Essem Sween on

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Finally, I achieved 'pop' with my stars.

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Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 taught by Amy Gibson

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Category Quilting
Type Quilt
Style Casual, Traditional, Classic
Essem Sween on

When I looked at the blocks so far (you can't see the ones on the ironing board) I felt that there were too many 'dark' blocks for it to be balanced so I really changed the emphasis on this one. I dithered for ares about whether to make the centre star this lace or the 'white' lace print. But Amy's comments that the fabrics should all be contrasting stopped me putting another black&white print in here. I'd like some honest opinions about whether this works or not, can you see the stars? Thank you in advance for taking the time to help me out. xx

04/06/2014 Flag

Regarding your double star block. It totally depends on the look you want to achieve. The block (with what looks like a gold and black print in the picture) invites one to look more closely. If you wanted to achieve crisp contrast, replacing the gold/black print with the background fabric would do it. If you leave it as is, do as Amy suggests, be sure to balance the weightier blocks when doing the final layout. It will be great! Love the diagonal layout of the Hexie block!

04/14/2014 Flag

I like the colors you have chosen , they look really good so far. You will have a rich ,classy looking quilt .

04/06/2014 Flag

Thank you Scrappy. I appreciate it.

04/07/2014 Flag

I have absolutely no credentials to help you, but I sure do like your blocks. When I made mine I moved my blocks around until I got seasick! I even left out a couple as they did not meet my standards (which are very very low). LOL I hope you realize how lovely this really is.

04/06/2014 Flag

I know what you mean, the thing is I've discovered I'm a really SLOW sewer, it takes me ages to choose and cut the bits, never mind sewing and pressing, so balancing the fact it took me a whole day, against the wobbly bits that started out square and became 'blobs' (how does that happen?) I try to look at what's right rather than what's wrong, but on this one I really needed another pair of eyes, so I Thank You for taking the time to message me.

04/07/2014 Flag

Hi Essem! I remember being right where you are with the same dilemma. At this point the 'heavier" blocks like the wonky log cabin and spider block made things look out of proportion to me. I was amazed to find how block placement, the addition of sashing, and a border made it all come together. I love your black and gold fabric. Its so elegant. If you have enough try laying out your blocks on a large piece to see how using it for sashing would look. As for your two stars I prefer the center with the most white. It provides the most contrast. If you're not happy with the center square you could fussy cut one and replace it. Another idea you might consider for sashing is to "frame" each block in its own contrasting fabric. There's no rule that says all the sashing has to be the same. As Surfside6 said lay out your blocks, move them around take pictures, sleep on it. As others. My hubby helped a lot.I really look forward to seeing your final quilt. Its going to be gorgeous :D

04/15/2014 Flag

It may not be perfect piecing, I have no idea how my flying geese manage to change dimensions no matter how carefully I sew, but, it's now perfectly popping when it comes to seeing the stars, phew!

05/07/2014 Flag