Still in the Shadows

I find myself still totally unsure about this Golden Shadows quilt (that really doesn’t have shadows anymore, if it ever even did).  I find it uninspiring and yet the actual construction is coming out quite well.  I had framed all the blocks in gold; 3 were narrow frames, 6 were wider.  I then framed the frames with a speckled beige and evened them all out at 12 inches square.   These are the three narrow ones:

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And these are the six wider ones: photo-49

And then I got bored and started to sew the blocks into big blocks.  And then I wanted the quilt (now apparently it’s to be a quilt, not a large pillow) to be bigger.  I added four solid blocks of the gold.  Now I have three sets of four blocks and no idea what to do with them.  Obviously, at a little short of 6 ft by 2 ft, it needs to be widened.  I’m out of gold fabric, out of charm squares and out of ideas!photo-53
photo-48So instead of something beautiful to share today, I’m sharing my frustration.  But, on the bright side, I have found a recipient for this quilt if and when I ever finish it.

 

Meet our new foster dog, Diego: He’s a Chiweenie!  Sweet, good with the kids, well-mannered and best of all, he’s totally housebroken.  So if you know anyone looking to adopt in South Florida, Diego is looking for his forever home.

 

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-Allison

Golden Shadows

For my next project, I had pulled out a set of charm squares with the intention of making a shadow quilt.  I loved some of the examples I saw online and thought it would be a great way to highlight some pretty fabric.  Here’s a sample of what I chose.  photo-44

 

I pulled a marbled gold from my stash for the shadows and bought a speckled beige to do the sashing.

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Cut, measure, sew and the first two blocks came together easily.  Except, they didn’t look shadowy at all!  In fact, my husband thought they were rather ugly.

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So, I decided I would simply frame the squaresphoto-45
in the gold color and wing it from there.  I carefully measured and even more carefully sewed the one inch borders before I realized that I could make my job so much easier by cutting larger and trimming after they are sewn.  That should have been obvious from the get-go, but oh well.  At least I only did two before I picked up on that!

 

Here are all nine squares framed, but not yet trimmed, along with one of the original shadow blocks that I might use on the back.  If you are comparing my photos, you might notice that the butterfly squares in the first picture didn’t make the final cut.  This was a charm pack of twenty; two each of ten different patterns.  All of the patterns look Spanish or Moroccan to me, except for the butterflies.  The colors match, and the scale of the pattern matches, but the pattern itself just didn’t seem to fit.  So, realizing that I had many more layout options with nine squares as opposed to ten, the butterflies (along with the other leftover squares) went into the scrap box.  photo-42

 

Still not sure what kind of layout this will wind up in.  Or if it will be a mini-quilt or really big pillow.  I’m kind of leaning towards pillow today.   Any ideas (or tips on where I went wrong with the shadows), please send them my way!

 

-Allison