Monday, October 11, 2010

Scrappy Quilt Blocks

Do you ever make piles and piles of scrappy quilt blocks and then forget where you were going with the project?  Usually I write my thoughts, notes, design ideas down on a piece of paper... color in my design idea even - and include it in the box with the project.  Not this time!  Just a few vague notes about having to make X more segments, blocks, etc.  Hummm.  So, I laid them out like this - doesn't look right.   Well, you have to start somewhere in the figuring out process!

Maybe I was thinking they should go something like this?  If I were making this layout for a bed though I would have the dark lines running up and down.  But I know that wasn't what I was thinking either.  Still, it is very cool and maybe I will use this idea at a later date - just wondering if I set them zig zaggy if the lines will create an interesting pattern - must try that thought out before I sew these ones together!

The layout above looks great - actually I will make a quilt just like this layout, but instead of cutting that background fabric into squares, it would be much faster/cleaner looking to cut sashing rectangles with 4 patch cornerstones.  Click to enlarge the photo and you will see what I am talking about.  So, knowing me - this was not my original plan for these blocks either.  But I do like it!

Maybe I was thinking something along these lines?  Thin sashing in between each block with a scrappy square corner stone?  Or maybe my plan was to set it with an alternate block?  I can't remember!  But I have plenty of that pink background left, so I know my original plan called for using more of it!  I think I will do the sashing/corner stone idea.  This week I made 2 more of these blocks and have been playing with the layout.  Not a whole lot of progress, but at least I am thinking about it!  

15 comments:

Kate said...

Great colors in your blocks. I like your last two ideas. Not sure I could pick between them.

Judy D said...

I like the first layout a lot. Different but fun. I like the other options too. I don't think you can go wrong with whatever you choose. :)

Tamera said...

Isn't it amazing that it will go together in so many ways?

I LOVE the first layout. I love that it's asymmetrical.

Vicki said...

All of the layouts are really pretty but that first one is really cool!! I have found blocks that I remember making but what was I doing...I just find another way to finish!! I love design surprises!

Chris said...

With so many possibilities, it is hard to choose. I love the blocks though.

scraphappy said...

I do that all the time. I'm always amazed that I don't remember what I was planning. Sometimes I don't even remember making the blocks. I guess there are worse things though.

Teaquilts said...

Wow! You have a delightful dilemma here. I would love playing with those blocks. Either of the settings you/ve shows and discussed woul work. Great blocks to play with.

AnnieO said...

Whatever the original intent, you have lots of options and it's fun to see your layout play! I'm with you, I gotta get my ideas in with the projects or I forget where I was. Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

Isn't it fun how many ways you can use a block? I like the second from last a lot also but I think the sashed version will look great too.

This is one reason I really like working with EQ --- I can quickly try different options to see what I like best and don't always end up with what I started with.

Gari said...

What a fun find. And I love the layout you say you will probably use.

Elaine Adair said...

Yeppers -- been there done that! But these photos are all looking pretty good - I like the last two photos the best.

(wish they were mine ...)

Lori in South Dakota said...

I like the first layout too. Today I was looking for something else and found a set of blocks on my table. sigh I think they're beginning to take over my house. Well, at least my sewing table.

Quilter Kathy said...

I like all the layouts, but the first one was my favorite :)

ANudge said...

Love all the layouts but like the first photo best. Seems to fit scrappy blocks best. Would make any of them myself.

Susan said...

They all look great. I have no clue where you were going originally, but I really like that first one a lot. I agree with the one where you will cut the rectangles instead. They are all good. But the first one is so interesting! Like a maze.