Friday, March 11, 2016

crafting a Still Point

Since I showed you my first block after facing down the y-seams, I've been working in earnest on this Still Point in a Turning World quilt.  But I had to start all over again, actually, because that first block didn't work out, color-wise.  It was beautiful, but busy.  Here it is again:

facing down Y-seams

Mixing so many different shades of blue and white, so many patterns and values obscures the patchwork possibilities somewhat.  To make this quilt all that I want it to be I need to restrain myself to a more controlled color scheme.

crafting a Still Point

Can you see the difference here?  It's a sharper dark against light.  And, actually, the farther away you get from the patchwork the more the design pops, twists and dances into so many different patterns. There are big, even stars and squished stars.  There's a pinwheel fan surrounded by shaded squares.

crafting a Still Point

To use all my pretty true blues without obscuring the patchwork pattern, I'm going to divide and conquer.  The pale aqua will make a very still point from which the different blues will radiate:  midnight above, cobalt at the sides and dusty blue below.

crafting a Still Point

On my design wall this minute I'm building out the diagonal where cobalt and midnight intersect.  Piecing these blocks is perfectly delightful!  My favorite part is trimming each one to an exacting 8.5" square.

crafting a Still Point

I think you'll have to take my word for it until I get this finished and can present it at a distance. I know from all the time I spend staring at it - instead of sewing it! - that there's a lot to see here.  (Can you spot the squished stars in the blocks that now appear "on point"?)

I'm looking forward to having a bigger work to show!

22 comments:

  1. This looks amazing. I can't wait to see the finished top.

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  2. that is very interesting. I don't think I have ever seen the "sqished star" ever be so prominent in that design before!

    It will be beautiful when you finish the whole thing!
    glen

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  3. Just beautiful - love those colors, like the sky before a snow storm. Very striking and crisp looking.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it does look so stormy. Interesting how blues are both calm and stormy.

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  4. This is going to be a beautiful quilt, Rachel! I love the decisions you are making with color.

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  5. I hope you kept the original one -- it is cool, nice pillow maybe?

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    1. I plan to put the first block on the quilt back!

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  6. Absolutely amazing. I love what you did and I can see the design -- although I can't wait to see the whole thing. Brilliant!

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  7. It looks so beautiful! All those y-seams, wow!

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  8. Wow! That's beautiful! I'm looking forward too!!

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  9. I'm not familiar with that block. Beautifully done Y-seams! After looking at the blocks for awhile, I start to see an on-point block.

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  10. this is a masterpiece, Rachel.
    Just wowie

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  11. Pretty quilt, like all the different designs you can spot.

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  12. It looks amazing Rachel. So full of life.

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  13. Wow! Love it, with those amazing secondary designs.

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  14. Love this block! LOoks great. So crisp!

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  15. I saw the squished stars first. Love this design.

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  16. Loving this one! I could look at it all day!

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  17. Wow, I thought I loved the test block, but the ones with more contrast are even better Rachel. I do see the surprise of a "squished" star, LOL.

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  18. I just bought the Blue Bird collection, too, and I am in love with every one of the fabrics! And I like your pattern very much. It brings out the best of this fabric. Will you be selling the pattern, Rachel?

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    1. Thanks, Carola! Yes, I will be making this into a stand alone pattern. Hopefully before fall!


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