Now that I have the Vacation Time top pieced, I am more than ready to start quilting it. I even have all of my Aurifil threads together.
But before I tackle a quilt, I like to have some sort of plan together. Otherwise I'll just sit and stare blankly at it and cry. So this week I have been using my Plexiglas and dry erase markers to audition different free motion designs in my blocks.
Of course Oliver felt the need to stop by and put his two cents in, as he always does. Though sometimes he does actually have good advice. So together this is what we came up with.
The centers of the taupe and red octagon blocks make me think of a sand dollars.
I tried creating secondary shapes in the background fabric to break up the space.
I love the illusions of the squares that look like they are going underneath the other designs, like the ribbon candies in the blue fabric.
When I looked at this block all I could see was the taupe X in the center. What the heck can I do with that? After staring at if for a while, this magical little star showed itself.
I'm not 100% sold on the filler in the background of this one. I have never stitched something like this on a quilt, but I think the time has come. Will the paisleys stay? Will they be replaced with more swirls? Not sure, but the fabric and thread will let me know.
So those are my thoughts for now. I still have two blocks I need to crack and the pieced together boarder. Sometimes you just have to walk away and clear your head before you can see what comes next.