We're on the home stretch! I hope all of you are farther along than I am on our challenge. I lost a lot of time when I was sick and when I fractured a rib. A month seemed to go by without getting anything done. But somehow I've been able to pull it together and put together a composition I'm pleased with.
Last weekend I snapped a couple of pictures. At the time, I was emotionally attached to the idea of having a few lighter backgrounds on a couple of blocks.
Here, none of the blocks have been pieced. I simply folded the background fabrics into rectangles and pinned the pieced blocks (flags) on top. I still have a few flags to finish as well. Although I had others completed, they were not quite right. Either they seemed too small or the plain square of fabric was the wrong color. Here are a few design thoughts I had when I was considering color placement:
I knew I had to place a yellow square in the upper left corner. This is where our eyes first enter a composition, so choosing the lightest color is the best choice.
I wanted to start with my darker, but still bright blue in the background. Logic told me I needed to try the lighter blue as well. Right now, I like both. Does the contrast of yellow to the darker blue provide more punch than the lighter blue with yellow? At this point, I can put both blocks together and make a decision later. Since the yellow flags face in the same direction, they are interchangeable until I'm ready to piece the columns.
I flipped the placement of the gold background and tan background. My original placement of the tan on the right edge lead the viewer's eye out of the composition. By moving it nearer to the top left we now see it earlier and it helps guide us into the composition. Since the gold is darker, it stops the eye from leaving the composition when placed on the far right. We now go back into the composition and see some of the colors and details we missed in our first overall glimpse of the quilt.
The darkest color, black, is a natural for the bottom right corner. It stops us from leaving the quilt and bounces our eyes back up and into the composition.
As I said earlier, I know the light background colors are not really working. But at this stage I'll piece some of the blocks I am happy with. Let's face it, I still have a few days until I start putting the whole thing together.