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Oops…I did it again…

Why oh why do I make my layouts so complicated? After the marathon of my 4th Of July quilt, I swore I would never do it again.



Well, now I am deep into it with my #100days100blocks2021 quilt. My first layout was nice and straightforward. I was going to sash it in purple with the blocks and sashing in the lower right corner in lime green. That is until I realized my blocks were finishing at 13” x 8”. That meant when they stacked, the stagger was not the lovely 45 degree I had envisioned




So it was back to the drawing board. Literally, when I made my sashing video for my #100days100block2018, I made a graphic that showed you that not all sashing had to be the same colour. I remember thinking, I’d like to try that…perhaps this was the quilt to try it on.


But again it’s not as straightforward as I initially thought. My blocks are made of a 4” x 8” block, a one-inch strip and then an 8” x 8” block. Some are sewn left to right and some are right to left. And many of my blocks are directional.


So laying them out has been a multi-week challenge as I sort, then re-sort ad nauseum, trying to find the “perfect” layout. I am thankful for my new design wall which has given me the space I need to see them all at once and keep them in place as my brain percolates the various arrangements. I also find that taking pictures is very helpful. There is something about seeing the design in two dimensions instead of three that gives me clarity.


So I have now committed to my design and my rows are now all sewn together. Now I am adding the rows between sashing it’s making me second guess some of my choices.




Unfortunately, I did more than my fair share of ripping and rearranging as I saw the impact of the sashing strips on the design.


People often ask me how I come up with my video ideas. For the sake of my sanity, I am always trying to pull from the quilt at hand. As I was squaring up my blocks and some of them were small, I thought that you might want to know more about how I dealt with them. And as I am assembling the blocks and I am pulling my favourite tools out to help me, I realized that they don't put these tips and tips in a book. So I pulled my 10 favourites out and made a video about it. And I think I might have a couple more before the binding gets on.





For now, this quilt top has finally been ticked off the to-do list and it’s on to this year’s #100days100block2022 quilt.


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Dawn Kelly
Dawn Kelly
Aug 19, 2022

Thank you so much for sharing your struggles with us. It makes it easier to dive into my own struggles with projects. That layout is stunning!!! It came out beautifully. Well done.

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Cathy
Cathy
Aug 19, 2022

I can appreciate your frustration/determination with this-but you just know when it's right and this was worth the effort! Looks amazing! Looking forward to seeing what you'll create for the 100days100blocks 2022 !

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It was definitely worth the effort! Very striking!

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Thank you

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You have to work with it till it's right! Love it!

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or more right LOL

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Shari Gilliam
Shari Gilliam
Aug 18, 2022

I absolutely love your final layout. It's perfect.

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Thank you

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