Friday, July 20, 2012

When a quilt is born...

Posted by Strlady at 5:00 AM
I love the moment when you take all the pieces you have put together and lay them out on your design wall, floor or whatever surface you use to "stage" your quilt.

It's like a piece of impressionist art. Up close it looks like a mess but when you step back, the magic happens and it's everything you expected... Most of the times. LOL!

Anyway, last weekend I did NOT finish my Petit Four quilt but I made a good dent.

I got all my sashing done...

Put the final handles on the baskets..

and started playing with the layout.

After a few tries, I found something I was happy with...

and started putting the rows together.

I was curious about how do you all keep track of your rows?
I take a picture of my layout as I play with the blocks since I find that the picture allows me to "see" any holes in my colors or any dark groupings.
When I'm happy, I pin a number on the row. I also use colored pins to group the blocks in a row. I always group Red, White, Blue, Yellow, Black and Green. Since I always use the same colors I know that the red comes before the white, the yellow before the black, etc.
If I lose track, or question my setting, I'll pull up my picture and refer to it.

This weekend my sister was watching me refer to my picture and she asked me, what I used to do before the digital age... I said, I would live with the mismatched blocks!! LOL!

6 comments on "When a quilt is born..."

Darlene on July 20, 2012 at 8:39 AM said...

Love your layout. Beautiful quilt.

Once I get my blocks in a 'pleasing to me' layout then I work row by row. I love your colored pin idea.

Sinta Renee on July 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM said...

Smart idea! Your Petit Four quilt is very sweet!

Laura G on July 20, 2012 at 3:22 PM said...

I Love the Petit four quilt and I am delighted to see someone actually make it. I do as you do to keep track of blocks scraps of paper and pins. Please show us when it is done.

Nicole on July 20, 2012 at 3:24 PM said...

I love your layout. And I must make that quilt!

Mom on July 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM said...

I label blocks with water soluable markers row A, B, C... and column 1, 2, 3.... Just spritz it and it goes away.

Susan on July 27, 2012 at 11:27 PM said...

I also love your layout. Quilting has to take the "back seat" to my paper crafting; I've got another book to get out, but after that, I want to make this quilt. XOXO


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