The blocks made from the book Stratavarious do not show well with my brown scraps. I'm sure I could go to the scrap drawer and find better mixes of texture but that's not the challenge right?
Pictures of the two other block sets I'm making this year, and I like them both:
They are all made from strings/strips.
The stratavarious pattern is a half-square triangle block.
The next one down with no name, is a four-patch of diagonally set triangles.
The diamonds are randomly pieced, then cut.
Being analytical by nature, I thought about why the first blocks do not look good.
1. I am cheap. I keep almost every scrap people give me even if I don't like them because I know there will come a time when that will be the perfect color or print for a project.
2. I used those brown strips I don't like much for this project
3. The tones just do not resonate with me and there is no other way to view them in this block, meaning they are not part of a tree trunk, or a bird's wing, or someone's hair.
When ugly colors/prints are used as a component for bark for instance, you don't notice the fabric, you notice the blend of fabrics.
I don't often make something I feel is a total failure, as I figure out how to use stuff. It's one of the creativity exercises I do. These blocks are a loss, no way around it. For now they are stored with the others.
So what do you do with blocks that don't turn out the way you expected?
See other brown blocks at the RSC2016 party today. Looking forward to a color change next month.