Saturday, April 12, 2014

Triangle Quilt Along

I love the look of triangle quilts, so when I saw this quilt along hosted by The Sassy Quilter I couldn't resist. I chose fabrics from my stash in my favourite colours:

Then I cut them into LOTS of triangles:

Still all was going according to plan. Then I started laying out rows on the design wall. Larger of course, I always make everything larger. But, oh no, it didn't look good. In fact I hated it. 

Now I can freely admit that I have a love/hate relationship with choosing fabrics. I love the idea, but I don't think I'm good at it So frustrating. It never looks original and eye catching like others I see.

So I looked at the Flickr page for the Triangle Quilt Along to see how everyone else was doing. You should look, there are some stunning fabric combinations. I can honestly say, I liked everyone's quilt better than mine! I tried to see why, and I think it is because I'm drawn to bright saturated colours and the eye needs a bit of a rest from this. It was nearly all mediums. Even the greys were still mediums. The dark turquoise and dark red helped, but I wanted some lights. I don't have any pale florals, in fact I have very few florals at all. So I pulled out a white crosshatch and cut enough to put two blocks in each row. I also added a print with a white background.

Here is the result:

 Unbelievably better! I wish I had a "before" picture to show. I'm amazed at the difference.

I would be pleased to hear any ideas to better my fabric choices. I've read lots of theory, but it seems that trial and error is my way to learn!

Till next time,


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pottering Along

I've posted about my Harry Potter Bookshelf quilt lots of times. It's not my oldest WIP, but I'm determined to get it finished very soon.
The blocks are 10 inches, so I'm doing 6X6 with a row on top of the bookcase, and feet at the bottom.

When I counted my blocks, I'm really close, another two blocks should do it.

Here are my latest blocks:

(you have to be a bit of an HP fan to get what they are!)

A framed picture of Dumbledore

Mad Moody's Eye

The Sorting Hat

A Howler

It was my month in the Stars in Their Eyes bee, so I asked for blocks for this quilt. My Bee-mates were awesome!

I can't wait to start laying out these blocks!

Linking toWIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced