Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pink & Yellow Disappointment OR The Importance of Contrast

Finally, I decided that enough is enough. I NEED a design wall. Off I went to our local fabric store and there I found some 274cm wide flannel in a natural color. Knowing I wanted to mount the flannel directly to the wall above my sewing machine, I needed only 1.6 M to do the job. I straightened both ends of the cuts and hemmed all sides. With help from a friend, we pulled all the stuff away from the wall and stapled the flannel to the wall under my magazine shelf. FINALLY, I have a design wall!!!! It cost me all of  $15.00.

First things up on the wall are the blocks for my pink and yellow quilt. Well, a bit more than half of them. I knew my wall would not have enough room to accommodate a full size quilt all at once. BUT, seeing those blocks up there... I am feeling quite disappointed with this quilt. The inspiration for doing this design and color choice came from Hanne's Quilt Corner and a quilt she made . I loved her quilt the moment I saw it!

When I made my first 4 blocks, I had used just two fabrics for each block. I decided I wanted it to be more scrappy (like Hanne's) so I took those apart then went right ahead and made ALL the blocks mixing up all the fabrics. When I look at it on the wall now, it looks like a scrambled mess to me. The chains through the blocks are not showing up because of the lack of contrast in the blocks. MAJOR disappointment. I am thinking now I should have gone with the original blocks using 2 fabrics per block and making sure there was a good contrast between the colors in each block. I am unsure now if I even want to finish this quilt. Picking out 72 blocks would be a HUGE task but, it would be one way to salvage this mess.

Stash Report for Week 2

Used this week: 0 M (Not counting the fabric to make my design wall)
Used Year to Date: 8.25 M
Added this week: 0 M (Again, not counting the fabric for my design wall)
Added Year to Date: .9 M
Net used for 2010: 7.35 M

5 comments:

  1. Nice design wall. I wish I had a space for one. So for now the floor will have to do.

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  2. I like your quilt. It seems great the way it is.

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  3. But now that I looked at Hanne's, I see what you mean. If you don't like the folk-art scrappy look you have (and I do), I guess you have to rework it. Karmen

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  4. I love your quilt. The contrast isn't as obvious as in the other one but I love pastels and this has more of a pastel look to it.

    I am sorry you're disappointed in it but to me it is beautiful. This proves that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.

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  5. Are all your blks sewn together like the 4 patch in the smaller photo - or is that just how you have them sitting - so all the blks are still loose?? The reason I ask is - if they are still 'singles' then don't use the patten you are working on - move them any ol' way you want.
    Now, if they are all sewn into the 4 patch, you can still move them around till you have more of a design you prefer - but I also like this quilt. I like it's softness, it's warmth, it's peaceful feeling...... I understand your dissappointment, but it's not a bad project at all. I definitly would not be taking it apart - that is alot of work...... but, you need to do what you need to do to make it right for you.

    You have made a great wall though!! Good friend to come and help, and you have a wall at a great price!!

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