Sunday, August 3, 2014

Indecision and adjusting

I have been playing around with my Snowbirds batik project and finally decided on a pattern for the appliqué I wanted to include. Yay, I feel my appliqué mojo returning at last! This block is from a medallion quilt by Lori Smith. I knew I wanted something with birds and after spending several hours unsuccessfully trying to draw something myself I found a pattern in my stash. It wasn't quite what I thought I wanted but I actually quite like how it came together. Now for the indecision and adjusting. I always cut out and glue up my whole block before I start stitching so I am satisfied with the color placement before stitching. I then take a photograph of the block and look at that to make sure I don't see anything I am not happy with. Here is my first final version of the block.

I thought I was pleased with it until I looked at the photo. A lot of brown running in the center. Changing one piece helped with that but the photo revealed another issue.

Now because of that light color under the top flower it appears to be floating. I like the color but it is just not quite working for me, so I tried again.

Ok, I think I am happy with this version. The flower is now grounded but there is not too much brown. Much better to me. What do you think? Of course, I may end up changing it yet. Often my final test is posting it on my block for one final review!

 

13 comments:

Bev said...

Ohhhhh! That is just gorgeous! The colors are just scrumptious. Just beautiful! XO

moosecraft said...

Gorgeous! Love the dreamy blues of this fabric line... and it works so well with this quilt!

Julierose said...

Oh I love that final version; the darker blue and fewer dk browns--you were so right. I never thought about mocking up a block like that--just sewed on...but I totally see why you do this. thank you for the most informative post. LOVE that block, so old-fashioned looking...hugs, Julierose

Julierose said...

P.S. glad your mojo is back--you applique so beautifully.

Debra said...

LOVE this! Make me want to run to my applique patterns and batiks. Looks GREAT!

LuAnn said...

Hi Heather Catching up on what you've been up to since you've moved. Looks like you are getting back in the swing of things with all of your beautiful projects!!!!

Kyle said...

Love the batik colors you've choosen and enjoyed reading your planning and thinking process. It's going to be beautiful.

Karen said...

Looks great, these colors are really wonderful.

Karen H said...

This quilt is going to be gorgeous. Blue and brown is a fabulous colour combination. Your centerpiece is going to be beautiful. It is amazing what a difference a small change can make!

Anne Marieke said...

I love what you are doing with this. The colourway is gorgeous.

doitrightquilter said...

Absolutely on the right track. I would suggest that you do a border around the Medallion - A dark turquoise to stop the brown from mixing with the browns in the blocks. Does this make sense?

Still love the colors!

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