I got "Summer Mandala" back from PIQF yesterday, and I have to say that I thought the judges totally nailed the "weak link" in my quilt: "Design lacks definition"...
There is a tug of war in crazy quilting between the spontaneous, decide-as-you-go approach, and the totally-planned-out-before-you-start way to go. I have never been a planner.
But I knew that quilt had focus problems after I had finally figured out what I wanted to do with it (which when I was already well into the process of embellishing it) but didn't care enough to go back and start over.
I think the design of a crazy quilt truly is grounded in its piecing.And with traditional crazies, like the "H" quilt, that is easy. But when you try and push into the more contemporary CQ zone, it leads to challenges, at least for me. How do I get a really refined composition as I am winging it?
I don't know if I will ever be a real sketcher/planner, but I have a lot of good stuff to mull over these days.
The laptop bag block is a nice place for me to think on these issues. I am ignoring the piecing lines almost entirely in my embellishment, wanting to see how much I can force the design of the overall block to my vision, which as usual is overwhelming flower-ness!