Friday, July 27, 2007

optical illusions

I have been suffering a bit with a cold so didn't really want to start anything for fear of making a mistake. So I have been playing about with some old UFO's - which is something I should be doing anyway. I decided that I would sort these blocks out and get them made up. These are for Byron's ( grandson) quilt. He has loved Buzz Lightyear for absolutely ages and so I decided to make this last year. However if I don't hurry up he will be past Buzz and onto something else. I also though that if I had all the blocks trimmed ready to sew and next to the machine it would be much quicker.


Then I remembered why it became a UFO.

The pattern is here and doesn't really show up that well. But I had enough fabric in my stash to make it and so off I went. The picture on the left shows the layout from the pattern. The picture on the right shows the striped blocks turned sideways. I felt that when I had the blocks the long way the quilt just looked too long and not wide enough even though the dimensions are the same. Of course there are no borders yet so that could make a difference. So here I am again trying to work out which one I prefer. I have a few opinions already but I thought maybe I would put it out into the bigger world and see what happens. Which one do you like?
(and of course I wonder why I am worrying about this so much - Byron will probably love it no matter which way it is.)

9 comments:

dianne said...

Hi Bettsy, the stripes going sideways for me. Optical illusion or not I like the framing effect of the green.

Nan said...

I agree with Dianne - I like the stripes sideways also. Shows off the colors better! You're right - he'll love it no matter which way the stripes go!

joyce said...

Crossways stripes for me too.I agree that it looks wider that way.

Beth said...

make it 4 votes for sideways...I think the stripes going up and down makes it appear to be too long and not wide enough. Optical illusion?

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Definately crossways for me too. I agree with you that it makes the quilt look too long and out of proportion the other way.

Tanya Brown said...

I'm with you in thinking that when the stripes are placed lengthwise, they emphasize the length of the piece.

I really admire your color sense; I wouldn't have thought to use these colors together, but what you've done is marvelous.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Chookyblue said...

go with the right pics.nice quilt he will love it.......

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Sideways for me, but just finish it-it will be much more loved either way with it's intended recipient than in your sewing room, lol Tracey

Tazzie said...

I just had to show your quilt to my son, he just loves Buzz! We're both very impressed!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)