Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Still fiddling about

I'm still not quite there with this, but think I'm making progress, albeit one tiny step at a time.  I have been adding strips of the beige-y fabric from the tulip blocks into some of my string blocks.

I hadn't done many when I took the picture below, but to my eye they help pull the two sets of blocks together so they look more cohesive.  
The more I add, the better they do the job.
What they can't do, though, is address the fact that some of these tulips are such a similar tone to their backing that they become largely invisible.  They look lovely on the table or in my hand, but from a distance they are just little squares of pale mush.  The red one at the bottom works much better so I'm making more stronger, darker, brighter variations.  Hopefully I can slide the pale ones in amongst them too, but I definitely need to use them sparingly. 

This is not my planned layout because I don't have one of those yet.  It is just the most useful way I found to photograph this for the moment.

8 comments:

patty a. said...

Good idea to add the tan pieces to the strip blocks to bring things together. You are right about the tulips needing to be a stronger color. The medium tone/light ones are pretty, but they do kind of disappear. Looks like you are finding your way now with what works and what doesn't.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

The dark red tulip really pops out. I also really like the continuity of having the blacc and white check print in the center of the string blocks.

Julierose said...

I just really think your pieced tulips are lovely..it's ok that they don't yell "here I am"--i like their subtlety...
hugs, Julierose

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

The carry over of the beige fabric works a treat in amongst your scrappy strips - loving all the thought & consideration you are putting into this.

Janie said...

The experimental stage, this is a fun journey, thanks for sharing.

Ann said...

These blocks became a value study for me, too. I've said it before but your fabric choices work so well. Quilting fabrics are often so bright and these are just warm and wearable. They look great.

Marly said...

It's coming along beautifully. I'm glad you found a way to piece tulips.

Kim said...

I like the addition of the "beige-y" fabric, Kaja. As always I can hear your creative mind ticking over.