I’m puzzled by the lights and dark

Plural lights and singular dark.  I finished sewing the blocks for the kaleidoscope quilt I began in the spring. The pattern creates optical illusions, which intrigue me.   I followed the lights and darks of the pattern obsessively with the intent of piecing the four different blocks: A-B-A-B…C-D-C-D; very orderly , very simple.  Not!  When the blocks were carefully laid out in order, they looked too orderly.  I was stumped.  Every time I went into my work room, I moved a few pieces around.  Then I slept on it, not literally on it, but in spirit, and when I woke up I decided to throw order out the window, mostly, and just lay them out randomly.  Now I’ve been moving the random pieces around so they are almost ordered.  I didn’t expect such a contrast from the the lights and the dark.  The light components jump off the quilt while the dark ones recede and go into hiding.


I’m not sure which version awaits me.  I think I just have to stop looking and start sewing.

The other light is an outdoor light fixture I have puzzled over for several hours, took apart the light, the switch and now Tim has tested it with different fixtures.  Apparently it’s the wiring.  We’ll leave that one in the dark for now.

Latest Arrangement

Sideways, random order

3 thoughts on “I’m puzzled by the lights and dark

  1. Love it … and that you are struggling with the placement. My first ever quilt class was with Nancy Crow who was/is one of the very top quilters in the nation and internationally. (GOOGLE her) She was very overpowering and intimidating but I love her work and know that it has inspired me. Her quilts always had a ‘random’ (not) aspect and I remember her talking about placement. She would put a quilt on the design wall and every time she came into the studio a few pieces would unsettle her and she would change them. A quilt had to remain unchanged for 3 days before she sewed it together. You are struggling with the best.


  2. Oh I love it!! Beautiful work. I’ve always wanted to try Kaleidoscope, maybe one day I will….:)

    One way to look at the light and dark values differently is to take a black & white photo – it really shows up the contrasts.


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