Here’s what I got done this week. I’ve put together the centre section of my jewelbox flimsy. It was almost a fulltime job this week to get this far since Saturday when I was still sewing first cut strips together. The planning paid off and didn’t pay off. I wasn’t planning to make one facet of the big jewels solid purple but that had to happen to differentiate the facets from each other enough. The big print thing wouldn’t have worked at all without that. The little jewels were supposed to have more blue to go with the blue ceiling in the room. That didn’t work either. The stash just didn’t have enough bright with blue candidates to make that happen. What did work was arranging the little jewels so that lights were opposite darks where the rows intersected. I’d seen other jewelbox quilts where those intersections were too dark for my tastes. The other thing that didn’t really work was that the quilt was supposed to be more orange and blue. I may still be able to fix that with the borders that will surround the centre.
I guess I’m feeling a bit ambivalent about the result here. It’s finished, at least to this point, and I’m happy about that. I’m hoping to make the quilt match its destination a little better. That will improve how I feel about this flimsy. There some things I REALLY like. I’ll show some of these spots. To think I almost didn’t include this fabric, thinking it would make the whites a bit busy. Sheesh!
That’s the magic of quilting though. You plan and sometimes you get what you envisioned. Other times, you don’t but you MAY still really like what you’ve made. We’ll see when the borders are on whether that last one will happen.
I haven’t decided at all how to border this except a narrow one and a wide one. My class’s teacher was suggesting a different kind of prairie point but I don’t know if I will do that at all.
Update: The teacher at my class said that the purple in the diamonds needs a friend opposite,something strong. She said that using a single solid in a quilt top is dangerous, in that it draws the eye too much, being different. The purple does the draw your eye, no doubt.
Having worked so constantly on this all week, I was of NO mind to start undoing anything. By the end of the class, I was thinking, “Well, maybe.” Today I don’t know. She suggested that a few hours spent now, will prevent years of feeling less than thrilled with the result.
Tags: gemstones/jewel box