The plot thickens.
(This is the point of tension in the story, where something happens to throw everything off balance.)
As the pieces were laid out, there was a problem.
The cheddar-y blocks just weren't working for me. It looked promising when it was a pile of uncut fat quarters, but now... not so much.
I can't explain it. There may be some of you who don't see a problem. I don't mean to offend anyone. But it's got to feel right. And it didn't.
There's also the pressure of the being the "first quilt". (Picture those words in blinking lights, recited by a deep, reverberating voice... firrrssstt quillllttt.... lol.)
Rise to the challenge! I can overcome.
I think I can... fix it with a different color for the blocks.
I think I can... try a different layout.
No, no, no, stick to the original design, missy!
I think I can.... keep pulling out the stash.
That's only some of the things I tried. Through the process I took the pics for my benefit, as a way to step back. Of course there's also the squint-your-eyes technique. Do the beginning quilting classes teach that one? :-)
I have one more idea I'm picturing in my head. If I'm lucky, it's waiting for me on the shelf of my local quilt shop.
If not, I'm going to go with one of the above and call it good enough. (If I told you which one, that would be cheating, now wouldn't it?!)
Thanks for sashaying with me down the square dance memory lane yesterday. Wow, what fun memories that brings back.
Writing this little story reminded me of other things I learned long ago, like plot and climax and resolution. Remember protagonist and antagonist? (Oooo, found those words in a dusty back corner of my brain!)
Of course, I'm the protagonist.
My son has taken an interest in this quilt, which is surprising and sweet. He's 17, that age when male communication is often scattered words and gutteral sounds that require an interpreter. (He's used to me teasing him about it.) Anyhow... he looked at some of the ideas and asked questions. So, what did he think? When he found out this was only going to be a little quilt, he said I should keep going and make it into a big quilt. You know what that makes him?
The antagonist. (LOL.)
(No siding with him! I'm tryng to get this done!)
Meanwhile, I saw this quilt on the cover and had to buy the magazine.
Makes my heart beat faster. Me and complicated quilts... moth to a light, like moth to a light.