Ahh that light that occasionally comes on!!

Sometimes I am amazed that it takes me so long to see the light.  I'd blame it on senility but it has been a life long problem....  For years when I am stitching, I put a brown paper bag  on the floor to my left to put all the scraps etc. into... But I often accidentally knock something off the table and it falls into the bag... So it is a ritual to check the bag before I toss it....   Then after all these years I had a moment of brilliance and realized  I always was holding my stitching with my left hand and it was the left arm resting on the table that was knocking items off the table.  I moved the paper bag to my right side and the problem was solved because my right arm never touches the table......  Duh!!!!

I have a piece I have been trying to finish for Pam Kellogg and  had a bothersome patch.  It for just too big for anything I could think of and it was too large to leave blank... I was like a big hole in the design and I kept trying to think of  something to fill the space.  The again the light finally came on....instead of trying in vain to fill the space.....just make the space smaller by widening the seam with a piece of contrasting ribbon.   Duh!

Below is an old post on modifying the shape of a patch.. Enjoy!:

I had three areas I wanted to change..

1. I wanted the orange patch to appear bigger and make the lavender patch beneath it a little more interesting shape. 
2. The teeny tiny corner patch upper right was just too small so I either had to make it appear larger or disappear.

3. The long narrow patch lower left just had to disappear..

First the orange patch.... I put a purple ribbon on a very wide orange ribbon and stitched it at the very lower edge of the orange patch making the orange patch look larger... By putting it at a slight angle it changed the shape of the lilac patch below it.. You don't have to ALWAYS follow the seam//


I used the same treatment to solve two different problems (#2 and #3)... an extra large bold seam.... 
and it made #2 (tiny triangle) seem larger by again putting it on the very edge of the patch. and #3 (long narrow strip) seem to disappear.

The bold seams are always an excellent way to draw OR focus attention on a block


Marilyn said...

Gotta love those "well duh" moments :). I seem to have more of them as I get older. Now I'm off to make a bunch of little "notions" bags to use up a whole bunch of blue jean zippers in various sizes that someone gave me. I also go a nice lot of batik fat quarters for Christmas so I'm using them and the zippers to make my pretty storage bags.

crafty cat corner said...

I like the combination of purple and orange, beautiful.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Sometimes we do something in one certain way for so long and we have a hard time thinking that there might be another means of accomplishing the same thing - often, as you found out, there IS a better way.

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