Ok. So it's time to stop whining about what I can't do for the time being and focus on what I can. This project is so intense in color and design that I've found I need a little break from it each time I complete a block. Originally, I planned for it to be a 9 block piece, but now I'm thinking maybe 4 blocks with a densely appliqued border. That's still evolving. So why am I working on block #5? My first block (upper left corner) was chosen because it wasn't quite so loaded with leaves and blossoms, a good one to start on. And while I think it would work fine in a 9-block set, I don't think it holds its visual weight if I decide to use only four.
Because I've done so much 'auditioning' of pieces on previous blocks, I'd accumulated quite a pile of circles and leaves and thankfully had enough forethought to organize them by size and shape when I last packed the project away. So after lightly tracing my choice for block #5 onto a new red background, out came the box.
While I'm trying to stay away from handwork for a bit, this is a perfect activity now. The best part ~ I feel like I'm making some progress here.
Whether I'm spending some concentrated time in the sewing room or just popping in to use the iron, I'm moving things around and trying out new combinations regularly.
Even when I creep in in the evening just to grab my iPad, I can squint at it in the twilight and get a good read on value distribution. It's nice to be 'working' on something again.
Since we've moved here 2½ years ago, my design wall has been propped up against the wall on two side-by-side small Ikea tables. Although I've had a fixed flannel wall in a couple of houses, I used this 'leaning' version both here and in Chicago because after our several unexpected transfers, I was hesitant to affix something to a bedroom wall permanently. We're here now for good, so I've been considering my options.
As you can see, this arrangement works well for my current project. That adjacent table space allows me to lay out fabric possibilities right at hand. The downside is that although the wall is thick and sturdy ~ 2" insulation board ~ it's quite lightweight and sometimes wavers or sways a bit. Honestly, I had several near heart attacks while laying out all of those little squares for Molly's wedding quilt. Being the control freak I am, I often overthink possibilities but have recently seen two different walls that seem closest to what I think would work well for me. Melody's recent solution over at Fibermania and Barb's new wall at Fun with Barb. We have a busy month coming up but I think I'll be tackling this problem this summer. Any other good suggestions?