Friday, 12 November 2021

Early doors

I titled this post 'early doors' but now I wonder whether that is a phrase anyone uses outside the UK.  Perhaps someone can tell me? We mostly used it in the days when pubs shut in the afternoon and reopened around 5.30.

Since I'm still at the beginning of this, I am pretty much just making doors.  This is what they look like when you have enough to start playing around.  
I like this version better - taller and skinnier and more reminiscent of the shape of the individual blocks.
To keep myself from getting bored I have also been moving them around to create different patterns.
This, in particular, has me wondering what I would put in those gaps.  It can't be something light, since that would rather miss the point of this.  I am hoping that if I keep shuffling, something will eventually occur to me that feels right.  Plenty of time and no big hurry.


11 comments:

Cheryl said...

no "early doors" on the west coast of the US- I have not heard that phrase before! but I like yours!

audrey said...

Ooh, I love the addition of the hot pink. And the occasional plaid. It's all looking so different but still very you. Just wonderful!

Janie said...

Doors! That's an an exciting design challenge and has some cultural history behind it. Colors play an important part in memories don't they?
oh! I was just thinking about the experience of opening each door and the unique light and atmosphere that would be behind each.
This is a fun adventure, thanks for sharing.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I like it when they are grouped into along skinny groupings as well (not that they need to be so perfectly symmetrical), but it has a nice sense of proportion to the doors themselves that way. In my mind I see brickwork and siding and all the other kinds of building walls that surround the doors. I do look forward to what inspires you as you fill in the gaps!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I like the version in the last photo best. I wonder what simple one-fabric rectangles would look like in the in-between spaces?

Cathy said...

I love this idea and the color scheme.
Reminds me of Doors of Dublin!

Marly said...

I like the potential of the last photo most. Doors shoulder to shoulder suggest cupboards to me, or very cramped prison cells.
I've never heard of "early doors" in relation to pubs before, and being a native of Surrey with a Scottish mother and a Welsh father, it must be a local expression. Maybe it described the special licences that pubs near the wholesale food markets had which enabled them to have other opening hours than the standard.

O'Quilts said...

This is the absolute best ever!!!!

patty a. said...

Your doors are wonderful! Never heard the expression of early doors. Keep playing!

Kim said...

LOVE all those doors. Loving the colour combinations; just perfect. I haven't heard of the "early doors" phrase.

Mary Marcotte said...

Oh wow! First the phrase...perfect for the title of the quilt and an interesting conversation starter.
The blocks are just so fun. I love the concept. Once, when we were in New Orleans for a weekend, I took pictures of doors as we walked in the French Quarter. The French doors absolutely fascinated me. (Actually, everything fascinates me, so there's that.) But your doors make me want to dig through a huge pile of photos-- quite a daunting task-- and revisit one of my favorite cities.