Friday, January 29, 2016
No Peacocks but One Squirrely Fabric
I devoted several hours today to playing with circles on stars. I was trying to avoid peacocks -- stars that are too bright or showy or draw attention to themselves above any other block. Some blocks have more contrast but I don't think I have any "show-offs." Do you see any? (Because I'm not using Lighbox, you can click on any of the images to enlarge them in a new tab to see more detail, then click again to enlarge again.)
Every star is a different color but I notice that red seems to want to dominate as the layers are added. I've begun to sew circles but I know I'll keep looking and evaluating as I sew and change as I go along. That's a wonderful thing about applique.
There 36 blocks. The challenge is deciding whether to set them 5 by 7 blocks, 6 by 6 blocks, or whether to make more stars so I can set them 6 by 7 blocks. Using 2" sashing and a 4" border all the way around, the 5 by 7 set will finish at about 71" x 94". Set 6 by 6 it will finish at about 82" square. I'm not hugely in favor of square quilts but 94" (with blocks set 5 by 7) seems on the long side for a twin quilt. On the other hand, a 6 by 7 block setting will finish at about 82" x 94", about queen size. Hmmm. (Yes, one other option is to set them 5 x 6 blocks and have it finish at about 62" x 82".)
This is the squirrely fabric. What color would you say it is?
At the end of today I had these arrangements.
I suspect this one will get changed tomorrow.
Of course, none of the circles are sewn yet. I'm sure some will get rearranged tomorrow.
These circles in stars make me think of wool penny rugs.
I'm linking this post to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework. Thanks, Cynthia!
Happy quilting to you!