Still pondering the blue and yellow string quilt
Posted 16 June 2010on:
I’ve been letting the string quilt just “be”, to see if it will speak to me on a setting. I even considered making more blocks just to make the quilt bigger, but the blocks are a little tedious and to be honest, I’m tired of making them, and I want to finish this quilt. And I missed the deadline for work on a scrappy quilt, but I still want to get it done!
I read all the comments and suggestions and pondered some more. I’ve been playing a bit more in EQ6 (boy, I wish I would just take the time and learn the program more), and although I had considered doing the centre piece without sashing, and then going from there, I couldn’t figure out how to do it in EQ6, without creating new blocks and such.
I laid out all the blocks on my bed, and took a photo. (Feel like your in a tunnel??).
I took the blue yardage and some yellow scraps and laid out the blocks over top, to get a better feel for the sashing. Then I was thinking… scrappy or use one blue fabric throughout to anchor it. I decided on the one blue and yellow.
Then I loaded up EQ6 to figure out if I indeed had enough fabric on hand to do the sashing and 9-patch cornerstones. I cut the 1¼” strips. I recall reading or being told about using only 1/2 the width of fabric, to ensure a straighter seam when strip-piecing. So I did that. Which got me to thinking… I”m going to need a lot of blue/yellow/blue strips for the sashing, and very little of the yellow/blue/yellow for the 9-patch. That’s okay… I”m thinking. I’m only going to be able to get 2 “strips” from each 1/2 WOF pieced strips, the extra couple of inches could be used for the 9-patch! GREAT IDEA! Then I thought… what if I change the dark/light formation of the 9-patch. Make it 5 yellow and 4 blue. What a difference to the quilt in EQ6.
The first 9-patch rendition from the post What’s Blue and Yellow I think borders each individual block, which allows more focus on the block itself. The second 9-patch rendition, here, takes the focus away from the string block but still adds interest to the entire quilt. On the other hand, looking at it in a photo, it is almost to busy! So… I think I’ll make up some of both 9-patches, and lay it out with a few of the blocks with the sashings, and snap another photo and see how that goes. I noticed something else. The quilt with out sashings in the other post is the same size image, which makes the blocks larger, then the quilts with the sashing. I used Photo Editor, used the zooming feature on each photo, to get the blocks to be about the same size. What a difference. Now if I could only figure out photo editing software to show that too.
After typing all this up, I created both the 9-patches, pinned 4 blocks onto my design wall, pinned the sashings and cornerstones, and here are the results!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: I have no idea how a scrappy quilt ended up with so much more design time. I’ve spent more time on the sashings and cornerstones. Hmm… isn’t that what designing is all about though? Funny thing is, when I took the class, I was only going to do a few blocks and make pillows out of them. I didn’t need another quilt to work on. So I am eager to get this one done, and get some of the others done too! I think we may have discussed this before, but have you had a quilt (or two, or more), take on a life of its own, and become something totally different than you first thought it would?