An email from Lauri Nuske this morning:
I participate in rr's and dyb's and have fun embellishing the different blocks. Most blocks I send out are solids or light patterned. So when I get a block that is heavy patterned, like lots of flowers and calicos and dark prints, I get stumped as to what to add that won't get lost in the print. Any suggestions?"
Well Laurie this is always a problem for me also... We all want to do our best and have it show... but as you say it is difficult, if not impossible, on busy blocks...
Sharon B. incorporates some large busy prints in her work but balances it with large dramatic buttons, dense floral clusters, and heavy and/or textured threads.
Everything you use or do will have to make a statement stronger than the prints. The next time you get such a block send me a picture of it and I will see if I can give you some ideas...
But personally I find a whole block of busy prints extremely discouraging and it makes my work much less enjoyable.. Last spring I did two posts on this very subject and how Cathy K. and Janet P. handled busy blocks head on.
Note: My life is finally settling and in a week or two things should be back to normal... I missed doing this blog and noticed several emails for it. I will catch up as I can.. Stay tuned.