My Radiant Orchid quilt is coming along nicely. Cutting, sewing and squaring up 60 trees was an exercise in zen. Every little square is 3.5″ x 4″ with each needing to be cleaned up after the piecing was done. I will admit to doing this while watching both “The Host” (super terrible – not even interesting) and Ghostbusters (RIP Harold Ramis).
After all that was finished I taped them together using a ton of masking tape according to a small diagram I made in Excel. I almost didn’t bother with this step and am so glad I did as I ended up cutting two rows out of my design. This allowed a greater concentration of trees in the body of the quilt. My forest was beginning to look more like a grove. Movies watched: xXx (hello, Vin Diesel’s abs).
I was going for a gradient of light to dark in my purple tones as we moved “deeper” into the forest but the balance was looking off. Taking a black and white shot helped me to see what was going on. I adjusted by moving a couple of lighter pieces to the top and connecting more of the trees at the bottom. Movie watched: A Fish Called Wanda (I love this movie so much)
Before calling it a night, I put together a 9×9 block just to see how the sizing was going to turn out. I might fit into the baby quilt category in the end. Not my intention but better that a bigger one I’m unhappy with.