Monday, November 19, 2012

An ongoing distraction

In July, I saw this post and thought this would be a great way for someone as anal retentive as I am to make an improve-like block. I so admire them, but can't loosen up enough to be very successful.

After making a few blocks with scrap strips, I thought about making a striped quilt with applique in between. Good plan if I didn't want to finish it. Maybe a medallion. Then I remembered a very, very old UFO using similar colors.

Thank goodness I left myself a fabric legend.
This particular UFO was from a guild challenge. We put the names of quilt blocks, colors and objects into a hat, and five were drawn that we had to incorporate into a wall hanging. Green, orange, frog, mariner's compass and something else was drawn. I had about half the compass, which I'd drafted myself, done.
Why did this become a UFO? Because I drafted the pieces way too small for success.
Years later, I have learned enough to understand this.
I finished the rest of the compass, but it didn't really work with the other blocks. Colors were right, but not the tone or scale. The compass, despite it's poorly matched points, does not work with the improve ones.
Then I found a block I'd made of leftover half square triangles. I sashed it in dark blues, and then couldn't decide if I liked it or not. I left it on the design wall for a long time before taking it down and putting it away.
This weekend, I saw this post, and decided to make a few star blocks with scraps. The colors I pulled reminded me of this summer's medallion attempt. I've pulled it out and am staring at it again.  

I don't think I like the center. I could make another, but not sure of what I'd put in it. Suggestions welcome. For now, I'm leaving this up to ponder my next move while I sew more arcs. Those arcs take a long time. Three days of quality sewing time, and I am only three-quarters of the way to having enough for a second block.


regan said...

I actually love the compass in the center.....I think it looks awesome with the improv piecing. Maybe it just needs a really great border, or two, between them. I've been seeing a lot of medallion quilts lately, and the ones with many stacked borders are really intriguing! Good luck! I can't wait to see what you decide.....and I love these colors, too!

Maureen said...

I agree with Regan. The mariners compass looks great with those strips. I like the other two photos, too, but love the compass. If you decide not to use the compass but don't want to put it back in the UFO pile you could put it on the back. Always fun to have something neat on the back.