Thursday, May 24, 2007
"Know When to Fold 'Em"
Kenny Rogers sang something about playing Poker, and "Know when to hold 'em" and "Know when to fold 'em" ... Sometimes things do not work as planned, and it's time to do some quick finishing on this little quilt and fold it!
I went with the Spool arrangement (the block on the right, below), even though the strips went the wrong way. First error. It draws the eye to all those different directions, making things tooooo jumbled and confused. Also, the strings are each so bright and contrasting -- they don't blend. Recognizing that this setting was not working, I reduced the size of this project. I will finish it up and get on with something else. My efforts at auditioning borders didn't improve it a lot, but I believe that dark purple will make it passable. I won't call it a failure, I'll just call it ... uhhhh Done!
(hmmmm - what if I had used a dark color instead of a white for the half-squares? - should I try that???)
Look at this earlier successful turquoise quilt. I had alternated the light background between white and light blue. My strings were closer in value and they were mostly blue, turquoise, lavender. The quick corner triangles were also softer, and less "in your face"..., also in the same color families.
I was totally mesmerized from 3 recent delicious string quilts at www.quiltville.com -- couldn't wait to recreate one, but alas (old timey word!) mine didn't work!
I don't mind posting projects that don't work - how else can we learn from each other?