Thursday, 8 March 2012

If all else fails.....

go back to the beginning and have a re-think!

It wasn't what I intended when I got out of bed this morning but as the day went on I found myself doing this....

 

Auditioning fabrics for my Dear Jane.    That sounds a lot fancier than slapping fabrics up on the wall then tearing down any that glared at me... which is actually what I did.   I'm still not sure about them and I've already rejected two thirds of the fabrics I'd stashed for this quilt!

There is something else bugging me too.....


I don't like the forth block from the right up there.    It looks OK in the photo but the camera is playing tricks with that 'pink' in reality it has a brownish muddy look to it.  Not nice.   Looks like I'll have to make that dastardly block again!

Call me mad but as I've only made 4 blocks (thank goodness) I'm thinking of maybe starting over.  Maybe even ditching the red/cream colour plan.   Problem is I don't have any other colour scheme in mind.   Maybe I'll just throw every colour of the rainbow at it and hope for the best. 

I got myself in such a fankle with the whole thing I had to take a break.   Lucky for me I'd found this yesterday....


 Issue #1 of a brand new quilting magazine.     I'm really pleased to see a 'Modern' quilt magazine out there in print.     So what if I'm teetering on the edge of senility I like seeing what all the young quilting whippersnappers are up to... so there!   

I'm thinking I need one of these.....


or maybe two.   Heck... lets make it half a dozen.   I can never find my spec's case so a few of these scattered around the house would not only look decorative they would save me a lot of stomping around in a paddy turning the air blue. 

After a good perusing session with that magazine I still wasn't calm enough to get back to DJ so I gazed at these for a while..

How cute are they!     They're on the front cover of the latest Mollie Makes  magazine.   Totally irresistible.

Well.... all that magazine reading was very nice but it didn't help clear my mind.    I'm still at loggerheads with Dear Jane.    

I made the mistake of asking Mac to take a glance at the wall and give me his opinion....  I really should have known better.  

He huffed and he puffed and he blew my wall to bits!  It just wasn't 'working' for him.  Hs 'artistic self' just couldn't 'see' where it was going.    Well..... neither could mine but he could have sweetened the pill a little bit.  Or just plain lied.   Honestly that man doesn't know the meaning of the world diplomacy! 

So.... I'm right back where I started.    No clue how to go forward with this one.  Oh well..... reckon I'll just take a leaf out of Scarlet O'Hara's book.... I'll think about it tomorrow.

I'm off to find myself a friendly squirrel.   I could really do with one of these.......


Maybe a nice Gin and Orange would help too...

Have a great time doing what you're doing

See ya soon
Josie.

15 comments:

Ellen said...

I think your fabrics are gorgeous and your blocks do look really good to me! You certainly have a more discerning colour sense than I do because I just stick everything together and hope for the best!!

shez said...

i did like the fabrics also,love that video clip,i need one also,lol.xx

marina said...

Must say I love the fabrics and the blocks so far but I tend to be a little bit random too and just chuck in and try not to over think too much but you have to be happy with it. That will be a lot of effort working with fabrics you are not happy with.
Have a nice drink and look at all that prettiness maybe inspiration will strike!

Kaye R said...

I think your colour and variety of fabrics is going to look fantastic. The " muddy" one is not going to poke you in the eye when there is a few blocks mad from him. Leave your fabrics up for a couple of weeks and just ignore it, I think your over thinking.......... : ) chillax ....... Hey I do what you are doing, so I am allowed to stand back and point fingers. And again thanks for the giggle........

Sue said...

I loved your colours, even the muddy one! I find it very easy to distract myself with magazines, gin and the 'puter so I know just how you feel.

Raewyn said...

You do need the odd zinger and the variety to give an interesting finish to your quilt. I think you were looking for an excuse to peruse your magazines - I think your fabric selection is gorgeous. Mind you I'm having trouble with my fabric selection for my Farmers Wife (for the same reasons!)!!

Kit said...

Hmmm, tell me this...are you just auditioning these pieces to get a grip on what you are using? If so, cut it down to less values with a smaller range! ROFL>>>I can just hear you giving me heck on that one! My eye keeps jumping from the really dark to the creams?? I do like the colors!!!!!!! What about a pop of some sort of green????????????(complimentary..just saying!!!! LOL)

hugs hugs hugs!!!!!!!

Kit said...

oh and DEFINITELY a squirrel massage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Supergoof said...

Good morning dear Josie!
all your fabrics are beautiful! Stop thinking and thinking,.... and just make a new block, that's what I always do. Most times a quilt 'chooses' its own fabric & colours, sounds silly, but my quilts do,...
I must confess that there is one DJ block that looks like an ashtray with 4 sigarettes,... in my DJ,...

Janet said...

I love the dear jane blocks. Ingrid from the supergoof blog made one in thos ecolours and it's absolutely gorgeous but she had reds and muddy colours too. Good luck with finding fabrics you'd love to commit to.

Supergoof said...

http://supergoof-quilts.blogspot.com/2012/03/rustpuntje.html

especially for you,...
;o)

Kelli said...

Oh, I LOVE your Dear Janes!! Look forward to seeing more of them :o)
xo

Hilde said...

Today I stumbled onto your blog, thanks to Supergoof. I like your stories and recognize a lot! And I like your work too! Cheers from the concrete jungle in São Paulo

Janet said...

Are you on pinterest? You can find lots of color inspiration on there.

Jane's Addicted. said...

Love the "auditioning" idea. (and the terminology) - i'ma try that. : )