Friday, January 27, 2017

A Few More Flying Stars and a "Lesson"

Thursday morning brought a bit of spare time to sew before I had to travel to my doctor's appointment. (there are too many of those appointments lately!)   So, it was obvious that I needed to make more Flying Stars blocks.  Of course with using the Layer Cake squares to cut up for the needed pieces, there were scraps.  Many of them were strips, so.....I decided to make centers of the scrap pieces.  Once enough strips were joined, they were cut into 4 1/2" squares to use as the center of the star.  I made two this way.  Here is the lesson:
Where are the star points?
Since there isn't enough contrast with the corner stones and the outer edges of the flying geese, the points kind of fade away.  I am thinking about ways that I may fix that by embellishing the block rather than deconstructing it. Or maybe I will just leave it as a humility block.  We will see. Lesson: take a good look at contrast before you sew.

Here are the Flying Stars so far:
If you look at the top row, second from the left,  you will see another "lesson" - all reds are not created equally. The red in the layer cake of Hello Darling is darker and "redder" than the red in Prairie.  The Prairie red is a bit pinkish.  It still works fine, but a truer red would have been prettier.

Clearly, more stars are needed for this quilt top. I like the one with the red background, so that needs to be repeated.

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Debbie said...

Good lesson to illustrate value and the importance of it in quilting. Yes, add some more with the red backgrounds and I do love the mixed one even if the reds are not exact. Don't deconstruct the low contrast block, include it. It gives the eye a place to rest :) Having a few of those included in a quilt gives lots of interest.

Jeanna said...

All of your blocks came out nice. I often struggle with getting the right contrast. I like what you told me once which was to take a black and white photo. Now if I can just remember to do it while I'm sewing.

Barbara said...

How did you make those two different reds work? They do, but whenever this happens to me, I can't make it work. This will be very, very pretty quilt!