Monday, April 11, 2011

Design Wall Monday

It's Monday and I have my Glacier Star on the wall.
We've had our final instruction class and will meet one more time later this month to hopefully see some completed quilt tops. I can't wait and I hope that I get mine done.

I really like this quilt and I have a somewhat funny story about it. Remember way back in December when I made these blocks? I really liked them and thought they looked so bright and cheery. I was really excited to see them in the finished quilt. Well, as I progressed through the various stages of this quilt from the inner flying geese to the lone star blocks and finally to the inner snowflake, I just wasn't very happy with these blocks and I really wasn't sure that they would look right. Check out this picture to see one of the New Your Beauty blocks next to the other units. I thought the pink was too bright and wouldn't play well with the rest of the quilt.

I had only made four of the New York Beauty blocks so I decided that I would make new ones using the red/wine fabric that I used for the spikes on the center snowflake. My thoughts were that this would create a better flow throughout the quilt and not stand out so much. I was ready to make the new blocks and find a new home for the old, bright blocks. All was good!

That is until a friend stopped over and saw bits and pieces of the quilt and was intrigued. She asked me to lay out what I had done so she could see what it would look like. I obliged and went ahead and put the 4 bright New York Beauty blocks up just to show her how they would look and explained to her that I was remaking them, etc. Well, as I stepped back and looked I couldn't believe it but I LIKED the bright blocks! It's kind of like shopping for a dress. I don't know how many times I look at multiple stores to only go back to the very first one and buy the first dress that I tried. :-) Do you ever do that?

Anyway, I called my friend Kare who is also making this quilt and said "You aren't going to believe this, but I think I'm keeping my original blocks." After sending her (and my daughters) a picture, they all agreed with me. Oh well, I guess it just goes to show that you should trust your gut feelings.

Check out what other quilters have on their design walls today. Go to Judy L.'s Patchwork Times and be amazed!

14 comments:

Infinity Quilter/Knitter said...

Your Glacier Star looks great! Can't wait to see it finished.

Bonnie said...

Yes, the bright blocks do go with the rest of the top and it is STUNNING. I admire you for taking on such a challenging quilt. Amazing top.

SarahVee said...

Wow! This is a beautiful piece. I love the brightness. Thanks for sharing your process story.

Diane said...

All I can say is WOW! That is a great top. The pink is perfect. What a stunner!

Chris said...

WOW!! Nuff said.

Rabid Quilter said...

I think your quilt is perfect! In fact, I'd leave it just as it is and bind it in the same background fabric, without making it square!

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

beautiful!

Judy D in WA said...

Your Glacier Star is stunning! WOW!!

Even though I've watched your progress, I love the whole story all together like this.

Sue Daurio said...

Oh that is absolutely wondeful!! I can't imagine it without the pink! WOW, WOW, WOW!!!

Debbie said...

I just love learning about your story with this quilt. I had to go check out the pattern on Judy Neimeyer's website to see what else you get to tackle. It is just great!

Cheryl M. said...

Great quilt. I The NYB blocks are the crowning touch. Make sure you post when you finish. Can't wait to see it finished.
Cheryl M.

Linda said...

OMGosh! That is stunning!

Melinda said...

Your quilt is wonderful!

Karen said...

All those points! A beautiful piece and well done.