I do like the linens around your focal point, and especially the fact that they are of different sizes, as, to me, it adds a lot of rhythm to the piece, but also leads the eye from each block into the center. I really like this!Hugs
I've been playing with the blocks to get the most pleasing arrangement. This is probably not the final composition. I hope the embellishments will soften those extreme angles.
I'm sure your stitching and other embellishments will soften the edges nicely.
trying to get as much of the embroidered area in as possible. That was the hard part...
Deborah I would like to see all dark edges up against the center pic. Either that or do you plan on edging the pic with a contrast braid, cord, etc?I visually do not like the long angles of light fabric coming out of the center.Just MHO.HugsFredaB
I don't know any other way to get the linen pieces surrounding the center pic within the cq blocks without having those angles. If anyone does, please clue me in. I don't particularly like the angles either but hoped that embroidery and embellishments would soften them. I made them that large in order to incorporate as much of the embroidered sections as possible - which was the whole point in using them. But I suppose I could cut them down to a smaller size. I will probably replace the middle block on the right so that the linen pieces are more in keeping with those on the left.
If you have some curved doilies, sections of those can be placed over long seams to give some curve to a very straight line. Also, where the 2 pieces form a sharp angle, you can fill in that space with a fan shaped embroidery or doily to get curves.You can also "patch" pieces in and over to move or change lines.
Lace, doilies, handkerchief corners, even rick rack (which I never used to like until I saw some treatments Kathy Shaw did with it) can soften it. The stitching itself, and embellments like buttons and beads will soften it. I actually like the light in the center, and I like the angles. What bothers me is that it isn't balanced in this arrangement. You said it wasn't your final arrangement, though. This grouping looks top heavy. You're getting where you want to be, though! I was sick all week and didn't get my blocks made, so that's still for this coming week. =P
I agree with Debra and Susan, that the embellishments, laces, buttons and so forth will help soften the angles. I actually like how your fabrics "radiate" out from the center image! It holds that focus to the central image. Stitching and embellishments totally transform and unify a quilt.
I'm still working on the arrangement. Just putting a few crocheted flowers over the longer pieces makes a world of difference.
I like the light emanating from center, hope this is coming along good for you
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