Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tweaking designs

 I thought I had this block all figured out on paper.


Not bad, but hubby thought he looked a little, well, bloated.  Part of me just wanted to get this quilt done and said it was fine.  The other part of me wanted to get this done right and agreed Ducky was a little round.  After tweaking the design and cutting into more scraps, I think Ducky looks more comfortable, and certainly more like the rubber duckies gathering dust atop my bathroom cabinet since the kids outgrew them.

You can see I have done a bit more work beyond just the block, but I'm not quite ready for the reveal yet.  Soon!
I tweaked my puppy block too.  At least I figured that one out before sewing.  Here's how he started out.

 

He didn't quite fill the block the way I needed him to.  Plus, when I came back to him after a good night's sleep I no longer thought he was cute.  He seemed rather stern, like a guard dog on duty.  I started over almost from scratch to transform him into a cuddlier-looking pooch.


Now I'm working on Mr. Owl.  I went through several iterations in EQ. The first few looked more like bats.  I also polled my coworkers for opinions and fine-tuned him a little.


He needs a few little tweaks, including to my medium brown fabric choice.  I think the print is too busy and he'd look better in a solid or an almost-solid.  I think the design is almost set, though I'm not quite sure about those ear tufts, and that beak is not quite right.  I'll sleep on it and see.  I know exactly where he's going to live once I get him just right!


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17 comments:

  1. I like the roundness of your bloated duck - but I have to agree that the proportions look better on your final design. Your hound dog is really cute. I can't imagine trying to design any of these. Very cool!

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  2. Your designs are adorable! I do like the new duck and the new puppy is perfect! ~Jeanne

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  3. These designs are darling! I agree that while the first duck was cute, the second is more like a rubber ducky.

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  4. These are awesome! And yes, sometimes what happens in fabric is not what we designed on paper, so good to make test pieces. Thank you for sharing these on Midweek Makers!

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  5. I could have settled for the first ones, but I agree the editing on both the ducky and puppy were worth the time. The owl looks perfect to me now. I couldn't do any of those from scratch if I tried a month! ---"Love"

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  6. Your blocks are looking real cute! I think my favorite is your little owl! He looks great!
    Susie

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  7. Your designs are really nice. I like the puppy; he looks as if he's on his best behaviour, waiting for a treat!

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  8. These are so cute! I actually like both versions of the puppy! :)

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  9. The second version of the puppy is definitely a win. I rather like the first version of the duck though. Actually reminds me of the giant inflated duck we just had here at Canalside in Buffalo!

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  10. A great improvement on the duck block. And your puppy is adorable.

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  11. The duckie is a cutie! But that dog . . . wow! I love him! I think he'd be a great project for an RSC quilt! (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

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  12. These are so cute! I could have sworn I left a comment before but I guess it never posted. The owl is my favorite.

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  13. Aww... I love each one of these! That little pooch is just adorable!

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  14. Well I'd never have thought I'd see you making animal blocks! These are cute, stern dog and all (I have one, named Naala; she's our protector) I don't know if I agree about the medium brown fabric for the owl, looks kind of feathery IMHO and I like it. One day I hope to have EQ...

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  15. Your blocks are so cute, I especially like the duck!

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  16. The blocks are look so pretty! Especially love the one with the duck ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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