I'm going to start this post with a warning:
the following photos may induce feelings of nausea.
Okay, you've been warned and I can proceed. lol
Seeing the wonderful scrappy trip along blocks that have been appearing all over blogland in the past couple of weeks had me running for my sewing room and grabbing out fabric with glee.
I thought this block would allow me to get some mileage out of odds and ends as well as putting to use some of my less "loved" fabrics (which means ones I don't really like and want to use up ;o).
Anyways, after looking through the Flickr group, I thought everyone's blocks looked so fantastic.
It appears that this Trip Around the World block is magical! It could transfer "whatever" fabric- into something beautiful.
I decided that other than to take note that as long as I remembered to have a contrast in value with my own fabric choices (so I would see the diagonal flow of each block) I would go for broke and be as random as possible.
Going against my usual fabric choices and inclination for order, I took a deep breath and cut with abandon.
I told myself not to overanalyze my choices, to just let go and trust that the ultimate scrappiness would win me over and surprise me.
Yes, it did.
Not in a good way! lol
See for yourself...
I stopped at four. I had too.
No scrappy magic here. lol
Not wanting to be too harsh or judgmental after being brave... (or is that crazy?) I thought that after a late nite of sewing them, that they may look better to me in the morning.
Maybe they would look better grouped together, forming that desired diamond?
They are now off my design wall, so I don't have to look at them. lol
My family's response?
Initially, raised eyebrows, then intent looks in my direction.
Not one of us likes them.
Okay, so my grand plan of just using whatever fabrics I laid my hands on has been derailed.
Despite my initial failed attempt at making attractive scrappy blocks,
I quite like the block design. Actually, I love it.
I think the lesson of my tale is to PLAN those trips. That way Gravol won't be required to settle my stomach afterwards. :o)
Once my eyes stop crossing and my stomach gets settled I will start tripping again.