Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A? B? or C? Layout Decisions

I decided what shape I am making with my offset log cabin blocks.  Yay.  Today I got all 12 blocks sewn together.  Now I need to figure out a layout.  I know which one I'm leaning towards; if you want to weigh in, do so in the comments!  The quilt is named Wings.
Here the wings go from dark to light, sort of ROYGBIV but not really

I flipped some of the darks to the opposite ends to balance it
Totally random, winging it, ha
For that last one, I took all my freshly ironed blocks, threw them in a Rubbermaid container that holds batting, closed the lid, and pulled out random ones without looking.  Put them up in order starting at the top left.  I only ignored this total randomness on the second draw when the dark green came out right after the first pale green block. I just put it in the second spot but the second row as opposed to the first.

I could not believe how not one of the low volume strips touches an identical strip in all 3 layouts.  I did not plan to have so many different final 8.5 and 9.5" strips.  That's why it's good to have LOTS of scraps, right?!

As suggested by Judy, I edited a photo to tonal to see the values.
Interesting how you see the more even distribution of lights and darks in black and white.

I'm thinking that this is going to be my August goal for ALYoF at Sew Bittersweet Designs.  I had no idea I was going to make this quilt, no idea how it would turn out, or that I would even be near to a flimsy a few days into August, so why not see if I can't get it quilted by the end of the month?

So which do you prefer?  Let me know, and why.  If you haven't seen this before, it is Cynthia's Scrap-a-Palooza quilt #16 found here.  Sixteen.  I have made nine of them so far, I think...and my scrap bins have not gone down much at all...

I actually have an idea for a scrap quilt of my own to be used as another wheelchair quilt for seniors.  My guild has decided that as the charity event for our Christmas party this year, they want members to make one to donate to one of several seniors' residences in Essex County.  I get to do the demo at the September meeting.  Eeek.  Since I already gave away the two I made using Scrap-a-Palooza patterns, I will have to make another.  Oh darn.

This afternoon:  since there was no cushion on the footstool, Rocco decided to take advantage of the cushion on the patio chair I had just vacated! He is such a funny boy.

He had a big day today: we walked to the library, where he got to go inside with me, a first for him, to pick up a book I had on hold (the second in Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series, Young Adult books, the first one was excellent, inspired by actual, very odd, old black and white photographs).

He walked sedately beside me up to the desk and, much to the delight of the two librarians, promptly hopped up on his hind legs, front paws on the counter, as if to say, hi!  We then trotted a few blocks over to the bank, where we went just inside the vestibule to the Instant Teller, been there, done that, although he pulled to go all the way inside to the real tellers!  Figured he'd been allowed inside the library, why not inside here too?!

Linking up with WIP at Freshly Pieced.


  1. I think I like C best, but they are all pretty cool.

  2. I like both the second and third layouts, maybe the third best. Sometimes it's so hard to choose. I love the name Wings for this quilt.

  3. I like B - better balance of the dark blocks. Good luck finishing it for your August goal.

  4. B and C are my favorites, with probably a slight preference for B. They are all lovely and you really can't go wrong! Good luck with your goal!

  5. I am a fan of B but they all look great!

  6. I like the third the best, but the second is nice also.

  7. I'm no help, I think that all the layouts look great. Funny that you tried them in black and white, I just put up a blog post about using that to check colour values and how people can be surprised by the difference it makes! Your layouts look like they spread the darker tones out well :)

  8. B is my favorite - I like the balance of the lights/darks and the cools/warms in that layout.
    I have Hollow City but haven't read it yet. Loved Miss Peregrine's School!

  9. I like B the best as well. It has a nice mix of the light and dark. Great progress on your blocks. It sounds like Rocco had a great day.I am still leash training the new puppy. She either wants to walk herself holding the leash handle or do her best boat anchor impression.

  10. I like B the best as well. It has a nice mix of the light and dark. Great progress on your blocks. It sounds like Rocco had a great day.I am still leash training the new puppy. She either wants to walk herself holding the leash handle or do her best boat anchor impression.

  11. I think I am the only one who likes A the best! But like everyone else, I know your final decision will make a beautiful quilt! I really like how the blocks look like butterflies!

  12. B for me, I love how the first row of color and the darks are more balanced.

  13. I like B best. It is more balanced, with a better mix of light and darks.

  14. For really no reason particular I'm partial to option A. And I loved both of those books, it was such a great concept.

  15. Ummm, I kinda dig the total random one! I think any of these layouts will be awesome! I love this layout for these blocks.

    Rocco is such a sweet boy :)

  16. wow.. they all look nice. But I would vote for B. Best balance of lights and darks. Great quilt!!!

  17. I like the third one best - but I am always drawn to more random layouts: they hold my attention for longer somehow.

  18. I love them all! And Ohhh Rocco! <3


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