Smile, and feed the soul

I survived the second go-live of the week today, and my brain is sloshy and very liquid. I've been sifting through the piles of fabric I cut during the week-long power outage after the April 27th tornadoes...

Pentatonic will forever be one of my tornado quilts. Here's how I cut fabric for it without power... cnaPentatonic in progress

and Pentatonic is actually starting to take shape. The insane idea of using only two fabrics is actually working.

There are a couple of small mistakes in my template, but it's useful for planning the general idea:

Funny ... I was so sure this needed to have a black background ... and now I'm not sure. I look at this and think about how amazing it would be if the colors flowed evenly instead of being chopped up like this.

It gives me shivers. I'm on to something here. cnaScreenshot on white

I've gotten enough stars done that I can start sorting them by similarity:

Now comes the time to pause. I don't have all of the stars done, but I know how many I need, and I know what kind of groupings I need, as well.

The star in the upper-right corner will be the center of the quilt, I think; it's such a lovely, dark vortex. Next I have to pick five stars to surround it, and I am inclined to go with five green ones. I have four; I just need one more.

After that, I'll need five external points. I think those will be the purple stars on the upper-left.

After that:

Sets of 6: 4
Sets of 5: 3
Sets of 4: 2
Unique: 1 cnaOrganization begins

What I know:

  • The star in the upper-right corner will be the center of the quilt, I think; it's such a lovely, dark vortex.
  • Next I have to pick five stars to surround it, and I am inclined to go with five green ones. I have four; I just need one more.
  • After that, I'll need five external points. I think those will be the purple stars on the upper-left.
  • Sets of 6: 4 (These could be a total of 8 sets-of-3 depending how it shakes out)
  • Sets of 5: 3
  • Sets of 4: 2
  • Unique: 1

It's actually happening -- one star at a time. I think a glass of wine is in order.

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Now I'm thinking about how it would work to cut one of these stack-and-whack style.

(Nevermind that my last stack-and-whack try was a wadder... even if the print repeats side by side, do not think you can get eight layers out of four lengthwise reps!)

September 1, 2011