Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Evolution of a Quilt Top

The last two days have been a self-imposed restriction to my computer time as I have devoted my attention to the Strips that Sizzle quilt.  Here's Monday's progress, from left to right, top to bottom.
Last week, after going through the book's numerous layout options (see the post here), I decided to ignore the Light/Dark orientation that is the basis of so many of the designs, and start playing 'what if'.

I was liking the patterns emerging, seen in the top row, but the values and colors were still jumbled for me.  Picture 4, first in the bottom row, was the idea of having a dark center area that gradually went light.  Nah, still not quite right.

Picture 5, center bottom, was to have the green start dark in the center and fade to light, with the red doing the opposite.  Unfortunately, no sparkle.

In the last picture, bottom right, I decide to leave the green as mostly dark, and the red mostly light.  Both colors have light and dark, respectively, sprinkled in to add the sparkle.

Yesterday was spent tweaking the design, which brings me to what I think I'll go with
There's still a couple spots I'm not quite happy with, which show up more in pictures than they do in real life.  I definitely recommend taking pictures while designing, as areas needing more work become apparent when seen small on a computer screen.

Now, today's dilemma-to border or not to border?

Happy Quilting!


  1. How nice to see so many layouts! Margaret's book is a classic.

  2. I think no border on this one. It is so graphic as is that I think borders would take away from the design. Just my 2 cents worth!

  3. I have the book and have yet to make a quilt from it.... I also like to take the pictures and look at them in black & white or sepia tone for a little different perspective. And... I agree with Sue - I'd vote for no border.


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