Sunday, July 18, 2021

Experimenting with Layouts

While I can plan string quilts on EQ8, the pictures never show the real variety of string blocks.When I made Multi-Color Stars, I mentioned that I was going to make an experiment to see if I could show the layout to better effect. Here are the results.
 

String Stars 65" x 75" (straight layout)

String Stars 65" x 75" (offset layout)

Other than the layout, these quilts are alike in overall size, size of blocks (4.5" finished), mix of strings, and fabric for the stars. With the straight layout, the string diamonds come together in fours (focus on the shape formed by the diamonds).

Straight

 

With the offset layout, the string pattern includes diamonds and zigzags.


Offset

Because they are string blocks, they are busy and the secondary pattern of strings can be hard to see. Done in two colors, it would likely be more obvious, but I like the variety of scrappy string blocks.

I finished both with the same backing and binding.

Straight

Offset

 

I am pleased with both layouts, and I really have no preference for one over the other. What do you think?


Happy Quilting! 😸









10 comments:

  1. I never remember to come in and check your blog - but I'm sure glad I followed a link today. You may encourage me (YET) to do something with the box of selvage cuttings I have.

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    1. I've never used selvages--except to tie up tomato plants! I've seen some pretty projects using them.

      Thanks for visiting. :)

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  2. They are both great and sparkle with all the colors. I might prefer the offset one because it’s different than what is usually done.

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    1. Thanks! It is a little out-of-the-ordinary--I don't really have a favorite. I was just curious what other people thought.
      Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  3. Both layouts are great as they both make interesting secondary designs, love them! I am a big fan of scrappy any quilts!

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    1. Thank you. I really don't have a preference either; I just wanted to see what they would look like in comparison. Thanks for visiting.

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  5. i'm going to have to give my vote to the straight layout. They're both great quilts.

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