Sorry about that, folks! :c)
On to this post.
Remember my lost ipod from more than a week ago??
I have found the sure-fire way to find ANYTHING.
Order a new one.
I ordered a new ipod from Amazon – and no sooner did I pull it out of the mailbox than DH found the missing ipod between Shamu’s front seats.
It was wedged between the seats and the center console – and the stupid thing is I *KNOW* I went scrounging around out there for it. FRANTICALLY. I looked under and around and over and through those seats. The case I had it in is nearly the same color as the seats –and it was wedged between the seat belt buckle and the console and really looked like it was supposed to be there as part of the set-up.
But still. Here I was sitting in the passenger seat in the driveway – the amazon box on my lap, and the missing ipod being found and handed over. UGH!
The new ipod is going BACK to Amazon. Or maybe I should keep it as a spare?
Last night I was kitting up more Moth in the Window Blocks. I use the table side of my long-arm as my cutting table. See these strips and kit parts draped over the roller bars?
cut cut cut, pin block parts together – all ready for sewing on the go!
It was in the “putting-away” that I FOUND the missing stacks of blocks! So I have way more than I thought -- or, rather—I had as many as I thought I did and knew I was missing some!
I’ve kitted enough blocks to finish the quilt. What I don’t know is if I’m going to set these with or without sashings. I kind of like how they mush together here :c)
Which brings me to another topic. I have had so many people ask me about VALUE. Yes, I do play with value, but with this quilt, just like with the Easy Street Mystery – I’m playing with specific color families. To me the impact and interest of one color against another color – the contrast and intensity-- is just as important to me as value. When I am playing with color families, putting one color against another, the value thing happens automatically.
These blocks above are about color-on-color, not just about light/dark. But the light/dark still happens doesn’t it? It does. But it is the color-on-color that calls me first.
In the Easy Street Mystery, I’m playing COLOR FAMILY oriented. If your 4 colors are strong enough to contrast against each other and show against your background, it’s going to work.
For instance – in my purples – I have several different shades of purple –some red/purple – some blue/purple and everywhere in between. My purples go from a medium lavender to a dark plum or royal purple. So the differences in “value” which translates as light/med/dark happens WITHIN the color families. I don’t choose just one shade of purple, or one shade of green, or one shade of turquoise. They all have different values playing within the color families I’ve chosen.
Where it comes to my grey – there is less contrast, but that is going to work too. Trust me. Think of my lighter grey as a shadow. It has its place. If you’ve gone darker, that will still work too. I want you all to love your quilts!
I hope this helps some of you relax a little bit. I know I am unconventional. NO FOCAL FABRIC?! Egads! NO LIGHT/MED/DARK?? OH MY!
Play with me. You will see. If you keep your fabric choices color specific ((And BTW – the purple, green, turquoise and grey in the quilt are all interchangeable and would work in ANY placement order –see, it’s not about VALUE!)) you will love your quilt.
Emmy Lou, helping me test out the blocks.
Contrast and Color is sometimes more important to me than just focusing strictly on “Value” when it comes to a quilt with loads of interest to keep my eyes moving from block to block!