I’m in the process of designing a little quilt top. Before Christmas I played around on my newly acquired EQ7 software and bought half metre lengths of four Kona Solids to put my design into fabric. This past week I’ve pieced and stitched together nine blocks using the ‘tube’piecing method.
I played around on the EQ7 a bit more and came up with an idea for a border…
This morning I cut and stitched the inner 1¾” magenta border around the blocks.
I made twenty-four 3″ diamond in a square blocks. I stitched these to alternate plain blocks and put the whole lot up on the design wall. Hum! I just didn’t see the same effect I’d got from looking at the computer design.
The design wall version didn’t work – I think the diamonds in the border took attention away from the central blocks and there didn’t seem to be anywhere for my eye to rest. I tried mocking up a narrower border between the central blocks and the diamond borders – a bit better but still not right. I found it interesting that the computer designed border I liked didn’t translate well into a fabric ‘hardcopy’. I shall have to build in an expectation that there will be instances of ‘back to the drawing board’, allowing a project to evolve both in the software and on the design wall.
After trying various ideas on EQ7 and on the design wall, I’ve settled (for now at least) with a narrow first border in mustard, surrounded by a broad border in the magenta. I wonder what I shall do with those unused diamond in a square border strips?
This evenings job will be to unpick this mornings magenta border from the central blocks and try the narrow mustard border… Only trouble with this plan is I don’t have enough of the magenta fabric to make a broad border… Another trip to the fabric shop…
My word for this year is ‘venture’. After one week I feel: challenged as I venture into designing, accepting that not all my ideas are going to work and may result in some lengthy unpicking (ho!hum!); happy that venturing back into free motion quilting practice has brought some unexpectedly positive results – my confidence is growing; willing to accept that many ventures come with a medium to long term time frame – giving opportunities to practice patience and persistence 🙂
I may have mentioned I have a cold (see yesterdays post all about the common cold!)? Today I missed the monthly craft group I help to run. It was definitely best to keep my sneezing and coughing at home but I missed seeing the ladies and catching up on their Christmas and New Year news.
Linking with Judy for some inspiration at Design Wall Monday.
Allison (drowning in a sea of balmy tissues!)