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Quilt: Reflections on a Koi Pond

Measuring approximately 58" x 53/5"

I've been working on this one for a long time; the camera roll shows that the date for the picture taken most recently since today was dated May 2016. The time spent on finishing this quilt hasn't been taken up by the actual piecing, but in trying to decide if this quilt is done as is, or if there is more to be done. The actual piecing is deceptively complicated looking, when in actuality, it couldn't be simpler than sewing a log cabin block and then cutting the resulting block into strips.

This has been an exercise in improvisation, which is always so much more difficult than following a set path, beginning with the middle section bordered by the white bands. Originally the impetus for a quilt of blue was that I wanted to use up my strips of blue fabric collected over many years of quilting; for the most part, they are all leftover pieces from other projects. There is a lot of fabric. Collectively, yards and yards, and so even with all of this piecing, there is still so much leftover.

But with the middle piece, the size seemed too small to consider this done. So it took some time to decide how to make the quilt bigger. Hence, the bands, then followed by even more bands of the blue strips. When viewed vertically, the quilt doesn't look finished to me. However, simply by turning it 90 degrees, the quilt looks much more complete as a comprehensive design.

After sitting with this for an hour or so, it kind of reminds me of the surface of a pond with the diagonal bands sort of like stylized ripples. And the bright squares in the middle could be those brightly colored gorgeous koi. Hence, the working title "Reflections on a Koi Pond".

I think I need to sit with this for a while longer to decide how to next proceed. I like it now, but I wonder if there is more that could be done to make this a stronger design.

The numbers in the bright colored squares reminded me of the desired color layout.


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