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Monday, May 7, 2012

Slow Progress

I've never been a fast project finisher; taking the time to enjoy the process and rework the design as I go is more my style. This red and white project is currently top of my pile and I am making progress on it albeit slow.

Above was my total progress on April 28. As you can see I have been playing with what direction to have the flying geese sashing strips face. And I also have tried swapping out some of the red-on-white cornerstones and replacing them with red. It makes quite a difference. I would not necessarily have the cornerstone fabrics change in each round; if I leave both options up for a while and look at them I'll see which I prefer. Then again, I might decide to alternate them depending on whether the geese are arriving or leaving.

Now I have finished 34 of the required 36 star blocks (yes, I am putting off the cutting and sewing of the remaining 73 or so flying geese sashing units - each one has four geese but I try not to do the math as it might prove daunting). In my mind I am trying to have each block use a different fabric combination so that in true scrappy style I am not repeating fabrics. But I am struggling to come up with suitable star fabrics for the outer row of stars. Those two plaid stars I have in the corners may be too dark - I have another couple of small plaid fabrics I could use for the other two corners if I decide they are not too dark. Or my raid on the collections of friends may have to be the way to go. All I need is a 2 1/2" square and a 4" square of red on cream/white (all offers will be gratefully auditioned).

The lighting is not the best for my photos. If it was you might see that I currently have it so that the four center stars are white on white, the next round is cream on cream stars and the final outer round is red-on-white/cream stars.

So that's where I'm at this morning. On today's "to do" list is to take my sewing machine in for service (which will slow down sewing progress for a few days) so I will have no excuse not to be cutting fabrics for the sashing units over the upcoming days.

Your opinions and comments are welcomed.

1 comment:

Cheryl Kotecki said...

Well, I don't have any suggestions, but the cats in my house usually think I need to see how it all looks with a cat in the photo. Best is with a cat on top of the parts.