Double Z by Clairealex

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Top Assembled
Started:
2014-04-01T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:

Description

This started as a block for Erin's Classic Meets Modern QAL (link in tutorial spot for the whole series so far--each month is linked to the right in her post); because the fabric was floral, it became a block lotto block. Then I won 15 of the blocks. This one did not play well with the others, so I am working on a design for a top.  I have enough lilac print for four more blocks (with two lavender fabrics for the light). I'll get them made and arranged and then decide what to do next.

August 9, 2014
Posting photos of arrangements I have tried so far.  (I will try the on point idea and post photo later)

August 22, 2014
I've been getting suggestions and applying them on my blog and have added two photos of different layouts here. I forgot to photograph the on-point possibility--another day. It is nice not to be in a rush. I haven't made small blocks yet because there are a couple things I can do with the limited fabric I have left.  So I can't try out the layouts that involve different sizes. Have to do that in my head.

August 27, 2014 Decision made and top finished.  The three designs I liked most kept the half split. The other two were more novel settings, but this one was the easiest and also it allowed the contrast of the traditional and modernized block. The final setting derived from a composite of suggestions.


Pictures

44 x 44 lap quilt
Starting Block
Aug 9, possibility 1
Aug 9, possibility 2
Aug 9, possibility 3
Aug 9, possibility 4
Aug 22, possibllty 5
Aug 22, possibility 6

Loves

Charwirfs
Seeneed

Comments

HawkFan

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with

Seeneed

Ohhhhh, I love this block.

Charwirfs

I like this block very much. Hope you use it in a special place.

Clairealex

HawkFan , Seeneed , Charwirfs
Thanks folks! New design challenge. The original block is 12 x 12; I was on automatic and made the next four 16 x 16. I could have trimmed at the HST stage, but didn't want to waste that much fabric. So can I make it look like the size difference was planned all along?

HawkFan

Clairealex Sure, depending on your layout. If you put the small one in the center and maybe add an interesting border and then have the other 4 at the points of your center smaller block that would work. Or, you could put the small one on point and then surround it with the bigger ones. That's what I love about "modern" quilting - one or a few elements are often different, making it easy to make mistakes look like "design elements" LOL

Seeneed

I agree with Hawkfan, you can put a modern spin on it and make it asymmetrical bunch the big blocks in one corner and then a bunch of negative space with the small block thrown in the middle somewhere. You have all kinds of options now a days.

True

I personally like #1

Strandkorbtraum

I like possibility #1 and #4 because the both have a slightly "open" layout that you coudl fill in with other fabrics and still get a descent sized top... the others are too hmmm scrunched up in one area and leave large spaces to be filled in with other things ... if you like stitching you could of course fill larger or small areas with maybe some left over of the lavendar fabric (if you are only low on floral and dots) and stitch whatever flowre it is on the black fabric ...

HawkFan

I like #1 best.

Quilt455

I was thinking you could put the smaller ones in the middle then using either a solid dark purple or black solid, frame them with negative space and put the four larger ones in each corner.

Clairealex

Quilt455 , HawkFan , Strandkorbtraum , True , Seeneed
Thanks folks! I have a week before I can get back to it--love hearing new ideas.

Charwirfs

Well....4 speaks to me. I would fill in with another small block and another large block above that so you have a medallion arrangement that works like a diamond. Surrounding fabric could be negative space or large water-color squares filling in in light hues of lavender and grays with darker hues arranged around edges. That would give the center some dimension, like the center medallion is floating on water that has pebbles barely underwater.

Clairealex

Charwirfs I love your ideas! Too bad I don't have enough fabric to make the needed large and small blocks. I especially like your background idea--it may show up in another quilt some day.

Charwirfs

Thanks Clairealex . I love to brainstorm. Glad you found it useful. I look forward to seeing how you finish this.

Quilt455

I really like what you did with your blocks and the solid fabric!

Clairealex

Quilt455 Thanks! I just got out my backing fabric, and it isn't wide enough. Oh well, what is a couple more seams.

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