Friday, January 15, 2010

Goose in the Pond . . . . . .

In October I blogged about these little pink weights, see them setting all pretty and perfect and ready to do the job there on my shelf next to my tea cup? They're just so handy to keep fabric in place when sewing or ironing. I use them all the time.

And every time I used them it never occurred to me to wonder what was inside those cute little nubbins.......

But evidently somebody else in the house was curious about them.....

Now we BOTH know.... Gee Thanks Cooper!!

I've pieced enough of the little blocks that make up the Goose in the Pond center blocks of Toulouse to begin to wonder what is the best use of the fabric that I have.
(To see original pattern look below at January 8th post.)

You get to help me decide! There are three choices, the differences are subtle. The red seems a little strong to me but I'm hoping it tones down when all the piecing is done and the outer geese are added.

Choice # 1 - Identical blue HSTs in each corner, matching pairs of green HSTs .



Choice #2 - Blue HSTs still in each corner, but no longer identical, green HSTs also in same place but scrappy. (FYI, I only have 3 different blue fabrics and 9 different green fabrics)


Choice #3 - Scrappy, green and blue HSTs mixed up, no pattern.



So what do you think would be the best use of my Maison de Noel fabric?

Thanks!!
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20 comments:

  1. Cooper being ever so helpful. Looks quite innocent! LOL

    I like all three - does that help? :-)

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  2. Ilike the first one
    gives your eye a place to rest
    and shows off the fabrics the best in mho
    kathie

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  3. I like two or three. I'm thinking though if you only have three blues you should do three, way more possibilities for fabric placement which could hide the fact that there are fewer blues, though when you put the blocks together you'll have to watch closer to try and not have the same fabrics right next to each other, where with two you will have to have them touching more or less, I think...LOL this is too complicated for my caffeine free brain.

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  4. I like #2.
    I went from having a cat 18 years to a puppy and I'll tell ya its like watching a toddler..they'll put anything in their mouth..you gotta watch 'em like a hawk!...Cooper looks so sweet though:)

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  5. Gee, thanks so much Cooper for that helpful insight into making those wonerful weights. (OOPS, lol). Now to the choices for the Maison de Noel, I think that they are all great but #2 seems to be more pleasing to my eye. I think it is because it is both random and structured at the same time. (does that make any sense?) Anyway, it really did catch my eye more. I also might try switching the placement of the blues and greens on 4 of the 9 blocks for a little bit of change up in the overall layout. But I never know until I see it layed out on my design board. Things often change completely when I get them up there where can get a really good feel for the finish. It really is a beautiful pattern and I love the fabrics you chose for it. I can't wait to see the finished piece.

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  6. Choise number 2 is my favorite...seems to be most people's too!

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  7. I like # 3...I'm a scrappy person. Very, very pretty.

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  8. I vote for Choice #2 - I call that "controlled scrappy."

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  9. I like #2. The same color in the corners give the block an even look but by using different fabrics it adds variety. Similarly with the green. Some of the green has a lower value so by putting them together as in choice #1, at times a corner will look lighter than the others giving it an unbalanced look. By mixing up the HS triangles it will balance things out and add variety to each block. The blue has the same value among each fabric so mixing them up is not as important but by placing all blues in the corners it brings the whole block into view because your eyes are pushed to the corners. I find that when the green is put in the corner your eyes fall off the edge of the block. So definitely #2.

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  10. Keep it scrappy but not too random, if you know what I mean. #2
    You don't want to go all organized and make the corner squares all the same when the rest of the block is color-uniform but scrappy.
    That Cooper. I tell ya, he and Ozzie would be a great pair. He has such a goofy look in his eye. You know he loves you.

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  11. I like #2 as well. I LOVE that adorable little "rug" you have your little pink gutted weight sitting on!

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  12. Cooper is too funny! Don't you just love him? :)
    I like #2. It's going to be great either way!

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  13. I like number two...scrappy but with a consistancy to relax it a little. Beautiful blocks any way you do them.

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  14. Number 2 I like it being scrappy but not over the top.

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  15. Ah that Cooper - he's a big help, isn't he? Serves you right for being curious, he was only trying to help! Well you know me, I like scrappy, so I like option #3. But I don't think any of the choices is wrong.

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  16. I like number one . . . but I have a hard time with scrappy so that might be why . . . I just thought the reds popped great in number one . . .

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  17. Scrappy #3 is my favorite but #2 is lovely too.

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  18. I would go with option 2. Still has some order, but not rigid. It's looking beautiful regardless!

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  19. So glad Cooper didn't get sick. All three choices look great, but if I had to choose, I'd say number two.

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