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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday - POTC Update

I've been playing with my Patchwork of the Crosses blocks again lately - and remembering how much fun these little English paper-pieced blocks can be!!!!

This is my current favorite ....


I just love the blast of light on the outside of this block with that strange yellow fabric!  It was a last minute substitution because the fabric I was originally using didn't work as well as I'd hoped.  My friends and I all agreed that this gorgeous plaid with all the same colors in it was the perfect fabric to frame the center....


I even fussy cut those darn stripes!!!  But as I was stitching down the first couple pieces, I just knew something wasn't sitting well with me - it just didn't give me that thrill of being "right" that I expected.  I put it up on the design wall and stepped back - and was totally underwhelmed.  Yeh, it was okay, but it was BLAH!  That's is always a deal breaker for me.

So I went back to the stash and just started pulling anything that might work...


To my total surprise, this icky yellow was the surprise winner - it just simply began to glow behind those fabrics!  I suppose the moral of this story is, never feel that you are so far along in a project that you can't back up and make changes if it's not working for you!


Here is another block completed.  I love the hot pop of these colors! I'm a little concerned with the lack of contrast, but it's staying as it is because I'm not unhappy enough to tear it apart and try to make changes :)

I have two more in process right now and then I'll have to go digging in the stash for more blocks - YUM!!!


Linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching, while watching golf to see if Tiger can play his way into the Playoffs this year.  NFL season starts soon, and I can't wait for Sundays with My Guy and lots of stitching and football - woohoo!!!!

Also linking up with Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts and Tuesday Linky Party @ Freemotion by the River

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday!!!

Hugs & Blessings!
Teresa
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25 comments:

  1. Stunning blocks! You have a gift for choosing fabrics and colours with that "wow" factor!

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  2. Jusy beautiful! How many have you completed so far?

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  3. It's so much fun to see how fabrics will play off one another. Making scrappy quilts has really opened my eyes. One of the reasons I love working from my stash.

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  4. That yellow-gold is absolutely perfect! A great reminder how those seemingly ugly fabrics can shine and completely make the block sing with the right combination of fabrics and placement. My favorite block so far.

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  5. Love your fabric choices. With hand stitching, there is plenty of time to ponder the design possibilities. Glad you got the colors just right.

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  6. They are sobeautiful. I love the yellow also.

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  7. Love your POTC. I am sure it is very fun to see the designs come together.

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  8. I'm so glad that you shared your POTC progress with us. I love it (it's on my to-do list). While I liked the blue plaid, I have to admit that the yellow really makes it pop ... really makes it YOU. Reading this has made me wonder if I'm going to be able to pull off a POTC ... I certainly don't have the creative eye to create the kinds of beautiful blocks that you do.

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  9. That yellow really does make the block pop. Your work is beautiful

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  10. Such fabulous blocks... love the fussy cut centres...so gorgeous!
    ENJOY!

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  11. Wow!! If I had socks on you would have knocked them off!

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  12. Love your blocks--so fun to see how different they all can look!

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  13. Your blocks are amazing. I still have this project on my to-do list. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

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  14. You certainly made the right changes. The yellow looks like rays of sunshine. Love that pink and green beauty, too. How many blocks have you made so far?

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  15. Those are so gorgeous. Your fabric choices are just wonderful.

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  16. Fussy cutting is the best way to go with these and I love how they look!

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  17. Good call on the fabric switch. That yellow radiates, and takes a nice block to a Wow block!
    Each of these three blocks is just stunning!

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  18. That gold/yellow fabric was just waiting for you to choose it! Perfect. You really have some amazing fabrics to pull from in your stash. This is going to be such a gorgeous quilt when you are finished. Are you giving any thought as to how you will quilt it??

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  19. I absolutely loved the golden yellow the second I saw it!! Just perfect in this block!!!

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  20. Teresa, these blocks are just gorgeous! You have such an eye for choosing the perfect fabric combinations. I can't wait to see more!

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  21. What incredible blocks!! The yellow is a great addition to add that extra zing. It looks like you're having a great time with this block design :-)

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  22. Your blocks are beautiful. I bought a book and the paper piecing needs for the POTC and haven't even taken the paper pieces out of the box. I need to get busy for evening stitching. Your blocks are a great inspiration.

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  23. I love watching the progress on this one! You're right, it was the "WOW" factor that was missing. It was pretty enough, but it would have been lost in the quilt with each block being so amazing. Great choice to change to the yellow.

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  24. I love watching all your POTC blocks come together . . . you have such a GREAT eye for color and design! :)

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  25. I can't wait to see your POTC finished! It's going to be beautiful.

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