In the Arms of the Angels: we take flight

Christmas is over and my cutting table was empty, so…

So of course, it was time to start work 🙂 Already, I have received four blocks and made three of my own. There’s more en route and still more promised. I could have waited a bit longer, but the deadline is looming large in my brain and making me restive, and anyway I wanted needed to do some exploratory work.

First out of the traps were Robin’s four blocks, two pale background squares and two dark border squares. Gorgeous, aren’t they?

Then I made three light background blocks myself. Two of them are scrappy, as I don’t want things to be too tidy; I’m hoping for a soft, broken-colour effect.

And finally, using butcher paper, I blocked out the size and shape of the light background on which the wings will sit so that I could work on the banner, hook, L-plate and wings. It doesn’t look like much yet, but I really needed to look at size, proportion and placement.

 All these elements will be separate pieces which will be appliquéd to the background. The edges of the banner and L-plate will be free of the background, and the wing feathers will be substantially free of the background along their length, I hope, so that there will be some movement. I’m still working on how exactly I’m going to achieve that, but at least now I have sizes and shapes blocked in.

The wing shapes are just foundation pieces at the moment; the actual wings will be larger, and they’ll also look fuller with the feathers lying thickly over the background.

So, In the Arms of the Angels is off the ground.

21 thoughts on “In the Arms of the Angels: we take flight

  1. Nanette says:

    Chocks away for a great start.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think this one’s going to be lovely, but I don’t want to rush it too much for fear of mucking something up. Those applied pieces for the centre will take some thought and care.

  2. tialys says:

    Those background blocks all look lovely. We’re still in the throes of Christmas festivities here – which will continue on and off until New Year but all my secret sewing and crochet projects have been finished and delivered so I might be able to sneak away now and then to make a start on that shoe!!

  3. Looking forward to the journey 😊

  4. lucyannluna says:

    Very pretty colours

  5. kathyreeves says:

    Hoping mine will arrive by the end of next week. Not sure how the holidays will affect it.

  6. Susan says:

    I like the plan! The butcher paper gives you a concrete idea of space, which I find I always need.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s really helped. I’ve already decided that I need to make the banner smaller and the wings bigger! Without the templates I think I wouldn’t have been happy with the end result.

  7. Sue Brown says:

    I’m with Lynn, still in holiday mode. I *wish* my cutting table was clear! Let me clarify one point though: do you want cream blocks for the light center area? Somehow I had light teal blocks in my brain for that.

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