#1 I forgot is how hard it is (for me) to sew together four blocks where 8 points meet at the corner so they meet accurately and lie flat after pressing. Whew! I haven't tried it with these but from past experiences I know it's a challenge.
#2 I forgot how hard it is not to see pinwheels or lozenges when hourglass blocks meet. It requires really careful placement. I haven't rearranged these blocks for that placement so who knows what you see.
To avoid both, I thought maybe I could separate the blocks with sashing.
But probably not black sashing. But if not black, what color? And maybe not sashing at all. A bad idea, I think.
#3 I didn't realize how light grey these plaid fabrics would look, especially when just looking at the fabric up close they look black and natural-to-tan in color. I thought they would look warmer.
Maybe I could turn the blocks so the triangles together form squares. That takes care of the pinwheel problem but there's just so much light grey! And now I have rows and columns. They remind me of Chinese Lanterns.
Or maybe I could makes stars (if I turn all the blocks in the right direction to form a star).
Or maybe not. Unless I do something different about the blocks beside the star points. Or maybe not, anyway.
As so often happens, I'm wondering: What was I thinking?!
The results of these blocks do not come close to the vision I had in mind when I began.
What do you
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That is tough to get them all to meet--(ask me how I know this, too!!). I do like that Star idea. Good luck with this...hugs, Julierose ;)))ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Julierose. I'm still playing, hope to decide soon.Delete
No sashing! I only saw pinwheels in your first photo. I love a good Broken Dishes quilt, yours is so pretty. Maybe....try oher colors oof the pik like a rose red, pale pink, etc?ReplyDelete
I agree with no sashing, Lizzy. I thought it might work and had to try it but nope.Delete
I'm still debating about the setting for these blocks. (I know I'm slow but we had a little distress in our family last week and I'm trying to motivate myself.)
I can't decide whether it needs lighter/more/different reds/roses/pinks/corals or whether it needs darker plaids. I made a few darker plaids to play with. We'll see....
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and observations. As always, I appreciate reading them.
I love the picture of turning them so the triangles form a line of squares. (The picture just before you start talking about making a star.) There is so much movement - it's just really pretty with the red as the square and the rest as it's accent. It just feels good.ReplyDelete
I'm still playing with the layout and possibilities for these blocks, Robin. When I arrange them to form squares I ask myself what the purpose of making hourglass blocks was because I could have just cut squares.... But I haven't moved a section of that layout from the floor, either, which means I haven't dismissed that possibility.Delete
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about the blocks. I really appreciate it. So often, others see what I don't.
So many possibilities. Isn't it wild how some quilts evolve into something we couldn't ever imagine. I like the configuration you say reminds you of Chinese lanterns. I know what you mean about a lot of gray but it seems very balanced to me and I think it's pretty, the different reds/pinks up against each other.ReplyDelete
Yes, it's amazing how quilts sometimes evolve, Cynthia.Delete
Most who commented also liked the "Chinese lanterns" layout. I still have a section with that layout on the floor as I play with other possibilities with the rest of the blocks (and a few more I made).
This part of making a quilt is fun and also challenging (sometimes beyond my abilities, I think!).
You have so many possibilities here, and whatever you do, it has to be what strikes your fancy. I am also drawn to the "Chinese Lantern" idea, but I like the blocks in any of the configurations you show here.ReplyDelete
You're so good about throwing the possibilities back to me with these blocks, Janet. I think this is the second time I've posted about them and I think I keep hoping someone else will see for them some vision I don't yet see. They just look so different than what I imagined and I guess I'm a little disappointed that the red is dominant (though thinking about it now, I don't know why I thought it would be since there are equal parts of reds and plaids! Ha.Delete
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.
I like those blocks. And i like the different settings, exept the one with the dark sashings, that one is my least favorite.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Kleine Vingers. The one with the dark sashing is my least favorite, too, and I've dismissed it a possible layout. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.Delete
I like pink and gray quilts. You can't go wrong with any of those options!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Joyful. I'm still playing....Delete
With all these reds turning the block to make squares is such a great look. I hope you go that way.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and observations, Imno. I appreciate it.Delete
I love the squares and am not bothered at all by the gray. But in the end, it’s your quilt. Will be interested in seeing what you decide on.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jennie. The squares seem to be the favorite layout of the people who have left comments. I'm still undecided, though there is a group of blocks with that layout still on the floor. We'll see.Delete
I love when you turned the blocks to make pink squares and then the checks of different grays and creams etc, marvelous look!!! Happy Quilting from IowaReplyDelete
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on these blocks, Melody. I appreciate it.Delete