As I said, I have a lot to say about quilting.

My camera was in the lost and found at the school, where I hadn’t checked because both #2 son and one of my students had highly circumstantial stories of camera sightings after I had taken the camera to school.

Here I have my collection of art nouveau fabrics — reproductions and  retro-styled  ones I’ve been collecting.

And there is the pattern I want to use with them: Birds in the Air, with an applique border.

It’s in a mix of dark and light prints, all different colors hsading diagonally through the quilt, and it looks very cool.

I had an assortment of dark and medium prints in the art nouveau style, ranging from black and brown through purple, pink, and green. I searched high and low for lights, and found the stripe you see. It is exactly the hard-to-find shade of rose beige which has been my favorite color for several months now. It has stripes with very pale, thin stripes within the stripe, and then it has the sort of flowery border stripe effect. I don’t know how to describe it, but here’s the picture so you can see what I mean.

The fabric was 40% off, which is of course a mystical message saying, “True, you have no time to make a quilt, but you should start one anyway.”

Each stripe is a bit less than 2″ wide.

That’s the problem. I figured I could just use the pale stripey bits for the piecing, and then use the flowery bits for borders and binding and whatnot.

However, the pattern specifies 3 and 7/8″ strips.

So I made a square as directed, and you can see it, the great big one below.

There’s a whole lot of the flowery bit showing in all the pieces. It is conceivable that I could, by cutting the triangles with a template rather than in strips, get all the small triangles just from the pale stripes. It would be impossible with the large triangles.

I also made a small one, just as big as could be made by cutting the stripes out as strips. The larger triangle, even at that size, probably can’t be made just with the stripes.

The question, then, is this: can I use the rose beige fabric and get the effect I want, or should I just use it to make a nightgown and start over looking for lights?

And, whichever way that goes, should I make the squares as big as the pattern suggests? They seem enormous, too big for a quilt, really. But even with that many, they say it’ll require forty-two of them. The smaller ones would require 168, and I really don’t have time for that.

#1 daughter claims that she and I share a tendency to over-analyze things. I tend to think that analysis is a good thing, just by definition. But the last couple of posts here may be making you think that she’s right about that.

I think I can say with confidence that very pale art nouveau prints aren’t generally available. But I could use white. or cream. or even a very pale pink, which would have such a similar effect as using rose beige that there would probably be, in real life, no discernible difference. I’m not sure how much of the cooolness of the effect of the quilt in the book relies on the combination of dark and light prints.

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