As I was creating this block the flowers wanted to lean right and I imagined a strong west wind pushing against their stems. And then the crow wanted to face the wind instead of having his feathers ruffled and blown backward. It's funny how parts of a quilt block will insist. (Sorry for the poor photo. We had a few sunny days but the block wasn't finished. Now it's grey again.)
Things always take longer than I expect they will. I thought about this Cheri Payne Baskets of Plenty block for several weeks and then a few days before I knew Cheri would post the next one (which is the 10th or 11th of the month), I began cutting fabric, playing with placement, cutting more and/or different fabric, rearranging pieces, etc., thinking I would finish it in two or three days! Not me. Here it is nearly a week later and it's finally finished. The new block has been available for several days: I think I'll start on it tomorrow.
When I look at primitive quilts I often see muted colors. I love the look but I can't seem to create it myself. Most of my fabrics are either bright or dark/dull with few muted colors among them.
I seem to have the inability to choose all fabric for a block/quilt before I begin cutting. I gather fabrics but then when I cut one element I reconsider all the other fabrics for the other parts. So every element gets several auditions and they are sometimes cut and partially stitched before I change my mind. Sometimes I think I have impaired artistic vision.
About the albino crow. I auditioned all three of the crows in the photo above but none seemed just right. I thought about black but knew it would disappear against the brown basket. Are there albino crows, I wondered. Yes, there are photos online and they are beautiful. So that's how this crow came to be on this block. Does that albino crow look "primitive" to you?
This block, with its plain muslin background fabric, brought to my attention how much the addition of Cheri's tea/coffee dying impacts the overall appearance of primitive blocks and quilts. I won't use tea/coffee because it washes out and I want this quilt to be washable and usable when it's finished. (What is it with stains? When we want them to wash out, they are stubbornly resistant. If we want them to stay they're gone after the first wash.) Walnut hulls will make a similar dye which, in my experience, is permanent. I'll collect some hulls in late summer/early fall before the rain leaches the dye out of them, make a dyepot full, and use it the same way Cheri uses her tea/coffee dye. Any extra will freeze for later use.
As always this has been a fun and challenging experience -- so many options, so many fabrics! And, as always, the variety of blocks made from the same elements is amazing and such fun to see. If you're interested in participating and you have a facebook account, you can request to join Cheri's facebook page: Quilts by Cheri ~ Friendship Group. She continues to welcome new members.
I'm linking this post to
> Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
> finish it up Friday at crazy mom quilts
> Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
> Sew Stitch Snap SHARE #4 at Koka Quilts
Thanks for hosting, ladies.