Saturday, July 25, 2015
The individual blocks are too apparent. Sherri Lynn mentions creating some long strips from blocks. I didn't pay attention until this was sewn together. Having some reserved squares from a block helps when a long strip is needed. They mask the seam line and increase the random effect of the tops. Next time I will actually save some from the start rather than scrounging for the one that didn't pair up.
See the long piece of light blue filler at the top left? I replaced it with this and think the seam is less obvious.
Also, the blocks don't need to finish to any specific size. While mine aren't the same, I did actively work to use all of the two fabrics in one block. That means I used more filler to reach a square. Next time, I'll leave them as two or three small blocks if they don't easily make one large block.
Here are more detail shots focusing on the joins between blocks.
This was the original ninth block. The stripe fabric and the small scraps add interest. The arrangement of the squares and (minimal) filler is much improved. Why isn't it in the top? It was too quiet. So I replaced it.
Enjoy the day,
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Both colors of squares overlapped much better in this block. You can see where I added different greens and browns when the originals ran out.
All three of these fabrics are leftovers from Propellers and Planes.
See the triangular wedge of filler to get one section to fit? Including scrap bits is getting easier.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
|Zig Zag Log Cabin|
|Back of Zigzag Log Cabin|
|Back of Zigzag Log Cabin, Detail|
|Zigzag Log Cabin, folded|
|Hitchhiker pattern by Martina Behm|
Enjoy the day,
Saturday, July 4, 2015
|New York Beauty blocks on point|
Now the fabrics include blues and even some yellows and purples. I think it looks much better but perhaps it just looks more contemporary. Popular colors change over the years as well as the pattern printed on them. Many of my older fabrics have a mottled background - lighter and darker shades of whatever color they used. Current fabrics tend to have solid backgrounds. My older reds are almost neon while the newer ones are happier and more clear. (Can you call red "soft"?)
Most of the multicolored fabrics have colors of similar value. After much consideration, I added a light fabric printed with large white, pink and red roses. Very pretty but a strong value change within one small piece. Then I made a big mistake: I centered one of the roses in the middle of the template. Do you see it below?
|New York Beauty with "centered" rose in the background.|
|New York Beauty with large multicolored rose fabric cut off center.|
|Betsy Ross house|
|Christ Church, Philadelphia|
|Wineglass pulpit, Christ Church, Philadelphia|
|Models of postal worker uniforms in the Free Franklin Post Office|
Linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social.
Enjoy the day,