Monday, March 16, 2015

Got It!

After a lot of tinkering, I like this layout, and it's the one I will sew together:
It's a little bit jumpy, it has a lot of verve and liveliness, and it doesn't depend on symmetry. It needs another row, but that won't be a problem.

This was okay, but it was kinda boring.

This wasn't bad, but here are twenty blocks arranged four columns by five rows. This layout depends on symmetry for its success. The quilt needed to be five blocks by six, which meant the pattern would have 2-1/2 half repeats, instead of 3. That bothered me. There are four columns here, so it looks good, but five would look a bit weird.

This arrangement is more or less a combination of the previous two, but again, there are five rows and the design looks off balanced and incomplete.  Why not make the quilt bigger? Because this is going to a kid who's going off to college. He doesn't need a queen sized quilt at 18.

When I decided to see what would happen if I let the light/dark centers idea go to hell, I knew I had it as soon as I arranged the first four blocks.

I wanted a quilt that was lively and energetic. Orange and purple have a lot of energy on their own, and I wanted to keep that going, not tone it down, as I felt some of the other arrangements did. I'm happy with this, and excited again.


Megan said...

Yay yay yay, Lynne. It looks fabulous and I'm very pleased to hear that you're excited again about making it and getting it finished. Well done that woman.

Sydney, Australia

Mystic Quilter said...

Such a vibrant setting - glorious colours!

Ruth said...


Sujata Shah said...

Lynne, This is an incredible post. Lot of thinking and contemplating went on here. Your quilt looks beautiful with orange and purple!

suzanne, dutchess county NY said...

Love it!

Anonymous said...

And then, the clouds part, the sun comes out, and the quilt says "This Way!".

Marei said...

Verve, Lively, Energetic....all perfect words to describe this great layout.

Quiltdivajulie said...

What a great post -- and the quilt layout is excellent.

Eileen said...

I can't tell you why, because I certainly haven't an artistic bone in my body, but I love the first arrangement the best.

Very nice!

Margaret said...

Helpful post on your decision making.
Love how it is looking!