The fabric arrived Monday so I was able to complete the piece I've been working on - I'm calling it Criss Cross (for sadly obvious reason).
I'm not sure how much I love it. I mean - I like it, but I'm not in love yet - I think it still needs something...but what?
I tried putting some items in the middle to see if they added the missing element - some small colored square,
but they weren't right. I thought about slashing through the white with some pops of color, but that is wrong for the feel of the piece and it doesn't need any more thin lines - and no circles, more's the pity for this circle fiend...I'm not usually a fan of borders, but I'm seriously considering a border for this one. I have an idea, but I'm not sure I have enough of the necessary fabric for it.
One thing I'm kind of jazzed about and want to share is how I did the corners. I wish I had taken pictures of it, because it was actually kind of silly, but by golly, it worked. If you'll recall, I laid it out on the diagonal, and sewed it that way. So I ended up with all these squares of fabric sticking out, and it was pretty shape-less. I got out the old duct tape (cause I was out of the blue masking tape) and just taped a square around the piece where I wanted the edges to be. Then I boldly drew around it with a pencil (there were some empty spots where the corners were of course) and I literally hacked off the extra, outside the duct tape - Crazy? Yes!
But here's the part I really like: the extra parts just happened to be rough triangles, so - yep, you guessed it - I used them for the corners that were missing! I just sewed and flipped. And it worked! Then I taped the thing to the floor and tried to mark it again, but I realized I was just going to have to use the rotary cutter and try to square it up. And by darned - that worked, too! It's kind of thrown up on the wall so it looks wonky, but it's actually, shockingly, STRAIGHT. I was thrilled that I didn't have to use any more of the precious Crosshatch fabric (of which I've already used three yards and which I need for my son's college bound quilt) for the corners. And I liked that it worked - made me kinda happy that doing such a nutty thing actually worked.
So "Bully for me!" on this crazy improv. I'm just cutting and sewing and its coming together. However, it is kind of bias-y, so I have to be careful if I do add borders, but what the heck - I'm feeling lucky, so I'm just gonna continue to fly along and see what happens.
Tally Ho! (oops, mixed those darn metaphors again - sorry.)