I jumped at the chance to play with Victoria's rose and plaid fabric, because, really, this time of year, what's one more project, right?! :) Seriously, though, it sounded like fun and a great stretch-your-mindset activity, and as someone who can get stuck in the "this is how I do things" idea, I welcomed the opportunity to stretch.
Plus, I had an idea on what I was going to do!
Here are my fabric choices. I wanted to use the four different main colors in the fabric, and I tried to choose some batiks because I felt it would help "modern up" the focus fabric a bit.
I decided to try my hand at a Lone Star. I've always been pretty ambiguous about doing one, but felt it was some sort of rite of passage, sort of like having to read Moby Dick just because you're an English major. (Oops, never did that either.) But a small, fun Lone Star? Sounded good.
Here's where I'm stuck at the moment and looking for suggestions:
I really like this, but here are my concerns/questions.
1. I haven't gotten to the red made fabric diamonds yet!
2. I'm not following a pattern--kind of making it up as I go along. But, looking at Lone Star images online, it appears that my options are to stop with the green diamonds (removing the cream ones), or add several more rounds of diamonds to make a bigger lone star. I really hadn't wanted a bigger lone star.
3. Do I leave it like this, piece it, and then applique it onto a bigger piece, maybe a red?
4. Do I try a different arrangement, moving the cream further in? The plaid fabric either needs to be the center or the first round out just based on quantity? I haven't played around with arrangement much; I got to this point and decided to ask for opinions because I felt like I was boxing myself in.
5. Other ideas?
Edited to add...I wrote this post and then got off my lazy bum, headed up to my studio, and tried another quick arrangement. It's rough, but I think you'll get the idea. I do like the cream breaking up the darker colors in this one, but need to work the green and/or red in somewhere to get that holiday feeling! I'm wondering if I could do two green quadrant backgrounds and two red, sort of like I have pictured here. Still playing!
Sorry this post is so long-winded and short on images! I am really liking this (hope the piecing isn't painful!) but would love to hear your thoughts while I take a break and go back to the 3 stockings and 2 duffle bags I'm working on for Christmas.