Monday, April 14, 2014

It's a Quilter's Prerogative

A funny thing happened when I made this month's Triangles-in-a-Square blocks for my Mod-Mod Quilt-Along queen-size quilt.

The original Color Palette IdeaI chose fabrics from my original, inspirational stack of fabrics–won in a blog giveaway at the end of last year.

After deciding that I wanted to use the stripe as the large triangle in the block, I knew I couldn't use my favorite, 4-at-once, no waste, flying geese technique because I wanted to end up with the stripes going the same direction in all the blocks.

Flying Geese from StripesI ended up creating a template, starting with the paper foundation piecing pattern included in the block directions as Method #3.

Using a Template

If you're curious, I blogged about making the template and cutting the fabrics on the Block Lotto blog, here:

And Then There Was Method #4

It worked well for me and I quickly made the 9 blocks I needed.

Original T-i-a-S blocksSince these were my original, inspiration fabrics for the color way for my quilt, I was confident that they would work in my quilt and didn't pull out the blocks already made for this project until AFTER I'd made them.

You can guess what happened, right?  Once I put some of them on the design wall,  arranged as they will be in the quilt, I didn't like them so much.

Original Triangles-in-a-Square

As is my usual, I suspended disbelief and left them on the wall overnight to see how I'd feel in the morning ... when I decided I wanted something with clearer, lighter colors.  Here's how my design wall looks now, with the replacement blocks. Your mileage my differ, but even on an overcast, badly lit day in the studio, I like these better.

Revised Triangles-in-a-Square blocks

I am reminded, once again, of the value (to me) of my design wall.   I'm also struck by how much my idea of the colors I want in this quilt have changed in just a few months.  And how it's a quilter's prerogative to change her mind as work on a project progresses.

I'm joining the list for Design Wall Monday.

This is one of two quilts I'm making as part of the Mod-Mod Quilt-Along.  In the other, a 60-inch square throw sized quilt, I am throwing caution to the wind and making the blocks each month in the designated color for the Rainbow Scraps Challenge.  I am such a control freak when it comes to my quilts that I just have to suspend disbelief and quilt on ... here's how those blocks look so far. 

RSC Purple blocks

If you like what you see and want to jump in, you can the individual block directions on my Free Block Patterns page and the Mod-Mod-QAL updates on the Block Lotto here: 

Introduction and January update: It’s a Mod-Mod Quilt-Along


QuiltSwissy said...

I like the second set. But I also like the brooding color of the first set. I would likely use them both!

I tend to be a brooding color kind of gal.

QuiltSwissy said...

I like the second set. But I also like the brooding color of the first set. I would likely use them both!

I tend to be a brooding color kind of gal.

Sue H said...

Ditto on the second set, but you were definitely right to lighten in my taste, anyway. Nice job!

desertskyquilts said...

In a different quilt, I would like the first ones just fine. Maybe if you had other lighter, aqua or teal, blocks in there now, it would still have been okay, but for what's up on the wall now, I like the second set better, too. I think it would depend on the overall look I wanted in the end.

Celine said...

It's looking very good Sophie. I will need to catch up with my blocks eventually!

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