Friday, October 19, 2018

The Final Push

I'd been burning the midnight oil working on this quilt, and I finally needed to rest so the last couple of evenings I have been reading and getting to bed a lot earlier.

I haven't done any sewing since last time, but I have been doing some rearranging. I needed some more brightness in the top section (the first rows I sewed together now seem too much the same), so I will replace some of those green trees with colored ones. Yes, I will remove the block and replace it. Yes, right in the middle of a quilt. You should all know I'll rip anything out if I don't feel it is working.***

I'm not a big fan of too much light/dark contrast at the edges or corners of a quilt, so the upper right and lower left corners have changed from light backgrounds with dark trees to something more middle ground. I know it looks dark in the pictures, but it really isn't quite that dark in real life.

I've also shifted the bottom row over to the right a bit. I didn't want two blocks of overlapping trees to be directly one on top of the other. And since I have taken this photo, I made another change. In this photo there are overlapping trees in each of the four corners.  Not anymore! I don't want this quilt to be too predictable, I want it to be balanced, but look random.

That, my friends, is a balancing act indeed!

***In my quilt The Black Box, I made every element at least twice. I made all the letters twice, I made the rays twice, and I made the box itself three times.


Quiltdivajulie said...

This is looking SO good - and if you don't need those four corner blocks with the overlapping trees, they can come live with me (grin).

starsthatblaze said...

Last Wednesday you said the light diagonal moving across the center of the quilt would change. It looks like the block at the left side of that line changed but not the other four. Of course more trees have been added so maybe it's not as noticeable anymore. I just was waiting to see what you did. You are brave to follow the adage you put on your blog a long time matter how far you've gone down the wrong road, turn back. I wrote that down and posted it above my cutting table.

Linda Swanekamp said...

I have enjoyed the whole tree blocks saga and it looks like it is narrowing in on being all tweaked and sewn!