by Sandra | October 6th, 2011
Some of the chaos has settled down and I have been able to focus some time on Jason’s quilt. If you haven’t noticed, I have been using some of the birds for the Naturalist Notebooks blocks.
One of them is the Purple Finch and I finally came to that part of Jason’s quilt to applique. I found that I could not use the same color undertones as I had in the Naturalist’s Notebook block. It was too pink and “cool” against this particular palette of colors. Oh dear.
However, as I said in the prior post, there is always more than one choice of fabric. I think this is particularly useful for those of you choosing your own fabrics for your Purple Finch block.
I used completely different fabrics for the Purple Finch in Jason’s quilt compared to the Naturalist Notebook (NN) block yet the result is is good in both cases and they both look like the Purple Finch, which is the point.
The difference is the NN Purple Finch color has cool undertones and Jason’s Finch has warm undertones (try to ignore my chalk scribbles on Jason’s Purple Finch–top photo). Actually, I was quite surprised at the fabrics that worked. I found them by laying them against the quilt in progress and I could tell instantly what was a problem and what was going to be a potential candidate.
The ones I always think are a long shot are the ones that end up working the best. Once I stop fighting with the logical side of my brain that is.
I am really, really, really happy to be working on Jason’s Quilt again and he is very happy about it too. After school, he comes up to my sewing room to check on the progress. So far it has his approval. <phew>