Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Tiny crosses fill my days

I am not expecting to piece much next week, so am pushing hard to make progress while things seem to be working.  I am reminded that there is always a big gap between that moment when I think I know what I am doing and how I will get to an end and actually reaching that end.  In this case, the space in between those two points seems to be filled with tiny little crosses.  

This big chunk was sewn together today. I added a bit above the smaller black cross, to drop that section down, and filled in a lot of spaces with my little crosses.  I'm pretty happy with how this is coming now.
Here, just for my own satisfaction, is a close-up of a section, just to give a better look at some of the fabrics that are bouncing the light back in most of the pictures.
I am keeping an eye on the green and brown and black as I go, since they seem to be doing a lot of the heavy lifting, but mostly it's just me, my machine and cross after cross.  Isn't it funny how I think I have a short attention span (I do) but then I'll sit and do something utterly, tediously repetitive for literally hours if the end result seems to justify it.  There is, as they say, nowt so queer as folk.

12 comments:

Julierose said...

Just loving how those little crosses draw your eye all over--really great work in progress.
Meanwhile, I am really stumped with my wedge curves--sittin' and starin'...for now...hugs, Julierose

Janie said...

Great additions and arrangement. Your last photo does show the color up better.

LA Paylor said...

I love doing the hours of "tedious" sewing. What runs thru your mind as you sew?
LeeAnna

Mystic Quilter said...

I see a few more pops of green I think, I really like these and because you gave us a close up shot I can see the tiny patches of green on the black bird fabric, why I hadn't picked that up before I don't know!

patty a. said...

You have gotten a lot done on this piece! The little crosses are bringing the elements all together.

Robin said...

Thanks for the close-up. It gives so much more detail. There is so much more going on with texture and color than can be seen in the other picture. Love the quote at the end of your post.

Kim said...

Oh, I always love it when there is no rhyme or reason to the things we do. The close up photo is great as we can see clearer the 'fabulousness' of this quilt. Once again, your playing has reaped great results. Those little touches of the green, brown and the black....and the bird fabric takes this quilt to a much higher plain. It's just fabulous, Kaja.

audrey said...

Quilting really is mind boggling. I know exactly what you mean about the short attention span and then other times, the hours doing repetitious sewing just to get the 'look' we want! That is sheer grit and determination to achieve the desired outcome. I so enjoy watching you build a quilt. The green squares are really glowing lately. Everything is coming together so, so well!

Ann said...

This looks so different from its beginnings. I see how the browns and greens have improved it - doing the heavy lifting - but also think it would never have worked coming from the other direction. I.e., starting with browns and greens and then adding your sugar pastels. Funny that.
It also looks a bit like a map. I’m intrigued how our previous work affects subsequent quilts.
Summer does impact quilting time. Have fun with your family and hopefully the house is sold and closed.

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

I've not heard that expression, but it is interesting.
I find I'm the same way with tedious quilt work. I'll keep at it for hours. Now tedious house work...different story completely. I do that in fits and starts and guilt trips.

The quilt is coming along and before you know it, you'll be adding it to the pile for quilting. I find it interesting how much the dark colors have changed the overall feel of those sweet pastels. This quilt is probably the best proof that quilters can take something quite different from what their personal likes and work through it to create something very much their own styles.

And then there's the quilt which has it's own ideas and is generally pretty insistent about expressing them.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I'm so enjoying how this piece is building/growing and I love reading about your process. I think it's wonderful.
I've heard the expression...All the world's queer except me and thee, and sometimes I wonder about thee. LOL

O'Quilts said...

Always love to see your posts