It's been a busy last couple of weeks, but I'm back in the sewing room now, once again auditioning and moving things around. Our son and daughter-in-law were here for 10 days and we were busy with day trips, evening board games, new recipes and old favorites, World Cup soccer and lots of relaxed hanging out. They were on a break between assignments, affording us all a nice opportunity to visit without the stress of an event or holiday ~ a rare thing! I had completed the first set of instructions for my Trip Around the World challenge (rows 1-9) just before they arrived, so when they left this week, it was time to get going on the next month's new rules.
So far, I've completed 11 rows and our instructions for rows 10-18 this month are simple enough, to repeat the red dot in either row 13 or 14. Sounds easy, but we had free rein in the first month to place our red dot row anywhere. I left it to row 9, which means I now have to repeat it within 3 or 4 rows ~ not my preference. It's not called a challenge for nothing!
So I've been busy cutting 4 or 5 squares of anything I think might work and making little color runs to consider, like this. So many look great alone, but the trick is, for me, to develop some contrast (or conversely, some 'bleed') considering print, scale, color and value. It's not a checklist I'm conscious of while choosing and moving fabrics around, it's more a visual thing ~ the next fabric needs to have more open background, it needs some 'quiet' after some 'loud' rows, or I need to bring in some new colors before I get too far out in the design. There've been so many appealing fabric combos that won't work in this project that I probably should start snapping photos for reference.
I have my squares cut out for tonight's stitching, but I'm not telling! Then I'll have to decide among 3 or 4 options I've whittled down for the last row before my red dot. I'm already auditioning choices for rows 15-18, but as I mentioned last time, you really can't get a good feel for how these runs will work until you evaluate after each row is added on. Consequently, I've only been cutting the full number of squares needed for each new round after completing the last one. And as it grows, more possibilities become apparent as I stand in front of the fabric shelves!
While the kids were here, we drove down to Amish Country one day to find some hanging baskets. Although I prefer the wire hangers, you can't beat the overflowing floral combinations or the prices. So now as our quiet summer stretches out before us, I'll be happily surrounded by color, while thinking about and planning the next time we'll be together, most probably at their place ~ in Riga, Latvia, where they'll be moving next week. It might be quiet here but it's never dull.