If you've been to an optometrist to be fitted for glasses you probably remember that he moves a piece of equipment in front of your face then slides lenses before your eyes and asks you, "Can you see better with A..." -- and then he changes the lens -- "or B?" Then, "B or C?" That's almost what I've been doing with these quilt blocks but for sashing width, color, and cornerstones. A or B? B or C?
I first thought this was the best option -- before I tried other colors. The blocks pop forward from the dark sashing. I only have a photo with cornerstones for this color.
Then I tried this blue and decided it was better than the brown. Scrappy blues in a close color range, about four or five of them if I don't have enough of any one. They have the sample cornerstones in this photo. (There are only a few plaids among all 40+ blocks so it's surprising that six are grouped together in this photo.)
Here I removed the cornerstones and placed blocks across the sashing to connect the strips coming out from the white stars.
And with a light background.
And again, without sashing. (Sorry for the color change. Different lighting. The true colors are about halfway between both photos.)
A or B? B or C? I enjoy this kind of "play" but sometimes I wish I made decisions more quickly. I often think my eyes and attention are attuned to detail which keeps me from seeing the whole picture (er, quilt) until it's too late to make changes. I see things now that I would have done differently if I'd really been able to see the finished quilt in my mind's eye. This kind of quilt play gives me an opportunity to make a similar new quilt and try out the other ideas.
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Design Wall Monday - September 14, 2015 at Patchwork Times
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Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
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