Friday, September 13, 2013

Finish It Up Friday :: Halloween Quilt Top

Happy Friday! We made it to another weekend - whew :-) I am pretty pleased to have gotten this quilt top finished this week. I was so excited as I pulled fabrics and started working on the blocks. I used some Guising from Lizzy House, Spooktacular from Blend Fabrics, a Denyse Schmidt print from Joann's (that I's super sad I didn't buy many more yards of as it's the perfect Halloween fabric) and a couple black/white prints from my stash. The pattern is the always satisfying St. Louis 16 Patch.
It's busy folks. Really busy. I'm hoping it works though. Once I started laying out the blocks I had a terrible time trying to get the arrangement right - in the spirit of full disclosure I may have told my husband I was full of "quilt rage". Which makes me giggle now but wasn't fun at the time. The problem was value. I didn't want like colors next to each other but in some blocks the orange was the lighter value and in other blocks in was the darker value. I spent a couple of hours arranging and rearranging. It was a frustrating process - I kept looking for some magically perfect arrangement that never seemed to appear. Was I being too picky? Probably but I didn't want to end up with a quilt I hated looking at!
So what finally helped? Two things: my husband's suggestion to arrange all the blocks with the darkest squares in the same place in each block and then move from there AND taking pictures on my cell phone of same of the layouts. When I looked at the thumbnails it helped me see the values (instead of patterns) and choose a layout that I think (hope, pray) works best. Can you tell which one I picked? In the end it was between 4 and 8...or burning them all in the yard. But I chose number 4 and I'm feeling better about it.

So how about you, what do you do with a project that suddenly doesn't work? I'd love to hear any tricks to help turn off-track projects around.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your weekend is a good one!

7 comments:

  1. I confess if a project isn't working I ask my daughter and she almost always helps me clarify and move things forward. I think you made a good choice in #4!

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  2. I do exactly the same thing. The phone shots always help me! Really great Halloween quilt. Might be my favorite Halloween quilt ever. LOVE LOVE LOVE the black and white stripe!

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  3. Great Halloween quilt and I love the idea of using the phone shots to really look at your work and make decisions. I will have to give it a try.

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  4. I will totally take that top off your hands, if you decide it doesn't work for you! It's full of Halloween-y goodness.

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  5. Amazing what a fresh pair of eyes can do. Fabulous Halloween quilt. thanks for sharing stopping by from Crazy Mom Quilts Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

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  6. Well, I think it looks awesome!

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  7. When I have a project that frustrates me - it often ends up in the UFO pile for quite some time. Good for you for pushing through it. I think it looks great!

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