What I see depends on how I look at it. Or what I'm looking for. Or what I expect to see. How about you?
I appreciated this quote in The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. She said,
“We rarely see the things we don’t expect to see.” Which is mostly true for me, but also, when things are out of place, I notice them but when everything's in the right place I don't notice.
And I thought this short video showing the selective attention test was fun and interesting. Talk about seeing! I missed everything except what I was looking for.
So this brings me back to the blocks at the top of this post. What do you see first? Do you see hourglasses or pinwheels or something else?
In the back of my mind, sometime in October or November last year, the idea of an hourglass quilt surfaced, no particular colors or fabrics in mind. It seems Januarys begin with my deciding I have too much of one kind of fabric and that I need to make a quilt with it. This year it's the plaid shirts, below, all so similar in color, with similar plaids. (Have you ever noticed that the lines in most plaids are stronger in one direction than the other?)
Last week I cut some triangles to make 5" blocks and decided they were too small. I cut some more to make 6" blocks -- just four to begin with. Who can tell whether to continue with only four blocks? Not me. So I made some more. And now I don't know whether this quilt's a go or not. I'm imagining the possibilities -- same pattern all over (think cabin-in-the-woods kind of quilt), or colors/plaids grouped to form a center medallion with color changes for each successive border, or groups of blocks with a border around them. Or maybe even a narrow border between each block. Who knows where this will go, or if it will go at all.
I hope you'll please leave a comment and tell me what you saw first in the photo of these blocks. I'm trying to have one pattern stand out more strongly than the other.
In other quilting news, I've been diligently hand quilting the maple leaves. I should have taken it a little more slowly to help my fingers adapt after not quilting for two months. I'm taking a few days' break just now. I've also been trying to imagine a quilt for a baby girl and haven't settled on a pattern or colors yet. I need to do that soon if I want to have it finished by the beginning of May!
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I hope all is well in your world!