I have this quilt laid out, ready to cut and stitch the sashing and cornerstones. But then I wondered: Will doing the corners this way work? It seems to me like it should but then I'm still relatively new to quilting. Is there some problem coming up that I'm not aware of?
I've been eyeing the blocks over the weekend, in daylight, in dark, thinking about the arrangement -- lights, darks, inner sashing, etc..
On Friday or Saturday I asked my husband if he would look at the quilt and tell me what he thought. He didn't volunteer so this morning I asked again. Our conversation went something like this:
"I think every quilt you make is wonderful. They're amazing."
"Thank you. But what about this quilt? Is there anything you notice?"
"Well, I see that red one in the middle."
"Oh," I said, "which red one? Aren't they all red?"
"They have red I in them. The one right in the middle. That one stands out to me. I like it." You probably can't tell from the photo but there is no center block. The center of the quilt will have a cornerstone. I was wasn't sure which block he meant so I pointed to one.
"Yes, that one." And then he said, "I don't know anything about quilting."
So I talked about the range of reds from light to medium and dark, and about the light lights and the darker lights. I talked about placement of blocks and explained about center medallions or blocks evenly spaced across the quilt. I told him I often missed details. My eyes just don't pick them up until after the quilt is finished because in progress, I'm just too close to the quilt. I asked him what he saw that I might miss.
Pointing to one corner of the quilt he said, "Well, there are several purples all together right there."
"Purple?! There's purple in this quilt?" I looked to where he was pointing and found several burgundy/maroon blocks not far from each other. As I rearranged the "purples" he drifted away and the conversation ended. We've had similar conversations about reds and oranges. He'll point to something that I clearly see as orange and call it red. You never know what another person sees.
I know the photo's not the best but seriously, what am I not seeing in this arrangement of blocks? (There will be blue sashing between the blocks and cornerstones of dark gold.) If you make scrappy quilts how do you decide the arrangement of blocks? What do you decide first? What do you look for when you arrange/rearrange? (I'm still a novice here.)
Thanks for any thoughts you have to share.
I'm linking this post to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework. Thanks for hosting, Cynthia.
P.S. There's still time to link to this week's Quilty Inspiration. Please do link a post. It's a link-up that I hope will succeed. I think the inspiration behind a quilt is such an interesting part of the quilting process.