|Alice Block #3, Version 1|
|Alice Block #3, Version 2|
|Alice Block #3, Version 3|
Once I had recreated the block in EQ7, I was able to swap out fabrics with a click of my mouse, trying out many combinations of prints, solids, contrast levels, etc. within just a few minutes. I don't always use the exact same fabrics in EQ7 as what I'm contemplating in my stash, but I can usually find something close enough. The idea is to brainstorm lots of different possibilities for what the block could be. I don't use EQ to pick fabrics for every block, but it was really useful for this one because there were so many patches that it was difficult to envision mentally, and I didn't want to just recreate what someone else had done with the block. I wasn't wild about the Alice block initially, but now that I've been playing with it, it's growing on me.
|Alice Block #3, Version 4|
I think I want a white background with this block, one print, and two strongly contrasting solids. I am really liking the black at the moment, and I did use some solid black sparingly on my #2 Aimee block. It will depend on the print that I end up choosing from my stash (in this last version, a really dark gray/blue solid pulled from the print would have been better than black. Maybe.
Meanwhile, I think it's time for another paper pieced pineapple block, don't you? I've got a busy week coming up, with rehearsals for Mary Poppins (I'm playing the Bird Woman), volunteer tutoring, getting the kids to and from their activities, and lots more work to do on my new and improved web site for my interior design business. Then there are the eternal unending tasks to contend with: vacuuming, laundry, grocery shopping... And hopefully a little exercise. Which is why I have six or seven quilts in progress, and nothing finished to show for myself so far this year!