Saturday 19 February 2022

Filling in the centre

As someone who is emphatically never going to do quilt maths, it might not have been the brightest move to start this quilt by building a frame and only then thinking about what went inside.  I got to a solution I was happy with eventually, but as you can see it took a bit of figuring out.

In addition to the question of sizing, it took me a while to find a fabric combination that worked.  In the end the low tech method of just plonking pieces down until something worked got me where I needed to go.  It took a while, as the orange fabric in my checkerboard has a strong presence and wasn't all that inclined to play nice.  I tried prints and plains and lots of combinations but mostly it was instantly clear that they were off the mark.  I also considered a centre with more piecing.  The reason I went with this simple little line of geese was that it seemed to balance some of the busier fabrics nicely.  It also let me introduce several new fabrics into the mix in a painless way. 
This is where I got too.  
This is already big for my tiny space, so I have to move it for photos.  While I am working on it I fold it in half, either vertically or horizontally, and just work on one edge.  It's a strange way of going about things, but so far, so good.


Julierose said...

Love how the colors work together in this one--that center rusty color is so nice with the really dark blues...nice work--hugs, Julierose (P.S. Also moving slowly these days--slow and steady wins the race, right?) :)))

Paulette said...

I really love all of those fabrics together, both the orange/rust and the deep blue. That rust print in the checkerboard is so cool. Looks great!

liniecat said...

I do admire your bravery LOL and never say never attittude girl... it amazes me that so often your 'what if's' turn out SO well!
I have complete confidence in you x

patty a. said...

I do love the green strip you used to make the center piece wide enough. Yes, you kind of went at this project backwards, but the result is fabulous and you now know you can solve any piecing issue! I assume there will be more borders to come so I can't wait to see what you add! I do like the flying geese. They command your eye to look at them. Since you have introduced a triangular shape, it will be easy to add more triangles your borders.

Ann said...

What a great solution. The geese and that green strip sparkle. I can see how the orange solid sets all these busy prints off, too.

audrey said...

The center looks kinda of spunky now. The orange is a great background!

Janie said...

I like the Flying Geese and how you 'introduced' fabrics/color in the Flying Geese medallion, brilliant.
And balancing in a small space, I can relate. Making do keeps the flexibility exercised.
Have a wonderful day!

Mary Marcotte said...

Perhaps having your house in a remodel uproar has your quilting in a wayward state. It simply proves that you can be versatile and work with what you have, whether that's material or space.
I do appreciate your aversion to quilt math. I have an aversion to all math, even shopping math.
I'm off to review the AHIQ challenge as it's been a minute since I was last there.