|Trillium in Technicolor as seen in my book Dancing with Thread|
Trillium in Technicolor is a quilt I was very proud of. There were several new things that I tried and they were successful. However, something has always bothered me about the quilt.
So here is the big tip: I hung the quilt up in my bedroom where I would see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. After several weeks I figured out the problem, the largest flower was bright orange and it always seemed to scream at me. The solution was to change the flower. Am I crazy? I finished this quilt 2 years ago, why am I fooling with it now? Well, I'd like to show a grouping of trillium pieces in my autumn show at the LaConner Quilt Museum.
I knew the replaced flower had to be in the pink or rose color family, it would blend better with the remaining flowers.
|Auditioning soft pink fabric: not too bad, maybe I like it!|
|Auditioning deeper rose fabric: I like this better!|
|Parchment pattern piece on lower right petal|
|The first rose petal is hand appliqued into position. I also added a light pink edge on one side.|
|On the second evening, I cut out and appliqued the second petal|
|All three petals are appliqued into place.|
Using one of the parchment pattern pieces I doodled some designs that would be effective and similar to the quilting patterns used on the smaller flowers. There were two different Rainbow Variegated Threads that worked with the rose color: I chose #814 because it added more depth to the quilting.
First I worked up my confidence level, then I began to quilt. It really didn't take too long, even though I took my time, this is the LAST chance for this Trillium.
|Detail show of the new and improved rose colored trillium|
So here is the completed quilt, I'm looking at it right now, as I am writing this. It is successful, the colors work well together, and I'm thrilled with how all the quilting patterns have formed a cohesive whole.
|Trillium in Technicolor an original quilt by Ann Fahl|
This method will work for you, if you ever find yourself in a similar situation! Be calm, take your time, think the solution through, maybe even making a test sample first. Wearing a bright colored pair of socks will always make you feel better and get you in the mood for "quilt improvement."
If you have a problem quilt, put somewhere you can see it all the time. Eventually the answer will come to you. Then you can decide whether to make changes or not--that's up to you. You have put so many hours into your work, it would be a shame to stuff it into a closet and try and forget about it! Maybe there is a simple solution that will improve the quilt.
Have a rose filled holiday weekend.