It's the last week of June, which puts us close to the mid-point of the year. This has been such a crazy, frustrating and frightening year in many ways, but I'm going to avoid all that for now and concentrate on quilting.
It seemed like a good time to figure out where I stand with the Orange Peel blocks that I have been making for a year and a half as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. These started out as a hand-stitching project for my train ride to work, but of course I haven't been riding the train for several months now. I haven't yet settled into a regular routine for hand sewing time at home, but I do pull them out occasionally and make a few more.
It's so helpful to see them all up on the wall together. I was able to figure out how many more to make of a few colors, although I still need to work out the corners. I could also see a couple blocks that just don't work, like this one with the chili pepper fabric. The background fabric just looks too light with the other blocks. I've already cut the pieces to remake that block with a darker background.
The same background fabric is also a problem in the bottom left block below. It doesn't look as pale as the previous shot because the lighting wasn't very good around the outer edges. I know that the background will look much lighter than the others, plus it is too close to the same value as the purple peel, and they just blend together. I've also recut this block.
With any luck, I will be able to finish making the rest of the blocks I need for this quilt and get them all joined together by the end of the year.
Julie in GA