Friday, August 14, 2015

Pink Latte in progress

Pink Latte in progress

Progress on my herringbone quilt didn't start off too smoothly.  Yes, even with the best laid plans (i.e. that long and considered fabric selection process), my first herringbone block was not what I had in mind.

Oh, you thought that only happens to you?  Nope!

Pink Latte in progress

Here's the block before making my changes.  After giving it some thought, I decided the block is too cluttered.  I want to create a luxurious, pretty quilt with a calm, cultured personality. This one is feeling more granny chic - also a good look, but not what I had in mind.  I decided I shouldn't use both of my dark value prints (the dark navy and bright coral fabrics) in the same block.  They distract too much from my inspiration print.

Pink Latte in progress

So what does it need?  Solids, of course!  I added a healthy dose of Kona Parchment, Kona Sky and Kona Oyster to create visual space that calms down the work. 

Pink Latte in progress

And here we are!  I wonder, can you see the difference between my original test block (shown above on the design wall) and where I'm at now?   It feels a lot more zen to me.  And see how the dark value prints are just sprinkles?  Now they don't take over the work.

Pink Latte in progress

I'm happy with my pink latte progress!  Perhaps a favorite feature is those diamond intersections developing horizontally between the block rows.  I adore the extra dimension!   It's not something I originally planned for, but a little shift of the blocks did the trick.

Patchwork surprises.  Gotta love that!


25 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your process. I love the changes you made and additions of the solids. I tend to forge ahead too quickly on projects and would have many blocks made before recognizing the need for an adjustment. For me, this was a lesson about pausing earlier in the project.

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  2. I do like the change and those diamond blocks do add some zing. The solids make it seem brighter but I wonder if it is the difference in lighting in the first picture.

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  3. Good for you to notice! I’ve learned to take pictures of my progress, because I see ‘mistakes’ better in a picture than in real.

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  4. I can definitely see the difference and I really like your final decision - a thoughtful and good one!

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  5. I'm more into bright colors usually but I love this one !

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  6. Your blocks are gorgous and yes zen. And the little diamonds create a fun secondary pattern. I often forget about solids or sort them out at the start (I do this with precuts I almost never use the solids in there) but I love the calming effect in your quilt.

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  7. So interesting to see this progression. With a quilt like this I guess it is hard to really envision what the whole thing will look like as you make individual blocks. I wouldn't have thought about that. I'm really enjoying reading about your process.

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  8. Sometimes it is nice to hear that even a quilter like you doesn't get it just right the first time. :) Your revised quilt is very calming, but interesting too. I like it.

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  9. Being able to look at the visual impact of various fabric combinations is the fun part!

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  10. I love the low volume calm feel its has and the sprinkles keep your eye moving. It's going to be beautiful!

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  11. I love your blocks. They do have a luxurious feel to them which is something I have never considered in a quilt.

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  12. I like the changes. I decided a few days ago to try a herringbone with a jelly roll I've had lying around forever. I had also decided to add some solids to break it up a bit so it is very nice to see what the solids are doing for your thoughtful selection. I look forward to seeing your finish.

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  13. Beautiful! I continue to learn from you. Thanks!

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  14. I love the name :) And although I might have missed the original "busyness", once you changed it, I could see and feel the difference! Well done!

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  15. Looking great Rachal! I agree that it really needed some solids in there, and just a sprinkling of the dark.

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  16. Beautiful! I think the striped pink and cream fabric (and the equally clever cutting of it) really brings it together. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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  17. It's got like a 3D tower effect going on! I liked it when I saw the tutorial but I LOVE it now that I see the diamond thing going on.

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  18. The addition of the light colored solids was the perfect choice. Now it is a lovely peaceful quilt.

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  19. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Cant wait to see it finished!

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  20. I am trying so hard to get fabrics together for a zen feel for a quilt I want to make. It's so difficult for me. Thank you for sharing your process.

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  21. I love the changes you made by adding solids. It's looking great. And I love the diamonds in the middle.

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  22. This is really pretty Rachel. Yes, I do think you are amazing.

    My parents are driving me nuts. Sorry, I just had to get that out.
    I just do a little bit of sewing every day.... plod along. You inspire me, Your projects make me happy. So, I know that you are enjoying it.
    I love how you share your progress.
    love and hugs from me ♥️

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  23. This is amazing, Rachel! Just perfect!<3

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