Blocks Are Together
Design Process seems to be my theme this week. I like hearing how other people make design decisions, and it actually helps me to share my process with you. Your feedback is another component to it, and I enjoy listening. The one thing that keeps resonating back and forth is design can't be rushed. I'm glad to know you put things up and take them down, too, waiting for inspiration.
I think the negative feelings expressed about Works In Progress (WIP's) are far over-rated. I have many, and will bet you do, too! But waiting for an idea to surface is showing patience--not procrastination. It's not rushing forward to get it done just to say you did it.
Before: Blocks Placed As They
Without too much thought, these blocks were placed as they were created. My only criteria was good contrast between them. A few were moved around, but only one was actually sewn into a whole block. Depending on the many block possibilities this process can produce, I waited. Also, the design I finally decided upon uses both right and left blocks. Though the placement above looked okay, I took some pictures with my phone and used a tonal filter.
You can see above that there is an incomplete cross forming in the center from the darker tones. But the far left block, second from the top, is too light. It may be very subtle, but switching it with another block made a difference.
Here you can see the quilt with that block switched out with one from the top right corner. Again, it's a subtle change, but look how much better it develops the cross.
Sometimes we see something we just like because it feels good to us, but we don't know why. That's the designer's job--to add a secret touch without making it obvious to the viewer. I think it's the best part of good design, and why waiting is worth it.
I'm not sure as of yet to add more to this as it will be a usable quilt. It's 64" square, and not quite convenient for a twin stopping there, but a part of me says it's 'enough'. We shall wait and see a little longer.
Come on, Doxie girls.
It's time to go sew.