When one gets tired of sitting, one stands!
When one stands, she may as well be cutting and kitting up something – after all, that takes little to no effort, right?
Besides, color and texture is extremely good for the eyes, the spirit and the soul.
So cut out, I did.
Boxes of gifted scraps have gone a long way into making their path into recent quilts, and it is so fun to find a place for each piece.
I have received some questions when working with small blocks and choosing fabrics…
“How do you pair fabrics so the design isn’t lost or looks muddy?”
It’s a viable question! Something I’m not sure I do consciously, but there is a method to my choosing in what goes next to what.
H in Progress!
In this example the H itself is a busy little print, which means I need high contrast between it and what goes up next to it.
The neutral I used has BARELY a pattern and it is a geometric rather than another scattered floral print.
I’ve paired it with a nearly solid marble.
In this one example you can see I’ve got three things going on ---contrast in color, contrast in scale, and contrast in pattern ((nearly solid, busy print, geometric))
Very rarely would I put two florals together because they kind of run amok and blur the edges, especially with tiny patchwork.
If something is a busy big print – I would use it only ONCE in the block, and pair it with something more solid so I have a defining edge of where the block design stops and the background starts.
Trimming this one!
Square in a square units are ALWAYS sewn with a bit larger triangle than is required for me. There is a lot of take-up in the overlap where corners of triangles cross other corners and they tend to fall short if I do them “mathematically correct.” I am using the 1/4” line on my Easy Square Jr to sliver trim the excess.
In this block, I’ve used a busy Kaffe fabric as the H –so the surrounding triangles are once again more of a solid in this case a melon colored fossil fern. I used a white backgrounded star print as my neutral. it’s more geometric and scattered. Again, 3 different things: Color, Scale, Pattern.
If your blocks are muddy, give this a try! Too much printy printy printy will give a mushed up effect.
Yesterday’s trimmed samples again:
These all have very BUSY H’s so the surrounding parts are not.
Some of these H’s are NOT so busy, so their surrounding parts are a bit busier and bolder. I just am careful to not put a big and busy with another big and busy.
And so I cut sets – All Afternoon!
Baggied and ready to fly!
I didn’t even count how many are in here, but I am sure that there are more than enough to keep me busy while I am in Oklahoma!
This morning Sadie and I are packing up and heading home. But first….a lovely Buck Mountain Sunrise walk:
Good Morning, Mountain!
Let’s go, big girl!
Hurry up, Mom!
We’ll be home before noon with any luck.
I’ve got packing to do.