nine patches look like they are traveling places. Very dynamic!