Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Paper Piecing Continuation--Door #1, Door #2, or the Llama?

Choice A

Choice B

My two part dilemma: The puzzle of paper piecing is getting easier, I think, but color choices, because I'm really trying to stick by the color wheel with this project, are not so obvious. I have been trying to repeat four shooting stars with a split complementary color scheme here. 

Complementary colors would be directly across from each other on the color wheel, but a split complementary is just a little different. Red is on the one side of the wheel (think of 12 o'clock), and then go directly across the wheel (which would be 6 o'clock), but you don't use that. Use the two colors that flank it (5 and 7 o'clock). 

The aqua was easy, but the second color is a yellow-green. My problem was which yellow-green? I initially used the pale, but it didn't wow me. I dug through the stash and found this brighter green dotted with blue, which I think ties in the aqua. Now I can't make up my mind. My youngest daughter's advice was no matter what a color wheel says, your eye sees it better, and sometimes you just have to wing it. I like that. I haven't sewn it up yet, and would love to know what you think. Which one would you pick?

A personal note: Some of my friends ask if I do anything else besides quilt. Why, yes. I visit shops, buy fabric, attend guilds... Just joking, but I'm sure it seems like it sometimes. Actually, we have a very full and busy household, and I do try to balance my hobby with family. It can be a tug-of-war when a project is calling, but maybe today I'll change out that plant by the front door I've let die. 

Would you like to meet some of my family? We have a few hay burners that live with us, and I'll introduce you to everyone's favorite.

My daughter has this lovely boy, Misha, a 2 year old llama with the world's sweetest disposition--unless he's jealous. If he's in the mood, he loves to zoom in to smell your breath, and sneak in a kiss. Misha was very sick all of last winter, and at his worst point weighed only 125 pounds. He battled ulcers, red blood parasites, and a heart murmur. We hand fed him for 2 months, gave him daily injections, and he pulled through only to be diagnosed with megaesophagus. It means he has a floppy esophagus inside the body cavity, and food has a hard time travelling through this area. He can't eat hay, and my daughter grinds his pelleted food and feeds him with his front feet up on a platform so his upper body is elevated. Otherwise, he risks vomiting and choking. He's now over 200 pounds from this regiment. Give her a cheer! This week she's setting up a hydroponic fodder feeding system to supplement him this fall and winter. Though he's not directly in my care, he does take his fair share of time as a special needs animal. 

Llama kisses are free, but beware the breath.

Come on, Doxie girls.
Get on the stick, and let's go mow. 
The sewing is over for the day.

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