On a good day, parenting will test the integrity of your character. On a bad day, parenting will test your will to live. Parenting children with trauma histories will cause you to test the integrity of everything and everyone you thought you knew, for the rest of your life.
~J. Skrobisz

Thursday, July 29, 2010

quilt pictures

no RAD talk today, just pictures. This is the spontaneous project I've been working on the past week. My intentions are to make a hanging wall quilt for every month to display in our dining area. This project is "August". The fabric quarters were in a jelly roll I purchased from Hobby Lobby. The green is a slightly darker shade than the walls.

The sandwiched quilt panel

The 16 piece 4-square block is "Jewel Box"
I'm disappointed with the points of my half-square triangles. I didn't fussy cut them on the bias so the fabric stretched and shifted making it impossible to stitch through the points. I had to pin them to force them to match the size of the four-patches which meant some of them puckered and gathered. ugh.


ANYWAY...
When the blocks are sewn together without posts and sashes, the Jewel Box block is missed and instead the eye focuses on the unintentional star pattern that emerges.

This accidental star block can be avoided by altering the dominant color scheme or by adding posts and sashes - I just like the mosaic look of this better and the visual variety. If you continue to look at the panel, your eye trains on many different emerging patterns.

I'm still deciding but I think I will stitch in the ditches and then put a floral pattern in the blue 4-squares and half-square triangles.

8 comments:

Erin said...

So pretty!

velvetpage said...

That's lovely. I like the fact that you can see the jewel box and the star - I like deep patterns.

GB's Mom said...

Talent!

Bren said...

Beeeeeautiful!!! Lots of quilting variations to choose from!

MomInTheTrench said...

I don't know what all the technical stuff means, but that is a gorgeous quilt!

Beth H said...

It's funny you said you saw a star patter! I saw a lattice pattern! My mom and I quilt and we made one similar to this and I believe my mom quilted on the diagonal! Like through the middles of the light blue blocks. Then you could do the floral on the darker blue square/diamonds. Just another idea! It is beautiful! Please post pictures when it is quilted!

Integrity Singer said...

beth: thanks. i was thinking of that too. I just haven't decided what part of the block I think is the most important - how do I want the viewers eye to be drawn to the patterns? When I answer that question, I'll know how I'm quilting it.

501 Quilt Blocks said...

I love the unintentional star! I like the idea of making a wallhanging for each month. (PS. I love my daughter too!)