When playing with design, you have to keep the balance of the original (and perhaps improve upon it). In the case of My Way, this means positioning similarly shaped motifs opposite each other. It's difficult to describe, but pictures can help tell the story.
In the original design, the layout of the blocks is as follows:
Notice how some similar motifs are positioned relative to each other:
- Blocks B and E both have the rounded square inner area, with corner areas that emphasize a diagonal direction away from the center of the block. These are in the two middle positions of the design.
- Located in two opposing corners of the design, blocks A and F have a distinct cross in the center with corners that remind me of a log cabin quilt.
- Blocks C and D are in the other two corners, and have a diamond-shaped center with corners that have an all-over, non-directional pattern.
In one of the remaining two corners of the design, block C has been started. Block F is planned for the opposite corner. In stitching F, I'll need to select colors carefully to emphasize a diamond shape rather than a cross as in Carolyn's original. Oh, and I need to use the corners from block D here to balance those of block C.
Confused yet? Don't worry. It is confusing, especially when it's not sitting right in front of you. The point is that if you're going to make significant changes to the layout of a geometric design, sometimes you need to walk a tightrope (i.e. keep balancing!) while juggling (areas of the design, that is).
Erin update: Hooray! The cast is off! Erin did NOT enjoy the process of cutting it off. Can you say terrified? After a rough evening yesterday, she did fairly well today. She does need to wear a brace most of the time, but it can be removed for some play times. She really enjoyed being able to wiggle, and managed to roll from stomach to back (twice!), even though her legs are still pretty stiff and stick out to each side.
The unfortunate news is that Erin's left hip is still quite unstable. She will need to undergo further surgery after her first birthday and then have another cast for six weeks. :-(
For now, I'm enjoying having my squishy baby back. :-)