Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sizzling Strips - Reserving Judgment, #1


This project is from Margaret Miller's "Strips that Sizzle." I am reserving judgment on this arrangement. However, I can see more depth (my goal) looking at this photo rather than looking at the arrangement in person.

Also, it has a different look if you turn your head sideways. Actually sideways was the correct arrangement because I was copying the layout of Wanda of Exhuberant Color, with permission. That dark strip on the outside has an interesting effect on some of the blocks.

For those who don't recognize what these block are, each one is made up of two triangles. Each triangle is made from a strata in either blue/turqoise/lavendar and pink/rose. These two colorways range from light to dark in value (I think this is my problem), and each block is called light or dark, depending on the amount of value in the outer strips. There is a careful plan to this ayout.

There are a myriad of possibilities for the layout. Taking a photo is a wonderful idea to remember earlier plans.

Patience and determination are requirements in the designing process, to carry on with a project when first efforts aren't quite what you expected. It would be easy to just pick it up and put it away as a PIG (Project In Grocerysack), but now I am going to figure out what's right/wrong.

The light blocks, especially in the upper right, are too light, but I included them just 'to see'.

14 comments:

Nellie's Needles said...

Puzzling out where each block goes is the fun part ... even when it's frustrating and feels like a whole lot of work. Can't wait to see the arrangement you end up with.

Joyce said...

I also enjoy the designing part of quilting. I like the PIG comment. I guess we all have a few of them.

Morah said...

I'm in awe because the patience part in not in my vocabulary. I have another friend that also likes to fuss and futz around with layout and design. I try to be a bit more like you guys. I only go so far until my impatience takes over again!LOL! Looks good and I can't wait to see the final setting.

Jodie said...

Looks great to me.
Jodie

Lindah said...

Interesting 3-D effect! I see it and then I loose it and then I see it again! Almost like a hologram when you tip it back and forth. Lovely colors, too.

Canquilt said...

I think it will be fine. Once you have more with the dark in them, it will probaly work. You also haven't got a flow because it just stops due to the lack of blocks. Keep going, it will be fantastic.
Lorre

Twila Grace said...

I think it will be a nice quilt! Wanda's quilts are so beautiful; she is such an inspiration.

The Quilter said...

Maybe if you disperse the clump of lighter blocks in the upper right hand corner and add a few more of the darker squares there, which visually "sink in" from the surface of the quilt, you will like it more. The squares made up of two rather dark trianges do seem to recede visually and add a lot if interest. Can't wait to see the end result.

atet said...

This is one where I really can't wait to see the results. It's beautiful!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

I love the colours and the general effect, would be great fun playing with the arrangement, could post a few different ways it could go so we get to enjoy the arranging as well!! Tracey

meggie said...

I love Wanda's quilts, & this is one of her ideas I badly want to try. I even went & bought a ruler to use.
I love your lovely bright colours.

I have some PIGs, but hadnt heard them called that before! LOL

Berglind said...

It looks very nice, I can imagine it was realy fun to make and see it happening

Eileen said...

I'm with you, Elaine, the camera always looks better than the eye.

Keep playing it will all come together. What a project.

Lynn Dykstra said...

Hi Elaine,
I am so glad you are doing this technique--I love this book of Margaret. It looks great and will look even better put together.