I always hold my breath when I mail quilt blocks; moreso, when they go out of the country. So it is always a relief to hear that they arrived.
Lynn’s colors were aqua, gray, and white; gray background. A touch of coral was okay too.
None of the patterns I wanted to make had small enough areas for “a touch” of coral. Then it occurred to me to use the Flight fabric from Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park. And that gave just enough coral.
This water-wheel block is one of my favorites. And I thought the light dotted fabric made a nice illustion of water splashes. The Domino Dot fabric seemed a good companion; it also came from the Waterfront Park line. My pieces from this line are dwindling. This block design, when made to tessellate, becomes Indiana Puzzle in the way that quilt block designs and names morph.
And finally, Lady of the Lake (one of three blocks with that name, and apparently the lesser known one).
It is a fun block to make and useful because it has a place for small pieces. I just had to show off that I have learned how to watermark photos.
On another note, I finally got the judges’ comments for my two quilts in NW Quilt Expo. The negative comment for each concerned my corners. I thought I had gotten pretty good at corners, but obviously I have more improvement ahead of me. I guess it matters whether I compare with the awful ones I used to do or a judge compares with an ideal out there somewhere.
You’ve seen the quilts long ago. Weighty Reflections and a Riley Blake challenge that got a new name, Squares, Circles, and Zig Zags, Oh My! (Links in “finished quilts” lead to blog posts about them.)
It was deemed successful asymmetry, and I was surprised by the comment that the the variation in print scale adds interest. I hadn’t thought of that, but I guess it does. I’ll have to think of that more in the future. And the variety of quilting patterns were seen as enhancing the design. In a day when so many prefer minimal quilting design so as not to distract from the piecing, I valued that observation. I am not sure how I feel about the comment, “Piecing is done well.” While I”m glad to have technique recognized, it all depends on which judge said it. Was it the only comment one could make? If so it also is a negative comment on design. If it was in addition to a design comment, I’ll be pleased. There is no way to tell which judge made which comments.
On this one they approved the graphic design and the straight line quilting. And “Complimentary color scheme is enhanced by the minimalist nature of this quilt.”
After the strong design comments, I should plunge right into that abandoned art quilt I posted about a while back, but I have doll quilts to finish first. And I’ll be working on those corners.