Thursday, March 15, 2012

Right & Wrong

Right and wrong are harsh judgmental terms. And most quilters will say that however you put your blocks together in your quilt is your decision. But sometimes with some quilts there really IS a difference!

When I showed the windmill blocks to Charlene Higgins, one of the quilt instructors at The Golden Gese quilt shop in Concord, New Hampshire, she loved it! But she was quick to point out that the block needs to go together as light-to-dark opposites to really look good. Otherwise it looks lopsided. Here is the RIGHT way: (Please ignore the bit of another block off to the left side of the photo)
See how the center forms a quarter triangle square that is balanced? And the darks mirror each other, as do the lights, in the formation of the larger outline square. It is very pleasing to the eye. Here is the WRONG way:
In these two blocks, the quadrants are all lopsided with the all the darks on one side. I have since frog-stitched (rip-it! rip-it) these and corrected them. Now I'm up to 18 blocks done already.
Tonight was my guild meeting and I had fun reconnecting with some friends, enjoying the featured speaker, and showing off my Calliope Music quilt. I also borrowed a quilting book about borders from the guild's library. On the way home there was rain and patchy ground fog and I was very grateful that the temperatures remained above freezing, so no black icy spots, just rain. It was 9:30pm when I got home, so I had missed the Hoarding show that I like on TV. Oh well! Every guild meeting is better than TV anyway, right?


Helen in the UK said...

They do look good together the 'right' way!! Hope you don't have TOO much ripping to do to fix the others :)

Vic in NH said...

Thanks, Helen! I just caught one more that was done wrong and corrected it, so I hope that's all of them! -Vic

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