I’m working on that UFO. More accurately, I’ve stalled working on that UFO, because of balance problems.
Last time I showed you a couple of ideas for finishing the 6-pointed star with borders. Both were good ideas, and I kept playing in EQ7 to refine them. This was the winner:
Pretty, huh? I liked the airy way the chains of 4-patches wrapped around the center. After arriving home over the weekend, I set to work making 40 double-4-patches to construct the borders. They finished well, and I was excited to lay them out around the center. But I don’t like the look at all. They definitely look better in the drawing than they do in real life.
The balance is all wrong. The visual weight of the center (everything in the center so far, including the 4-patches on point and the 1″ dark pink border outside of them) is too heavy, relative to the weight of the chains. The difference is so stark, the border chain blocks seem completely disconnected from the center, as if they are from different quilts.
Unity: the design principle that all the elements and components of a design look like they belong, that they are unified, or one.
Balance: the design principle that elements and components of a design have equal distribution of visual weight.
My chains are not well balanced with the center, and in fact, are so badly balanced as to look like they don’t belong.
So it was back to the literal drawing board of EQ7. I have a tentative plan, but you might understand that I’m shy about showing it right now. First I’ll see if it works.
How is your week going? Are you making good progress, or are you in steps-forward and steps-back mode, like I am?