Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Fox Lands

The pink flower, the words "the quick brown fox" and the fox panel are all sewn together. The bird on the flower and the two blue butterflies are a separate panel and haven't been sewn to the fox panel yet.
Next up, figuring out where to place the words "jumps over" and the dog. Once that has been decided, the various flowers and extra goodies will be determined.

Here's the problem. I hate sewing into, or out of corners, and I hate too much "negative (or empty) space." As you have seen, the words "jump" and "over" rise and fall. I'm gonna have to do some finicky sewing to get them in no matter what.

The problem is, where should the dog be? In the middle? (top photo) I'm not sure I like the fox landing on the letters.Should the letters (and the dog, since the dog seems to look best directly under them) be pushed a bit to the left? (middle photo)
Or should they be pushed WAY over to the left... (bottom photo) not sure about this at all.

If I have too much on the left, then it looks heavy on that side, and empty on the right. Your eye will look at it, and see a "problem." It should "read" as a whole unit, and make visual sense.

So I'm wrestling. Comments and opinions welcome!

Note: The words "the lazy dog" seem to really need to be in one line, under the dog. I've tried moving "the" after "over" and it just looks dumb. They also need (the quilt tells me this) to be centered under the dog.


Kucki68 said...

I like it in the middle and think it makes the fox look like it will take off again right away. You might try a gentle curve for the jumps over and the dog, that would keep the movement and have no edges to sew into.

Cherie said...

I prefer the layout in the middle photo because it looks like the fox is clearing the dog in that one as opposed to landing on the dogs tail end in the first photo. How would it look if you brought "jumps" down just a bit in relation to "over". The gentle curve idea mentioned by Kucki68 sounds like a good idea.

Monty Q. Kat said...

Centered. Senior pooch needs a bone, and maybe a snail nearby to show how 'fast' he's going. ;)

Jeanne said...

I love the finished part. I especially like the bird and the two butterflies. Keep going, it's looking really swell. Love, mama Jeanne

Susan said...

Does it look too goofy if you put it like this?


I'm sure you've tried that and discarded it already....

I agree the fox needs to "clear" the dog. And idea of a snail? Adorable!

I'm sure you'll hit on just the perfect solution, Lynne. It's coming along so wonderfully!

Quiltdivajulie said...

My unscientific opinion: I like the middle photo best.

Do not like the bottom photo.

Enjoy the wrestling match!

NeverBored said...

I guess I'm the only one who likes the last photo; it looks like the fox has easily cleared the dog who is oblivious to the fox's presence. I also like the idea of some empty space to the right of the dog for the fox's landing.
Whatever you do, I know it will be great in the end!