Tuesday, September 30, 2014

petal progress

petal progress

Once upon a time this glorious image inspired a detailed fabric pull demo for my Color Intensive class.  I'm so glad to finally be cutting into those fabrics for a new Gathering Flowers quilt.  This time I made only 4 large flowers, planning to float them in lots of low volume white, cream and spring greens, like the first fresh shoots and bright blossoms that announce the weather's changed.

petal progress

Only... sometimes I'm not at all sure it's working! 

There seems to be a phase in nearly every quilt I make during which I lose my way, or at least my confidence.  Today as I pinned fabric chunks to audition on my foam core design wall, it felt more weedy bed than spring delight.  Maybe that's because I am trying to design this quilt specifically to look good on a twin sized bed, which can effect how well it looks on a design wall?  Possible.  Overall it feels like too much background, not enough flower power.  Says the girl who loves pink.



petal progress

Alas, I'm on a deadline.  Often I give myself a bit of breathing room, when things aren't clicking, to sleep on it and see what I think in the morning.  Instead, I've been working furiously today to make progress.  I think my petal path has improved, but won't know for sure until I put it on a bed. 

So....I'd like to have this in the mail on Friday.  Gulp.  Wish me luck?

22 comments:

  1. Good luck!

    If it were me, I think I'd switch out some of the line art prints. I think they draw attention away from the flowers and might be contributing to the "lost petals" feeling. I think the hummingbird fabric is lovely, and it looks like you're going for a de-saturation towards the bottom, but it draws my eye away from the flowers. Just my 2 cents. I concur that it will look different on a bed, and it's a small suggestion, anyway :)

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    1. Although, looking at the same fabric in your second picture, the pink is coming through (I didn't even notice it in the full wall shot) and makes it look much softer. Hmm...I guess I'm not much help :)

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    2. Well it does help me feel more sane for being indecisive =)

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  2. I'm sure it will be beautiful. Far be it from me to second guess you on color choices. :D

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  3. My first thought was "this is getting pinned!" I love it. I know all too well about the phase in a project when you lose your way. It happens to me every single time and I'm always caught off guard. I'm excited to see how this turns out, though, and I can't wait to make my own!

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    1. Oh, thanks, Mandy! What a relief to know it looks ok to fresh eyes.

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  4. Wishing you luck (although you won't need it). I think everyone goes through the self-doubt in the middle of a project - stick with it and trust your gut is the advice I always try to give myself. I'm sure it's going to be fabulous! :)

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  5. Rosemary B here:
    Adorable
    Love the colors. Love the flowers. I can't wait to see it done.
    Soooooo cute. Your niece will love this, I know it.

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  6. You've probably finished this by now so my input is no doubt a mute point. ;) However, on the off chance that anything I say might help.....I find myself not "seeing" the flowers because my eyes are drawn to the background. Don't know if it's because there is a lot of background or if it is the prints in the background. I'm sure it will turn out wonderfully no matter what you decide. Best wishes!

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    1. I agree, Dawn. Before I stitched things I ended up adding more solid or almost solid backgrounds. I struggle to do truly soft, gentle things. So, this is not there, but maybe close =)

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  7. For what it's worth, I think it looks great!

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  8. Good luck, and personally I think it's looking beautiful. Maybe a scrappy, pink binding would enhance it too???

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  9. The flowers remind me of stepping stones so I think it's true to the "petal path" namesake. I'm not sure about the background... you probably already have it all sewn together... but I think i'd do more of an organized large scale patchwork. I think the randomness of the sizes of background pieces make it a little more busy and maybe draw the eye away from the flowers?

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    1. Good thoughts, Liz. Although it's too late for me to change things that much, I appreciate how your suggestion has me thinking for future projects.

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  10. I have to agree with the others - the flowers themselves are gorgeous but fighting for attention because of the background fabrics. Have you looked at "Flight" by Birch or Moon shine by Tula Pink or I am getting ready to use Wallflowers by Allison Harris pattern 37103 which would be wonderful too. Just some ideas, by the way I am cutting my fabric today for Angles for the Lone Star...wish me luck.

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  11. How about adding some small flower appliques that echo the shapes of the big flowers.

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    1. Oh, that would be so sweet if I wasn't rushed for time. Darn.

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  12. I think it'll look better when the green is falling down the sides of the bed. Sweet quilt- with two boys I miss out a little on the girly things! :)

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  13. I think it 'll look fantastic on a bed! Good luck as you finish. It's beautiful!

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  14. Oh, I go through this every quilt! Personally, I think it will look lovely on a bed. I think what it needs is binding. My experience has been whenever I feel lost about a quilt, the right binding anchors it. Maybe pink binding will make it feel settled? Good luck! The quilt is in good hands! :)

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