Sunday, October 26, 2014

Brights, Camera, Action!

Do you have a good friend who will give you honest feedback? (If you ask her if your derriere looks big in something, will she tell you the truth?) My mother-in-law is not a good liar, and she is very nice--so she tries hard to pad the truth. Sometimes she'll fudge it a little, but with enough coffee and chocolate I usually get a pretty good read--even with my wild stuff. She'll hem and haw, but I'll keep rearranging until she says it's better than the last one, and I take that as good.

Sometimes when I need to make design decisions, I value other people's eye. It's good to be able to have someone else out there to help you "see". Do you have someone who's good at this? It doesn't even have to be a quilty friend.

This top picture was snapped after we had been fussing with the blocks awhile, and I had thrown a bunch of mismatched grey strips in between blocks just to give us an idea of sashing. Afterward, I tried several different greys of all one color, and I was disappointed in how 'flat' it became. It went from 3-D to 2-D.

Not satisfied to just take the first one, we moved things again. And then again, and again! Here's another arrangement, and the original idea I had in mind when the wonky improv project started. Sashing only between rows, and slightly different colors again. No border planned.

We could make the blocks change position in each row by starting each vertical row with a different color, or work on a concentric arrangement, but I would need to make more blocks. That would be a pretty intense wall hanging, even for me. But, maybe.

will also tell you that since my design wall was full, I had to lay it out on the kitchen table. We both saw a big difference from when we just looked down on it, to when I took a picture, and we viewed it that way. All of a sudden we could see the dark grey stripes pop. Your camera can be your best friend. 

If you want to get an idea of the light and dark values, and your camera or phone has the ability, change the photo to a black and white. Now you have another perspective. All are valuable when considering how to finish it out.

I've garnered several other opinions, and moved a few blocks around, but time to get this project all sewn up. Hopefully, I'll have something fun to show you tomorrow. I can't wait.

I'm off to my little Eden.
Come on, Doxie Girls.
Let's go sew.

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