I am totally obsessed with this project. But now I have my work cut out for me. While I enjoyed the wild ride of the smaller rounds, now each choice has more consequences. More squares per round means more time invested and fewer options to reconsider. Who wants to pick out all of that handwork?
My choices were so bold at the beginning that I needed a way to evaluate the design without the cacaphony of patterns and colors. I took off my glasses and things became clearer ~ so to speak. I need some quiet rounds and then I have to bring back a bit of the blue. I think. We'll see. Round by round.
I've started adding quieter prints in more neutral colors to create a breathing space of sorts. (Although I must say, in *real life*, it doesn't look quite as *electric* as it does in my photos. The whites are a bit softer, as in the above shot, than they appear in the next, below.)
My pile of audition squares grows. What doesn't work in one place might work further down the line. Each morning before I do anything else, I pour some coffee and head in to move squares around and try some new combinations. A fresh eye. So many possibilties...
I've cut into some fabrics that were a bit too precious in my stash, a few, pieces from my Japan trips of which I only had small cuts. One that looked fabulous as a possibility (not yet chosen) had me regretting not buying it in a variety of colors that were available so in a weak moment, I found myself searching for it on Etsy. Against all odds, (really ~ at least 6 years old and possibily never even sold in the U.S.), found several pieces of it! I mention this because the seller, Allison Wonderland, is holding a destash sale ahead of an impending international move. She has a number of fabrics, books and patterns that she can't take with her ~ among them, many OOP Japanese items that have become hard to find. If you've been hunting for something in particular, check out her shop. She's leaving soon and you may just find something special at a good price!
Olé, olé, olé, olé!! Off to stitch a bit while I watch today's World Cup quarterfinals. I've never been a soccer fan but this summer I'm hooked!