This week I am auditioning layouts for the Intricate Stitches quilt. I know that I drew this all out before I even started, but now that the blocks are done I want to try something new and different with them. Story of my quilty life--get halfway through the pattern and decide that I'd rather do it differently. (As a side note, it's the story of my professional life, too. I'll get halfway through writing something and have an even better idea so that I have to start over.) Anyway, here's the basic layout that I drew out a year ago:
Basic is the word for it, isn't it? It's my intention to add some pieced borders like a traditional medallion quilt, but also to have plenty of space for the blocks themselves to shine. What would we call that? Modern traditional? Modernitional? Heritage modern?
Here's the same blocks but in an on-point setting, what I'm calling the diamond layout:
This would give a lot of more modern "wiggle room," but I don't really like it. Too much empty space and not a great way to include any pieced borders.
I thought I would like this one, which I call the crowded layout:
The string blocks and cut fabric pieces are stand-ins for some new, smaller blocks that I would have to make. I really thought I would like this, but there is just too much going on. Lots of white space and plenty of room for pieced borders, but just visually awful.
One more layout to audition:
I call this the modern layout. I'm really surprised how much I like this one and how harmonious it seems. Lots of space for the eyes to rest. I considered this for a long time and had it up on the wall for several days. Ultimately, though, it doesn't fit with the vintage blocks or have the feel that I'm going for. I do think this would be awesome with all one block in the two different sizes.
So, I guess we're back to basics! Now to consider some other piecing that will bring these all together. I know that I will have to incorporate a lot of white space because this is already a riot of color, but I think the empty space will seriously enhance the blocks.
So which layout is *your* favorite? Any good suggestions for pieced borders to consider? I have a couple in mind, but I'm always open to new ideas.
Hope you're all having a good week! Can you believe we're halfway through November? Yikes!
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