I’m progressing – I haven’t begun sewing yet – I’ve spent the past three days walking around the panel arrayed on my floor, moving a block here, changing a block there.
This morning I removed 8 HST with the bright blue with dots and remade them using some Stonehenge fabric (in dark blue and teal tones) which I bought yesterday. Then I placed them into the array. They register as medium in colour supporting the “bright” centre of the panel.
The “squareness” of it is now more or less gone. I have the light moving toward the bottom left corner. The adjacent panels will continue that colour movement. I’m now ready to assemble these rows.
In the meantime I’ve begun laying out segments to fit around this piece which bring elements of the medium and darker blue shades into mostly background strips and blocks. I have sewn a portion of one of the side panels and lain out two others. These pieces become constructed, more and more, from the background Sparkle fabric, until finally the borders just use background (fingers crossed I actually have enough – I ordered another yard yesterday just in case because I have a suspicion I will need more than I have).
I finally have a handle on the ratio I’m working with. My quilt will turn out 78% of the original (that’s because I changed 4 1/2″ blocks to 3 1/2″). Knowing that ratio now lets me construct the panels elements and borders which I intend doing after I sew the main centre panel together.
That’s for tomorrow.
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I love that! I often spend days or sometimes weeks looking at blocks, moving them around, and generally playing with components of my quilts, but I rarely decide to remake blocks that don’t quite do what I want. Sometimes I just decide to see them together in the hope that the process of sewing will magically transform not quite right into perfect. I have to learn from you and take that extra care. Your WIP looks amazing!
I didn’t want to remake those blocks but I knew if I didn’t I wasn’t going to be happy! So far I’ve taken apart and remade close to 30 blocks!
That is serious dedication!