seams #8 & #9

 
seam #8 buttonhole and bullions 
 
seam #9

1st quadrants stitching complete so far. It is not quite as vivid as in reality. I am going to do all the main seams on each grouping- by then I will have decided if there will be a theme at all- then I will go back and add beads or maybe some sequins, or colonial knots, or some other smaller seams coming off the main ones.
So now comes a bit more thinking and planning. I need to make sure the colours are evenly spread out over the whole quilt. I don't want similar seams next to each other, and I am struggling with the piecing of the bottom left quadrant. It doesn't really flow like the rest, so I will leave it until last and decide if it needs redoing ( I think it will!)
So the theme. I had an idea a few day ago about stitching quotes into the quilt to fill the voids. Again, I am trying to be methodical in how I approach the embellishment, so each quadrant looks the same (balanced) on completion, and if I do it methodically, should I run out of time, I won't have one quadrant heavily embellished, and another looking just a bit sad. So, a plan, and sticking to it. How novel...(for me)

11 comments:

kay susan said...

Jo, I really do think you have become the Queen of seam treatments!

Debra said...

About how wide are your seam treatments?

Allison Ann Aller said...

You'll find your theme...I love the idea of writing on this!
Those buttonhole leaves slay me. I have to make some and soon!

everythingquilts said...

You have the most beautiful stitching I have ever seen. I envy your talent.

cq4fun said...

Your bullions look great, and I love the leaves you did under the top seam. Love that you are blogging your thinking.

black bear cabin said...

you do the most beautiful embroidery stitches...i love to see what youre up to :)

Possibilities, Etc. said...

I LOVE #8! The colors are awfully pretty on this work.

alice m said...

I hesitate to say this, I really do - I'm not a crazy quilter, what do I know, etc - but I think you're right about the bottom left quadrant not flowing like the others do. There I said it and I'd better press that "publish your comment" bit soon before I lose my nerve. The embroidery on this is exquisite, just perfect and deserves perfectly flowing piecing as well.

Jo in NZ said...

Oh Alice, don't ever hesitate to offer constructive thoughts!! I am happy to hear from people not so close to the project. Although I am not sure if you know what bit I am talking about. If you look on this post
http://nzjo.blogspot.com/2008/12/blue-cq.html
you will see the bottom left grouping of 4 blocks, and that is the "quadrant" I was talking about, not the bottom left block of this grouping...although I do see where you are coming from, but that is just a small quirk that will be balanced (I hope) out in the final piece.
Thanks
:)

alice m said...

Jo you're very generous and you're right, I was getting confused between blocks and quadrants.

needlewings said...

Oh my goodness what patience! Beautiful work!