Monday, 30 September 2019

Quick update and a bit of musing

This is growing nicely now, but I find myself thinking again what a strange thing the improv process is.  

I could have decided to make a Trip around the World, planned it all out and not had to bother with umpteen partial seams.  I could have done it in a matter of days without checking and rechecking to make sure my blue and red diagonals were going to meet up properly.  And yet I know that if I had planned it that way it would never have been made.  

I also know that still finding a way to sneak in my blue pansy rectangles  pleases me, as does that skinny pink strip which is sorting things out when my hand cut squares differ too much in size.  
I like that in one or two places I can use a butterfly block with the dark blue fabric, which just slightly interrupts the perfect diagonals.  And I like that this musing makes me wonder whether I might want to stop counting and just let those diagonals wander off in their own directions.

13 comments:

Janie said...

Nice arranging Kaja. I like the blues and reds, cheerful, and the occasional pattern repeats.
Keeps the eye moving.

Robin said...

Looking good. That little pink strip really adds a lot of interest and makes it so the design isn't predictable.

I've been working on my improv quilt this morning too and have been doing a lot of unpicking. My calculations are all off and I keep cutting the wrong width strip.

Kim said...

Oh I think let those diagonals wander along finding their happy home. As for more blue pansy rectangles....yes please. =)

audrey said...

What is it about planning that sometime takes the momentum away? It's something that troubles me too. I am loving what you are doing here and can't wait to see where the diagonal lines end up!

Mystic Quilter said...

Definitely go with the wandering diagonals - sounds good!!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Well, I for one like the "wandering" look!

patty a. said...

Depending on how big you plan to make this might have an influence on whether you go wandering or loosely repeat the a portion of the center for each corner. That center pink square would remain the focus if you wander, but repeating the design to each of the corners could make the eye have more than one focal point. The pinks and the navy floral/paisley are giving orderliness without overwhelming the soft blues. I don't think you can go wrong with what ever direction you take this.

Kathleen Kingsbury said...

You are getting there!! I think you should call this quilt "finding my groove" because I believe you have!
kakingsbury at verizon dot net

Ann said...

How fun this is! You would never have made a Trip around the World. This is your style and your method. I love your side trips and inserts. It's like an old English village with side roads and mews in odd places. Not laid out by the planning committee. Hooray for a unique quilt in your own voice.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Looks like 'wandering' is lots of fun! I did vaguely think 'trip around the world' last week when I saw it, but it's so much more!

Sandy Panagos said...

Love the little pink strip. Are you thinking of adding a few more?

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

LOVE this trip around the world! I don't think I've ever seen one quite like this one, but goodness it's interesting. Keep going; you're on to something great. (And we all knew you'd get there.)

LA Paylor said...

wow, this arrangement of darks really emphasizes the balance. NICE JOB!!