Moving right along..................
..........the focus fabric for each block has now been selected and the final arrangement has been decided.
Even though I'm now doing more piecing that I have in years and years, honestly it's still not a construction style I enjoy very much. I'm one of those organized, tidy people who does best in a controlled atmosphere. So, after the initial test sewing of two blocks, I methodically continued by cutting and preparing all the units for each block.
As each section is stitched, it's paired with the rest of the block parts on my design wall. Chain stitchers will be rolling their eyes for sure but this is what works for me.
I don't use published patterns, choosing the head banging process of making one-of-a-kind quilts instead. Over the last couple of years I've gathered up a small file of Japanese designs that might become the foundation of a wall quilt design. This mirror is an example.
The idea for this current piece is an offshoot of a Japanese room divider I saw on a TV show....unable to take a photo, I quickly sketched what I remembered.
Clearly I didn't get it quite right. As the 2nd vertical row was completed I suddenly realized my 'oops' moment. Can you see what's wrong?
Yup....I'll either need another row or remove the lowest horizontal row. DANG!!! Why am I not really surprised? The phrase 'can't see the forest through the trees' comes to mind. I'm THE most directionally challenged person you'll ever know. Even after living here for 14 years, I still need to bring written instructions on how to drive to some friends homes, despite being there over a dozen or more times. Some ask why not use GPS.....same reason...when that unseen person tells me to 'turn right in 500 feet', she may as well be speaking a foreign language. I can't differentiate between 100 and 500 feet....but if she said 'turn right at the shell station on the corner'...hey I can do that!
So, really this unexpected design issue shouldn't have come as a surprise to me. Very humbling as usual. I aim to keep my finished pieces in specific size categories to best fit the gallery spaces I have available. Now I have to alter that to make it larger or smaller. Good thing we are having a car outing today with friends so I can delay my decision.
AND...before you ask.....did I draw the quilt out on graph paper (as many quilters do)....heck no....I guess there may be a bit of free-spirit in me too!