Choosing Fabrics & letting them influence designSo we left off this new project design with a few ideas ... I had sketched a couple of motifs I wanted to include and decided on a color scheme .. it was off to the stash to see what I could find with Mary's remit of "beachy colors: pale blues, seafoam green, biege"
I was able to narrow it down to this 9 ... or maybe 10 ...
and was planning to keep it a very simple patched background with motifs on each rectangle ... a quick math calculation indicated that finished rectangles of 2" x 2-3/4" should be about right .. and keep me inside our goal of 8" x 10".
With a few snips of various fabrics for each motif and with my sketches in hand, I headed upstairs for the evening to see where this would lead. Boy oh boy .. never try to watch TV and design at the same time ... my poor husband has the patience of an angel. In the future I'll keep the designing to my office although I can applique quite adeptly while "watching" television.
My rectangles were throwing me a few good "problems"
- the egg was easy to applique
- the cage - hmmm, not sure I care for the proportion
- I loved the bird shape but wow, it'd be really small if to 2" x 2-3/4" finished rectangles
- and that branch ... how was I going to portray that well in a vertical space.