A Funny Thing Happened . . .

. . . on my way to the design wall. Actually, it happened at the design wall. After making a few more leaf blocks using both of my focus fabrics, I arranged two of each on the wall and stepped back to take a look:

I was so sure these two fabrics would look wonderful together in a quilt but now I’m not so sure. . .

I tried adding a couple more blocks:

Still not loving it. The way I have these blocks arranged is not necessarily the final setting; the goal was to see how the colors and patterns played together from a distance of 10 feet (the so-called 10-foot rule).

I tried grouping four blocks using just one of the focus fabrics:

This grouping is much more pleasing to my eye. Try to visualize it with sashing strips and another small star where the four stems come together. That’s one of the potential layouts and the one I’m leaning toward at this point.

I hasten to add that I still love the blocks with the darker print focus fabric. Am I going to wind up with two separate quilts? Maybe! For now, though, I’m going to continue making the other blocks until I wind up with 12, which is what is needed for a bed runner.

And who knows? Maybe the idea of alternating the two focus fabrics in a quilt will grow on me. I’d love to know what you think!




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9 Responses to A Funny Thing Happened . . .

  1. Christine J Lentz says:

    I love them all! I’d like to see the two different colored leaves with stems in the center, like you did for the red ones. Just out of curiosity! Perfect of course.

  2. carol says:

    I love the second picture with the different prints in a random setting. Leaves are all different colors and never fall in any set pattern.

  3. Mary Phillips says:

    I too struggle with the same issue. It is tough and hard to proceed with a completed quilt. I often finish with the original plan, especially when a deadline looms in the near future.

  4. Suzette Shoulders says:

    Well, of course it’s YOUR quilt, Dawn, but I do love that second photo, it seems more like autumn. Hope you are safely ensconced at home, you got more snow in Portland than we had in Bend! Happy Sewing, Suzette

  5. Rebecca says:

    Reading your opening lines I thought you were going to talk about the unusual snow in your area. ❄️ Be safe. Thank goodness we missed it all in Virginia 71 yesterday.

  6. Dawn says:

    Actually, I love the first grouping even more than the 2nd, but of course 2 quilts would solve this dilemma………..:))

  7. Colleen C. says:

    Actually, I prefer the contrast in the first photo. Assuming there are more fabrics to come in the mix, I think they will even out as you bring together the 12 blocks. And if there are not further additions to come, I still prefer the contrast. On my laptop screen the ones that are all the same look kind of flat. But we all know how different appearances on varying devices are. In person is always best!

  8. Sandy Pruss says:

    what about doing 4 squares with one set of prints and another group of 4 squares of the other print and alternating them?

  9. Sandy says:

    I love the combination of the two focus fabrics. It seems more interesting than the blocks all of the same fabric.

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