Today, I played around with the units I had pieced for this quilt, added where I needed to, and got it all put together. I know this would have been more efficient if I had done it all on graph paper first, but I wanted to enjoy the process of putting it all together on the design wall. I like that it is not all square within a square and that there are surprises here and there. I also really like the ways the colors are playing nicely and bringing out the design in the focus "ugly" fabric. I decided, however, that it needed some more purple. I can almost hear the rapid intakes of breath, "Purple with red?" It will work.
Once I got the purple up, I spotted a wonderful piece of fabric in a stack for another future project, and pulled it to audition for an outer border. I think it is just the right thing to pull it all together. The red and gold really do match those I have already used, but it is hard to see in the photo. Presently, the center is 38" x 40". I would like it to be a little bigger, so I will add the 1" purple, and 4" of the plaid. I hope to get this one put together and off the wall tomorrow. I stopped work on it today to start another challenge project.
For the April challenge on Modern 8 Create, we were supposed to take a photograph of something around the house, and crop it to an interesting place. I took this while I was at Willa's and have been making small sketches for a small quilt ever sense. I didn't want the quilt to be quite so symmetrical, or brown, so . . . . .
I took my small piece of Kaffe Fasset Targets, figured out how to cut the yellow, and machine appliqued it all together. I was going to try and piece it, but these curves were a bit more of a challenge than I was looking for. I like the way you get to peek through the "fence" to see something fun and exciting in the distance. I want to keep that feeling going as I add a bit more color to this piece. It is going to sit on the wall for a little while longer until I can figure out the next step.
The sun is shining here in the Pacific Northwest. The peas are very happy. The strawberries have flowers, as well as the blueberries. The lettuce is finally growing a little. Our robin is making hay while the sun shines. It is a beautiful day to be living here.
Joyful quilting, everyone.