Ok. So, as I pay attention to the original quilt block fabric placements, some have a very "scrappy", "make-it-do" quality, which is just soooo attractive in a vintage quilt and what some quilters find so appealing. But quilting has evolved from a genuine make-do necessity to what we mostly do today, which is ... you know ... NOT that! (Just ask my credit card.)
Whether Atsuko deliberately chose mismatched fabrics to make her blocks ultra scrappy, or whether she was using original feedsacks and genuinely had to exercise the whole make-do approach, I find myself wanting to copy her. This makes me laugh. I kinda almost feel like a fraud, deliberately throwing in weird, arbitrary prints when I have more than enough of any given print to make the block "properly".
But I think it's fun. It's actually more work for me to try to make something look both wrong AND good at the same time! LOL! Oh this is just so silly. And I love it.
That said, the jury is out for me on this block. It definitely looks "wrong", but I'm not convinced that it looks "good". I'll keep an eye on it. It might blend in well enough as the quilt grows. In the meantime, I loved putting the little umbrella bird - courtesy of Miss PamKittyMorning - in the middle. :)
Original Block #11
A little more embroidery this week with a two-toned stem. Again, easy enough to make it a thicker one with fabric, if embroidery isn't your thing. I think I should have stitched the second row closer, so they are touching. But I'm pretty sure I'm not going to fix it. I'm calling this one DONE!
Original Block #12