Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Just Add Color

Before I filled in the medium sized diamonds, I threw some of my leftover pink four patch diamonds on top of Dairy Cream just to see if I was heading in the right direction. I thought it was going to be okay. Nothing special, but I have learned not to worry if something is just so-so when I am barely midway through.

However.  After yesterday's post, my friend Mary wrote me, "How does your Mom see subdued colors? Notice how dark and vivid the pink quilt and hers are."

Um yeah. But I hadn't shown anybody the photo above, so although Mary's point was right on the money, I wasn't really worried.

Yesterday New Hampshire was affected by the big snowstorm. We got almost 20" of snow, and I worked from home.  All day.

During one of my breaks, I drifted into the studio and threw some of the colored four patch diamonds on the design wall, to see what they'd look like. They looked pretty good, but I could see I'd want more colors than pink. I chose a green, an orange, a purple and a blue. I'd make four patch diamonds with those.

Here it is really looking good, and it is taken while it was still daylight, so the colors are more true.

A few hours later (dinner, dishes, reading) I had this, and THIS I like a lot. It's not the same as Tickled Pink, but it's going to be lovely. It also reiterates something I said when I finished Tickled Pink three and a half weeks ago:
I have learned something about this quilt, and that is that the TINY diamonds will make or break this design. They - not the large diamonds - are the star of the show.
Knowing that little nugget of information helped me design this quilt.  And it must be a record for me. I started working on this design on Sunday, and as I write this it is Tuesday evening, so 2-1/2 days. It'll take me a week or so to sew it together - I have a trunk show to prepare for - but when I sent a photo to my Mom earlier, she was very happy and said, "It says Spring to me."

Remember you can click the photos to supersize them. That way you can really check out the fabrics I used. One last thing. This quilt was made completely from my stash.


Sewing Up A Storm said...

Your quilt before the pop of color in the little 4 patch diamonds was really nice but now it is totally elevated to awesome. Those little diamonds really make it sparkle.

Ann said...

I like this because the large diamond are printed like my mother's wallpaper. Love those big flowers with bits of bright added.

Bambi Pearson said...

Love it!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Ah, yes - your learning curve is really showing on this one!!!

karen said...

Gorgeous! Your momma is a lucky woman!

Pat said...

Those tiny diamonds make me think of wind chimes.