Thursday, August 18, 2011

Too much.....

Sometimes you get an idea and get too enthusiastic about it before you think things through.  Or you mock up a design on EQ and it looks fine, so you go ahead and cut out your fabric, but when you make a few blocks it's a disaster.  I'm in trouble here.  The EQ model looked fine.  (Thanks, by the way, to Moda for supplying .jpg files of their collections that can be imported into EQ.  It's a great help, although I don't think anything could have saved me from this mess.)

I had a fat quarter collection of Halloween fabrics that I picked up on sale last year.  At the same time I bought some yardage of one of the light background prints, the only one available.  I thought it would work even though the dots were very contrast-y.  I was going to make a quilt with a simple block.  I liked the double hourglass I used in the small Christmas quilt so I enlarged it, and cut the fabric and the fat quarters into 2 1/2" strips to assemble the blocks. 

Well, here's what I have when I made a few test blocks:
I just don't know.  Is it too much?  The light fabric is sooooo strong.  This would be better with a different light fabric but I already have cut out all this and made 8 blocks, and I don't have extra of the darks to scrap these blocks and start over.  I may have blown it and wasted the fabric. 

I have a bunch of 2 1/2" x 10" and 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" rectangles of lights and darks.  You make the blocks by sewing a light small to the center of one edge of a dark large, and a dark small to the center of one edge of a light large, make two of each and use the Companion Angle ruler to cut out your triangles from these pieces.  If I don't make this I guess I can salvage the unused strips and cut out squares or bricks but there would be so much waste.

Am I in a pickle, or should I just keep sewing?


Elaine Adair said...

No - not too much. Stand back and look again - it all blends to a light soft medium. I LIKE it!

Keep sewing.

BJ in TX said...

I like it a lot! But if you feel like it's a bit much, why not use a plain solid (white? Cream?) on ALTERNATING blocks - I think you will feel better about it and it will look great.

Again tho - I like it the way it is!

BJ in TX said...

I didn't mean an entire block of white - just use a plain white as a PART of each block, in alternating blocks. There! Hope that makes sense!

Linda said...

Keep going, I love it! I don't think it's too much at all. I think it will be great when it's done and you will like it too. If you don't, send it my way!!!