Wednesday, 15 April 2020

A little self-knowledge

Having come up with one chunk of hourglasses that I liked, I did the obvious thing and made another.  Easy progress, you might think, and you would be right.  I could just have kept making chunks and then sewed them all together and hey presto, that would have been my quilt finished.  It was tempting but then I had a bit of a word with myself about my short attention span.  In all likelihood, I would get bored way before I had enough bits to make a whole quilt.  I've tried it before and it just hasn't worked, so best just to admit it now.

Also I still had one or two fabrics from my initial pull that felt like they belonged in this.
So I played around with borders, wondering if I might make this into a medallion, but it didn't quite work how I would have wanted.  Next step would be to chop into them, but I like to have more of an idea than that before I over-commit.  Smaller hourglasses?  Squares? In the end I decided to make just a few wee units and see if I liked them.
Hmm, these I think I can do something with.
Now I have my two chunks, with a little row of hsts between them.  That will do for now.

12 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

That's just right for a small spot on the wall or perhaps a runner or mat for a table top. Love the mix of colors and textures.

Julierose said...

Love the addition of those black fabric HST's a lot between the hourglasses...I find it difficult not to just rush and finish projects...i do better when they have a chance to simmer on my wall...
Staying safe? I hope ~ ~ ~ Julierose

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

A little bit of self knowledge goes a long way for sure! I'm glad you took that moment to step back before getting too far and frustrated or borded.

Ann said...

The colors and value range on this piece are already spectacular. I keep analyzing, trying to figure out what particularly draws me in. I think it's the clear greens that set everything off so well. And that plaid is luminous.
With this at home, perhaps you won't mind staying in so much. If only everyone else would sleep in.

audrey said...

Love that yellow/green print. Wonderful addition! Your darker hsts are a fantastic contrast already. We do know the things that work and don't work for us in the long term don't we?:)

O'Quilts said...

Just lovely...as usual!!!

patty a. said...

That is an interesting way to join those two blocks. The dark half square triangles help to differentiate them from the hourglass triangles, but they do play well together.

Mystic Quilter said...

Love this Kaja, the hst's joining the two blocks together work so well and fit in perfectly.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

you have such a skill Kaja for taking seemingly disparate fabrics, cutting them up, sewing them together. All of a sudden they were meant to be together. This will be another great quilt

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

You said you put in the HSTs but I didn't see them at first. Brilliant move for drawing in a person, which I love in quilts. You see something you like and get closer to inspect, then suddenly there's something else in there. A subtle surprise. Ann said it earlier, but I'll agree: the green plaid shines.

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