Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Playing with a layout

  I got in a little design time and made a couple of circles.  I so loved this scrap from Wanda at Exuberant Color.  Mr. Cardinal was a bit large--5'' head to tail---so I had to rethink how to use him.  Inspiration struck last week from somewhere.....I actually woke up one morning and knew how to use him.   I had to carefully add slim bits to the top and one side to get a full circle, but  it can hardly be seen.
  So a 5'' circle needed a larger background square.  I debated on piecing the background and then I found this snowman print mixed in with the uglies.  The grey was a perfect match....worked for me.


  In January I showed this collaged block that I played around with.   The pieces are fussy cut and fused and then stitched down.  It was not intended as a circle for the 365 project, but it has found a way in after all.









   Last month I showed this crazy layout.   It would involve a lot of  fill in piecing.  It's still a possibility for the light background squares.....or leftovers in the end.   Or this might be a good one for just floral fabrics.

  But on to the latest idea.......








  Here is the first try as I mix in very large circles with the 4 1/2'' size.   I began by clumping similar background squares , thinking they would balance the large squares.       Viewing it on the computer now, I see a possible better arrangement.   Shifting things around I can frame the large squares and make them appear to be overlapping the smaller ones....maybe?

  Also I discovered a couple of duplicates....oops!  Good reason to plan a couple of smaller quilts :)




  I have the quilts pulled for the trunk show for next week and  now I need to pull together the samples for the workshop and gather all the extra stuff.   Next week's calendar is packed with appointments and things after that, so I may take a break  from posting.
  I need to get some things done....just done!  As today is one of power a la Star Wars.......May the forth be with you.    Sorry, could not resist this pun:)
Happy stitching.

12 comments:

  1. I love the look combining the two sizes.

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  2. Wonderful layouts! I love Mr Cardinal!

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  3. Love, love, love both the cardinal and collage blocks!

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  4. Both layouts look wonderful. The cardinal and collage are special circles. Take time to breath with your heavy schedule.

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  5. I really like your new layout ideas,that collage block is wonderful, as is Mr. Cardinal! Have fun doing your trunk show!

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  6. I think you are having way too much fun with the circles. Some really clever ideas you have going. I'm curious to see how you are going to switch things up.

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  7. Both layouts are beautiful, so many ideas .

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  8. That snowman fabric was in the uglies? Maybe I should have taken you up on your threat, LOL. The different sizes of the circles adds so much to the layout, it adds a lot of eye draw (is that a thing?). Good luck with the trunk show and take lots of pictures please.

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  9. That is a clever way to use the cardinal. I love the collaged block

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  10. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas on design possibilities.

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  11. Love love love the appliqued circle what a great idea. Your quilt is going to be such a beauty!

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  12. I like that your circles are different sizes. A much more interesting quilt that way. At the end of the year, to see it finished, I can't wait (Yoda speak),

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