Before I worked up the courage to share this dilemma on my blog I confided my disappointment with a quilt artist and friend I respect and admire, Shirley Bloomfield.
Shirley figured it out right away. The reason the drawing/pattern looks fine and the quilt does not is VALUE (degree of lightness or darkness in a color). The original drawing/sketch was only a line drawing. No lights and darks were defined.
If I had shaded a photocopy of the original line drawing, I would have seen the huge wing shapes right away and pulled out my trusty BIG eraser!
Yes, this is embarrassing, but I wanted to share because it’s been such a valuable lesson - VALUE is always in charge.
OK – now I’m off to pay Mr. Taxman.
Mercy in Miami
aka The Savage Quilter