Saturday, September 29, 2018

Designing with Half Square Triangles

The blocks on the design wall make me happy. I had no idea they would look this good. The mix of warm solids float on blue and green strips. My last red quilt was the watermelon quilt and that was years ago.

{Of course} I'd made a few extra blocks, so I added them as a partial block border around the center.

Testing HST border around center block

It doesn't inspire me.

For some reason {probably because the fabric was there} I made more HSTs thinking a four block quilt would work. Think of Princess Feathers and other large appliqu├ęs. A four block design is a lovely solution. But not here.

A four block arrangement of HSTs

I don't like this at all. Too uniform; colors and sizes have no variation. {This from the woman who made so many Chinese Coin quilts. They always contain similar size strips. Go figure.} Also, it needs a border but then would be too large.

Now I have a huge amount of these HST blocks. At least they aren't Chinese Coin columns. Is morphing them into a new {but unnecessary} arrangement progress?

On the 20-minute front, I'm still quilting Color Study Chinese Coins and hope to finish soon.

Color Study Chinese Coins still being quilted

Enjoy the day, Ann

20 comments:

Julierose said...

I like the diamonds formed by the solids when you re-arranged these HST's. Perhaps when it's actually sewn together you will feel better about it. i hate when that happens after so much work on piecing...happens to me a lot!! i still have a quilt flimsy hanging in my closet that I really cannot get excited over....;000
Your quilting looks lovely...hugs, Julierose

gayle said...

Maybe throwing in some really narrow sashing?
Love the HSTs! Looking forward to your solution!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I see a variation to what you showed in the four block photo. Instead of four big blocks, what about a single off center bullseye arrangement radiating out from one of the four blocks? Lots more movement in that version . . . just a thought.

Kaja said...

I too love this colour scheme (you have a lot to do with the fact that I now like red in quilts); it manages to be warm and fresh at the same time. As for the arrangement of the blocks, I know you'll get it right if you keep playing.

LA Paylor said...

Ann, this is a wonderful discussion. Why something doesn't work. I love the simple arrangement in the top pic, just the few red triangles create a strong unified graphic, but so many of them make it chaotic. My mind can't make order of it, like 25 loud songs being played at one time in a small room. LeeAnna

Ann said...

Making larger diamonds is a good idea. Thanks, Julie.

Ann said...

I need to work on that, too. I’m pretty sure it needs dashing but trying to decide where.

Ann said...

I’ve used that arrangement with bow ties and liked it. I’ll have to try it here. Thanks, Julie.

Ann said...

You’ve taught me about improvising incongruent blocks, Kaja. I want something that keeps this color scheme front and center. That’s what really attracts me here. Thanks. I think it needs more time, too.

Ann said...

Thanks, LeeAnna. I’m glad you got the point. Not everything works out at first. We just need to verbalize all our needs and then put our minds to work.
You stated it so well: the first photo is graphic but the others are loud, incoherent, messy.
I’ll keep working.

Janie said...

Yes, the what ifs and maybes are fun to discuss. And your colors are beautiful.
I hate to admit this, but sometimes I'm in a mood to be
loud, incoherent and, gasp! , messy. Kind of like a stormy day.
Too much 'matchy matchy' stifles me.

Ann said...

I'm usually loud and my work is messy but I do like to pull some coherence from all that. I think that's why Scrap Vortex never works for me. But I don't like things to match too much either. Ah, well. We all work to the goals we ant.

Cathy said...

Hmmmmmm.....
I think you will have some fun trying out a few different things.

Ann said...

Thanks, Cathy. I think it will be fun.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

I love this part of the quilting process.. the playing.. the questioning... there's no rush. I can see/hear that you want cohesion but not too matcheymatchey? I love the colour combo, the possiblities are endless here, I look forward to seeing where you end up. And have fun!

Mystic Quilter said...

Beautiful water melon colours in the solids and the setting to please you will be just around the corner!

Ann said...

Cathy's 20-minute advice really helps me slow down. I think the results will be better for these regular periods of reflection. Yes, I want cohesion without perfect matching. I, too, was surprised how well these fabrics combined. The strips didn't seem so turquoise when first cut. They are very happy colors to me.

Ann said...

Thanks, Maureen. I'm sure this will work out. Considering multiple possibilities makes the process more interesting. We are fortunate to be able to take so many digital photos. They really help, don't they?

Millie said...

OK, as long as what's on my own design wall is so awful, I am fully qualified to comment on yours. (sigh). I think you have two ideas going on here, and they are both fighting for attention. As long as you separate your stripes from your solid triangles, you get the visual that one (solids) floats over the other (stripes.) You have a very strong hot/cold contrast going on, and there is no relief in sight, since both the solids and the stripes take up the same amount of space. In short, they're fighting. You need to figure out which one you love more and make that one the Diva. There can only be ONE Diva. The other has to be in a supporting role. It takes a lot of balancing to pull this off successfully, and that means one side has to give. Good luck my friend!

Ann said...

I agree they are too equally spaced, at least for this many blocks. Still messing around with it, thinking about sashing,etc. I’m sure it will work out eventually like your diamonds did. Thanks for the pointers here.