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WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Much thanks to Lee over at Freshly Pieced for hosting the WIP Wednesday party!

It’s been a slow sewing week for me, unfortunately. My dissertation is due in just a week’s time, and I’ve been working so hard on finishing it up that I haven’t had nearly enough time to sew! I’m looking forward to a long sewing break once I’m done. But I have managed to take a couple of brief sanity sewing breaks.

First of all, I finally have some real photos of my big quilt that I finished two weeks ago! Photos are thanks to Anne, who has a real camera and knows how to use it.

The front of my garden fence quilt
…and here’s the back!

I have also been playing around with my photo inspiration quilt:

Palette built from my vacation photo of the Great Salt Lake

I decided that in addition to the colors, I also wanted to pull in the reflectiveness of the lake. I’ve been toying around with a few different ideas, but I think I’ve settled on a favorite. Please forgive the terrible photo quality — I’ve only been able to work on this late at night, and I only have a cell phone camera at my disposal!

This is the first layout I came up with for my quilt, playing with the reflection theme.

This was one of those scenarios where the test layout of the colors looked SO different with large squares of fabric than when it finally came together on the design wall. I didn’t like how much the tan was bleeding into the koi fabric, or how sharp the borders with the chocolate fabric are. So I took a little break, and came back to it a few days later. Tonight, at my friend Tina‘s house and, with her cat’s help, I’m starting to find a layout that works better. Still not quite there yet, but getting closer!

Duncan the Cat lends his assistance.
Reversed color blocks and some sashing…

I still don’t know if this is exactly what I want. Is the sashing too thick? Too thin? I’m thinking it might be too thin, and am considering sewing two of the sashing strips together with a very thin strip of blue in between? I’m also thinking of doing curved piecing between the upper and lower blocks and the koi strips… I’m just not sure what it needs at this point, so I’m going to wait a few more days before I look at it again.

What do you think?


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