Still not there…

I tested two more ideas.

One’s a variant of the original block. But I still need to do 8 Y-seams, and I think it looks a bit clumsy and blocky without the extra ‘tail’ on the windmill blades.

I’d also have to find fabrics for all the 3 inch centres.

No. This isn’t it.

The other one is a sort of tulip/lotus blossom idea using the strips. This was a whole lot easier and quicker to make, but it doesn’t have the charm of the original star design.

No. I’m still not there.

But I do have one more waiting in the wings, and I’m feeling good about it. One more try…

Third time’s the charm!

18 thoughts on “Still not there…

  1. tialys says:

    I like the design of the second one but it doesn’t look quite right in those fabrics. I think the background fabric is overpowering the lotus flower. I await your next entry with anticipation.

    • katechiconi says:

      I just find it too overpowering compared with the original pointy star. Also, some of the batiks I’ll be using are equally strong, so if it doesn’t work with the sample, it won’t work with the actual fabrics. I think you’ll like the final block choice 🙂

  2. You will definitely get there … this much I am sure about 🤩
    Will you have time to make a block before you head off ?? Or will you wait till u get back ?

  3. Marty K says:

    I really like the 2nd block and agree with @tialys that perhaps the fabrics don’t necessarily showcase the design as well as other colors/patterns might. I know that whatever you decide on will be spectacular! 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I like the block too… just not for this quilt! If you revisit the earlier post with the image of the fabrics, you’ll see that the pink and green background fabrics are also very bright colours. I’ve tried to replicate how the actual colours will work, and I don’t find this block particularly successful. I’m hoping the new one I have to sample tomorrow will work better – I like it a lot!

  4. Neither of those has your trademark zing! Partly I think, like others, that the contrast is too weak but also there is not enough variety of fabric, If the petals of the top one were two alternating fabrics it would lift it. Personally I am not sure at all about the third one – that bottom RH square doesn’t seem to have a function in the design and the upper LH ‘center’ blends into the background too much. Sorry to be so critical! ope you find a solution before your trip. I would hate to think of you with nothing to do!

  5. Sharon says:

    Threes the charm is right and I’m anxiously awaiting to see what it is. I did like the tulip design for another quilt perhaps?

  6. magpiesue says:

    Ditto to all the other comments about these block options. I don’t see the point of hand piecing these either. Oh, what will you come up with next?!

    • katechiconi says:

      Most would be much quicker machine pieced, but I specifically wanted a handwork project for trips away. The new version is one that combines some of the features of the first one with the simplicity of construction that I need to finish the quilt in my lifetime!

  7. cedar51 says:

    sounds like it’s either fun or teeth gnashing – to find that “one” – maybe you have to go real simple! Like in take a very large piece of cloth and just randomly stitch all over it…I think they were called “whole cloth” or similar

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m unlikely to abandon the mental image I have of this future quilt, it’s quite alive in my imagination already! And to be honest, a whole cloth quilt wouldn’t fit the bill for small-scale hand work suitable for a hot climate holiday. No, I think I’ve found the block, and I’ll post about it in the morning.

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