Sounds so easy right?
Yeah, projects like that are always bound to take you 5 hours!
Which this did! & we’re not even done yet!
The first problem was that I decided to work with a fabric line. I don’t work well with fabric lines- I feel they are too restrictive & don’t lend any creativity to the end product. I prefer my “scrappy” look where I just search for fabrics that work.
So I started with a charm pack from Moda called “Grand Finale” & picked up some additional fabric in the line that I thought would make a nice border.
So after making several amateur mistakes (due to my inability to read patterns…reality is I tend just to look at the pictures) I came up with this:
At which point I was so mad it didn’t work out I folded it up & put it away.
Then I got my act together & searched online for someone who sold the solid green that coordinated with this line.
I should have known in the beginning, but it’s an issue of letting the eye rest. The charms are so busy your eye keeps jumping around & has no place to settle to take it all in. (A dear friend actually talked about this recently. As soon as I saw what I pieced, I couldn’t believe I ignored her advice!)
But then again, it’s hard to choose borders when the piece isn’t together- or even when you can’t fully see the charm squares b/c they’re wrapped up in a package.
When I first heard that it just flew through my ears & I didn’t really understand it. But now I get it. You can’t expect to make a color/fabric/design choice if you can’t see what your putting it against! I needed to have my center assembled first, then I could audition borders.
So the good thing is, this actually isn’t a failed project, it’s just not done like I want it to be.
But more importantly, I want it to be done right.
So I’ll take the time & make “Visual Decisions Visually.”
Linking up with Freshly Pieced’s “WIP Wednesday”: