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Thursday, October 1, 2015
I made a lot of those little diamond four patches and threw them up on the design wall. The more I looked at it, the less I liked those big dark diamonds - the ones with the wavy design - even though that fabric was my inspiration for the whole quilt. There are no sacred cows. If a fabric doesn't work, it's gone.
So I covered them up with some of the leftover big diamonds, and I liked it a lot better.
So I cut up another big print and moved stuff around, and yes I like this. I didn't like the dark medium-sized diamonds, so I removed some of those.
A little bit more shuffling, and more filling in, and I had this just before I went to bed. I like it so far, though I won't really be sure until I have all the empty spaces filled with something. I know what I want the shapes to do, and they're not doing it just yet. And hey, I might put back some of the stuff I took out. We'll see.
For those of you who are looking at this and thinking.. "Yes, but the shapes are not defined... the colors blend together... you don't see the individual pieces..." (And my least favorite: "there are no big blank spaces for fancy quilting designs..." Um, not in my quilts, pal. I'm the star of my show.)
You are right. I do not want this to look like a lot of individual pieces sewn together. I want the viewer to see a dance of color. THEN I want the viewer to notice all the shapes are diamonds, and THEN I want the viewer to notice the different sizes of diamonds, and that they keep making more diamonds. THEN I want the viewer to notice the vertical rows of little diamonds, and THEN all the different fabrics. When I decided to call this quilt "Diamond Tapestry" that's exactly the look I was going for.
Like I say, I have a lot of work to do, but it's the kind of work I like doing.