Saturday, December 9, 2017

Decision Day!

I made two decorative trees for the Holiday quilt. No reason I can't use them both.

I made a gold asterisk, and stuck that up there, then tried to connect it visually with the gold present at the bottom. I did not like it. Nope, nada, not at all.  As soon as I set the birds down the other night I knew the asterisks wouldn't work with them. But you know me, I have to TRY it to be sure because hey, sometimes weird stuff DOES work.

And no matter HOW I rearranged all the trees I couldn't find an arrangement I liked. Finally I thought. F*** it. I designed the damn thing with one column of trees on either side and only three boxes.

So I got rid of all the extra stuff and took a step back.  Yup. This is it. The extra trees were cluttering up the design, and the gold asterisk and gold box were unnecessary. Limiting the number of trees also allows you to see the decorative trees better. The design is simple and clear, and communicates everything I wanted.  This is it. Now I shall fill it all in with my usual variety of White On White fabrics.

15 comments:

Nancy J said...

I like it, and less is better.

Silverthimble said...

Lynne, this is going to be one fantastic quilt! Thank you for sharing your creative process with us!

Dorothy Finley said...

I LOVE it !!!! I agree with Nancy J--less is better :-)

Eat Sleep Quilt said...

Love it! Fantastic layout.

Ann said...

Yes, I like be to read about the process.
The decorative trees add a lovely touch in the forest of plain one. Fewer presents and no asterisk also improve your design. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

Love the candy cane tree!

Quiltdivajulie said...

You are definitely right about less being better for this project. Clean and simple - conveys everything you want and more. WOOT!!!

Elaine M said...

Lovely, so much better, I was thinking it was a little crowded. Maybe a table runner or place mats with the extra trees.

The Selvage Fairy said...

Knowing when to stop is a skill on its own.

Anonymous said...

It's looking lovely! Love the simplicity.
(Just a thought--what about the asterisk between the birds? It's such a nice asterisk . . .)

GailM. said...

You know, I loved it before and after. I so want to make letters and words like yours. Does your PDF give instructions on that.

Janice Smith said...

It’s coming along great! Thanks for sharing your proocess.

Caitty1 said...

Stunning! Thanks for the advent calendar!
Deb

Sewgirl said...

You have an amazing eye. I liked what you had but love what you have now. And LOVE the candy cane fabric. Where did you find that?

Sharon said...

I agree - it is just right now! You have such a good eye for design. And what a fun Holiday quilt!