I may come to a decision about the layout for my Orange Twirl Quilt. All the blocks are sewn, but I'm not sure if I'm completely satisfied with the arrangement of them. I think it's because I've thrown in a few extra orange prints (in order to have enough fabric to make this lap sized) - ones that maybe grab the eye too much? My goal is have your eyes travel the quilt, see the contrast, recognize that there's a pattern and still find it interesting - in a cohesive but not boring way. I don't want one area to overwhelm another... which can happen when you have fabrics that read bolder than others (which is why I limited the use of brown in this quilt... your eye is immediately drawn to that fabric). Let me say, that I do enjoy the challenge to find an interesting balance when I lay out fabrics for a quilt, but sometimes this part of the process takes more time before I feel that I have it. So I realize I need to just step back from working on it and see what strikes me when I look at it.
That being said, it seems working out my quilt's layout, involves diverting my creative energy into other projects. ;o)
I whipped up some teeny crochet hearts and then I grabbed a couple of granny blocks and played around with adding chocolate brown as the background colour. A colourful diversion, which I hope leads me to deciding the final layout for my quilt.
What do you do when you're trying to decide how to finish a project? Do you just push on through - no hesitations? Do you step back from it for awhile to give yourself fresh eyes to find the solution? Or do you step back and start working on other things, hoping the answer will come to you? Just wondering.....