09 Mar Sew Solid Sunday #3
Subtitled: A lesson in value and reality.
I’ve had this stack of pretty pinks in my stash forever. For this month’s Sew Solid Sunday, they just had to become a spring-y mini quilt.
I haven’t worked with triangles in a while so I thought a mess of half square triangles in all those lovely pinks would be perfect. My idea was a garden of pink tulips, a little navy for a night sky (love pink and navy!) and a bit of green for the leaves. I matched my pinks randomly other than avoiding putting the same fabrics together and started sewing. I excitedly put them up on my design wall and….no. Too much chaos for me!
In my rush to dive into that pretty pile, I forgot about value. We have all been taught that you need light, medium and dark for a quilt to work. In a quilt with more traditionally pieced blocks that is definitely true. In this case, however, I wanted the “flowers” to have color variety, but still feel like a garden. Too much value difference makes it feel chaotic. I should have narrowed the value range, either darks and mediums or mediums and lights.
Rather than start over, I rearranged the blocks to group similar values together as much as possible. Grouping the values gives the quilt a softer feel which is more what I had in mind. You’ll notice that the green didn’t make the cut either. It ended up feeling distracting to me and not harmonious with the rest, so I left it out.
So, this is the (almost) finished quilt. To be honest – I am not in love with it. I thought that adding some free motion quilting would add to the organic, garden feel, but I am not happy with how the quilting came out. Now, my free motion skills are minimal at best and I was hoping a bit of practice on this quilt would help. Part of the problem, I think, is too much quilting. I’d like my free motion to be, um, free-er. Looser. With better flow and larger. I didn’t bind the quilt because I am considering taking out the quilting and trying again. Although part of me says, call it done and move on to the next project. So perhaps this is the “keeping it real” edition of Sew Solid Sunday 🙂 I can’t say I’m not a bit frustrated that this quilt didn’t work out more like my idea but I have learned to put these quilts in the “nothing ventured, nothing gained” column.
Whether the quilting stays or goes, I think I might bind it in a slightly dull green. Not too bright to distract from the pink and blue, but enough to add to the garden idea.
So how have your solid projects worked out this month? I hope they have all been brilliant successes!