Saturday, January 23, 2016

Testing blocks again

  This is a second try on the stacked strips block.  I put the light in the center surrounded by darker values.  The corner pieces are part of background....and I kept it consistent using only one fabric.
  Result:  It is blah to me and not what I was going for.  It is that "background" fabric that is too consistent with no blending.  I want the block to be noticed but I do love that blended look.

  This photo shows the second try at the top....and the strong/stark block.  The lighter values in the center are better.....but I am not liking the background.

  At the bottom for comparison is the first block with the dark in the center.  It is very muddy and the block disappears.  I also do not like the striped effect that I used for the sashing here.  That has to go.

  So yesterday I made some adjustments.

   I removed 3 of the corner pieces on the second block with the lighter center....on the bottom now.  Much better, as I can still see the block but it is softer with the new corner pieces.

  Second adjustment was to  try different fabrics for the sashing piece.   Both of them work....and I will mix in whatever else I find in the stash closet.
  Result:  This is more of the effect that I was after....a softer, blended look.   I want the block to be seen or noticed but not jump out at you.  I like the edges to blend and fade into the background.

  Now I am ready to slice up some very special fabrics that I have been saving for a while.    And a binding to attach....almost to the finish line with one  :)   Happy stitching. 


  1. Wow, I keep going back and looking, the differences are amazing.

  2. Thank you for sharing your process. I love the way it is evolving.

  3. I know how hard this is to achieve. The difference between the background color and the first row has to be seen, but not too much.

  4. I love learning how other quilters arrive at their final designs. Thanks for sharing your process with us. I love where this is headed.

  5. I have always admired colour wash quilts and the patience so obviously needed to make one -your blocks are just beautiful.

  6. You are persistent, and the results are worth it!


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