As you can see by the photos below, I'm working on a new quilt. An idea popped into my head yesterday and now I'm trying to finish it up by the end of the month. But, more on that later.
For now, I want to show you my favorite part of the quilting process...picking fabrics and colors and how (this is not my favorite part) they can go horribly wrong.
First, I picked out red and blue fabrics and started sewing them up.
Hmmm...there's something I don't like but I'm not sure what. I know I haven't added all my fabrics to the mix yet but there's something wrong here. I added some tan for a bit of contrast:
Hmmm...better but not quite right. I looked at my pile of unused fabrics and then back at the design wall. What is it? It's even more pronounced in these pictures than in real life. Can you see it?
There, that's much better! That one blue fabric was ruining everything!
In the pile of fabrics I chose for this project, there were other blues that matched this one. And had I added them to the quilt, it would have been more balanced than just having one blue that didn't belong. So, the whole thing would probably have looked just fine.
But now that I'm keeping only navy/aqua, I think it looks great!
The lesson here is this: if something doesn't feel right, work with it until you get it right. It'll happen.