Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bonnie Hunter-Lazy Sunday-Part 2

It was hard to wait, but I finally have the Quiltmaker magazine with Part 2. I have been busily cutting fabrics as directed.  I decided to start with the X block because it only needed the two purple squares and units from Part 1 to complete the block. They went together pretty easily. The benefit of doing this first is I realized that the pink might be a dominate color in the quilt so I rethought some of my pink fabric selections.

 I realized I had too much variation in value. My pinks where all over the place.  I had this problem in Easy Street. I love that quilt, but after it was together I realized there was a lot of range in the value of my greens. The squares where lovely, but some of the pattern did not show as well as it would have if they where closer in value.  I know Bonnie showed us how to use paint chips and match scraps to those color ranges. That lesson went right over my head. I gleefully picked all these lovely greens I had been collecting. One fabric had all the green colors in it, so it made perfect sense at the time to use them all. Forget that lesson on value. Notice that the purple and teals work well together. Actually that was just a happy accident. I am being more thoughtful in how I approach Lazy Sunday.

Notice how I lose the pattern as I moved from lime green to dark green.

  So although I am sometimes slow to learn, I do learn. I am using different fabrics than Bonnie, but I tried  to keep an eye on the value of my fabric. I made a  conscious decision to use the lighter purple in the corners of the X block.. I originally was going to use the same purple in the four patch. These fabrics are actually the same pattern, but two different colors. I laid it out, but felt the dark purple was too strong. I want a soft summery look for this quilt, so I went with the lighter. Only time will tell if this works, as I have figured out that these mystery quilts can be tricky. 

24 X blocks. all done!

There are two other units to make. And lots of each to do.  I only needed four of the unit with the green. Easy enough, those are done. However I need 92 of the pink and white unit....still working. I don't know if this unit has a name. But I realized that we used this in Easy Street. I looked at Easy Street to see if I could get some clues about how this might go together, but no luck. I picked this fabric with the pink and yellow because it went well with the pink batik I used in the four patch units. Also as you see below I substituted yellow for the orange, so this seems to bring it all together.

So here in my last unit for this part. You can see my yellow rather than orange. It's a stonehenge fabric.It just says Summer to me.I have decided that my Lazy Sunday will happen in the summer with some sweet tea!  Even if this won't be done by this summer.  I hope we get to use even more of the yellow.. This unit was also easy to put together. I think I am getting the hang of this.

Unit 10 - need 96

So the mystery deepens. All that is left from Part I is this lonely little unit.

Unit 2-148 of them.
We still have not touched our blue fabric. Bonnie used teals. I chose a hydrangea blue fabric. It looks lovely with the yellow. It remains to be seen if they will be playing together or not.  So back to the sewing machine only 180 units to go before this baby goes back in the bin to wait for Part III.

I want to add that I recently join Quilt With Us, an online site sponsored by Connecting Threads. There's a group on the site that is working on this quilt. It is so much fun to see what others are doing and just chat about how our quilts are coming together. 

I have to close with a "all right" moment. I was reading the blog from BH on Jared Takes A Wife. I looked at that block and all of a sudden I started seeing the components of the block. I recognized some of the sections as units I have done in mystery quilts.Yes! This was super cool as my granddaughter says. I feel like I am really growing as a quilter. I follow another blogger ( who subtitles her blog "or how I learned to quilt on the internet". It is true. You really can learn to quilt on the internet. And as we learn we are quilting together. How cool.

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