I'm renaming this quilt, right now I'm leaning towards State of Chaos instead of State of Grace, but it's still open to debate.
So as soon as I got some strips made I threw them up on the design wall. The pattern calls for a totally scrappy design. I immediately started having the same problems with this design that I did with Toulouse......I thought it looked messy, sloppy, not me. "No place for the eye to rest" someone said last time...so true!
If I could talk to a fabric designer, I would be curious to know if when they create these families of fabrics, do they really expect all the fabrics to be used in one project? Because if it were up to me, I would pick some of the fabrics for a top, but never all of them. In the past I just figured the designers had different color ways in the same pattern to please everyone, the browns for the fall folks, the reds for me, the blues and greens for the pastel folks. But all in one quilt, really, that's what they had in mind?
So this is what the design looks like all scrappy.....uhm I don't think so. This family of fabrics is heavy on the greens and light on the reds. So if I went with this design not only would it look messy, it would have a strong green presence.
At this point I still didn't have a design in my mind, but I did know that I wanted an equal number of reds, browns, greens, and blues. I like things even Steven, I'm a debits equals credits type of girl. This required more strips......this required me to raid my Shangri La purse!!
There it is, setting on my shelf, empty!! I think I'll make a round tuffet to put in there when I'm done with this project. Hopefully then the purse won't look as sad. But really, the fabric is too pretty to spend its life in a purse!
So here's the polar opposite of scrappy, each buzz saw block made up of like colors....... another no, I don't think so.
So then I decided to go half brown and half red in one buzz saw and half blue and half green in the other buzz saw, an improvement but I still think no.
This time I continued to separate the pastels from the bolds but I intermingled the red with the browns and the blues with the greens. This I liked.
So then I took it one step further. I mixed my mixes, a predominately red, brown, blue and green in every buzz saw. I think this pattern makes the buzz saws look like they are moving.
So a little mix on the left, a little more of a mix on the right. I couldn't decide which design I preferred, so I combined the above two,
into this. A pastel buzz saw, a mixed buzz saw, a bold buzz saw then another mixed buzz saw.
One thing I know for sure, the 6 inch blocks will be a mix of blue, green, blue, or red, brown, red, or green, blue, green or brown, red, brown. That I know I like, other than that I'm not so sure.
Ok, hit me with your best shot......what should it be:
Choice # 1, bold buzz saws and pastel buzz saws (second to last picture, square on the left).
Choice #2, one mixed block, of each color, in one buzz saw (second to last picture, square on the right)
Choice #3, last picture, combination of #1 and # 2.
Choice #4, can you come up with anything else?