After speeding through on my Trip Around the World Challenge and smugly waiting for the next set of instructions to be issued, I've been playing around on the design wall with a variety of little squares, plotting out possible color runs for subsequent rounds. Each day I've spent a little time putting up variations and on Saturday afternoon, I came to an abrupt and startling conclusion. The last few rows weren't working.
I had wanted some neutral rows to calm things down after a number of riotous rounds ~ a breathing space. And the gray-brown-cream rounds did serve that purpose. In fact, I liked them. And If the quilt was finished at that point, I think it would have looked fine. Maybe even a few more neutral rows added, bound off in red.
But the brown emphasized that green in the middle and many fabrics just didn't look good transitioning out from those last rows. It wasn't a calm zone, it was a dead zone. And starting to look mucky. I needed to get some blue worked back in there and I needed at least another very dark row. Soon there'd be more challenge instructions which might not be flexible, and while I haven't decided how big it will be, I know it won't be queen-sized. I was running out of room to resolve the issues.
When it hit me (walking in to iron a shirt before going out Saturday evening), I messaged Molly for her opinion. Should I get rid of the brown? She answered immediately, emphatically, 'Yes, I'm always for getting rid of brown!' I knew that.
After removing about 1/3 of the two last rounds, I put it back up on the wall to evaluate. Yup, right track. I finished unpicking them last night. This morning, the new challenge instructions were posted.
Now I'm way behind.