I love this hobby, I really do. In no other hobby can you make mistakes like this and still be able to fix it!
The funny thing about it is, I didn't even see the mistake until after the whole thing was pieced. The shadows only really start to work and create the dimension after the background is completely together, so it was only after I pinned it to the design wall and stepped back that I saw my shadows weren't all going in the right directions.
According to Casting Shadows, a book on creating dimensional quilts, you really want to keep all the shadows angling in one direction. Otherwise it appears like shadows are being cast all over the place and it ruins the effect.
So a bit of seam ripping was in order to fix this mistake and once the pieces were ripped apart they could be stitched back together again the right way.
Looking at the finished center of this quilt which I've decided to name it Australian Shadows, I'm stunned at how awesome the fabrics look. Really the fabrics don't even need to match at all. These are all M&S Textiles Aboriginal prints, but they don't have to be. I could mix in other prints and it'd look just fine.
Which is great because I didn't buy enough fabric for the borders I designed. Instead that will have to be pieced using this batik fabric:
Really I love this little quilt already and I'm planning to make a really huge one for my king sized bed. I still haven't gotten around to making a quilt that will actually fit the whole bed and I'm looking forward to the challenge of quilting on a large scale for a change.
This small quilt, however, will probably end up being a wall hanging and I may end up showing it just for fun. It's going to be interesting to pick out filler designs that work in the shadow and background areas. The fabric areas are too complex for the quilting to really matter much, but the rest of the areas should be fun to play with.
So that's it for this What's Leah Working on Wednesday! Since I was up so late last night, I'm feeling the need for a little nap, and then I'll get back to this little quilt and finish up the borders this evening.
Let's go quilt!