Sunday, September 18, 2011

Weekend - Summer Sampler Blocks

I've been at my mom and dad's since Thursday after work and it's been a lovely weekend. Dad's been woodworking out in the shop while my mom and I cook, clean and quilt. The weather's been a bit dreary but that's allowed for us to feel good about all our time spent indoors.

Star 
Finished up the last two blocks I needed for my Summer Sampler Series quilt. I only made five of the twelve blocks from the QAL. Add in my oops version of this one and that's six blocks, which I doubled up on to make twelve.  

"oops" Star of Virginia 
At one point I thought I'd do a much bigger quilt including the other skipped blocks, but I'm calling it quits now because I've run out of my original prints and simply want to finish some things before I make any more trips to the fabric store.

Now I'm left trying to decide on a layout...
layout option 1
layout option 2
The blocks are all slightly varied in size due to my not so consistent seam allowances and general quilting naivety, so I'm bordering each block with a slate print and squaring them up all even and whatnot. After that I'll either sash them in white or put them on point. 

Which would you do? I would love suggestions :D

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16 comments:

  1. Hard one - but I do like the full on drama of no 1 just a little bit more. If the alternate square in no 2 were grey not white I might like it better! Just a suggestion...

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  2. Great looking blocks and that was a good idea to border them in slate to even them up. Either design looks good, it just depends on how much quilting you want to do.

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  3. First of all, it's amazing how hard it is to tell that you only made 6 different blocks! Very cool! And for the layout I think I like the 2nd one better but I guess you would really have to focus on the quilting then. Do you know what i mean?

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  4. Great job! Go on point....even though it is tricky for me that is. I'm signed up to follow you!

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  5. I like the on point option just a bit better. I love all of the different blocks!

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  6. I vote layout 1. I think it showcases the blocks more. The mix of the prints are great! Maybe layout 2 with a great little something quilted in the solids block?

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  7. I like option 1, and I love the star block! What a great idea to lay out your blocks on the computer!

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  8. LOVE your summer sampler! Personally, I prefer option 1. IMHO, I just think #2 dilutes the overall effect of all the beautiful color. Either way it will be just lovely though! (I still look at mine and just smile....)

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  9. They're beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a marvelous day! :)

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  10. Those are great blocks. I just like a nice straight layout to really let the blocks shine.

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  11. Great blocks! I like simple--so my vote is for option 1. :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

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  12. Your blocks look so lovely Krista - I would love to do this sampler quilt one day too!

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  13. I laughed when I read your caption about your Star of Virginia block. I've ripped out more than one of those backward strips and resewed them, but I like how yours turned out. I am always a sucker for mashing up blocks next to each and watch them play side by side. But I have to admit, the pristine isolation of the diamond set also does them well--and your quilt will be bigger.

    But if I have to chose just one: straight set. Love those blocks!

    Elizabeth E.
    occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

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  14. Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/09/turquoise-lovin-5.html

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  15. Hi, if I were you id use the Quilt Dreams iPhone App to plan out your quilt. You basically just take a picture of each square and you can easily move them around on a grid until you figure out how you want it.

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  16. I REALLY like layout #2. It's so unique, I don't think I"ve seen anyone else do it that way.

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