Wednesday, January 23, 2008

More consideration

OK, this planned design (below) is not doing anything exciting.

But THIS one (below) has possibilities.

The whole point of "Strips that Sizzle" is to open up the world of possibilities with these blocks that are mostly 'lights' or mostly 'darks', which is determined by the outermmost 2 strips. Sometimes a 'light' is used as a 'dark' and visa versa. In this Log Cabin arrangement, I threw all rules out (impatience, and copping out, to be honest), and made it a LOG CABIN, with no thought to the lightness or darkness of the blocks. I just used blue diagonals and pink diagonals. It still needs arrangement to even out the values, but, it's a possibility. Naturally, more blocks are needed.

The sewing of strata strips is a snap; arranging them light to dark is a no-brainer, cutting is simple, but arranging is one big mentally confusing pain in the patootie! My pea brain must look like radioactivity, with the protons (?) whizzing about, and then exploding and going in more directions, then THOSE pieces going in MORE directions - if I can ever settle on one arrangement, I could call this project, "Radioactive."

I hate to stop with this simple arrangement, but this keeper design is so traditional. I really will try more arrangements, but the process could go on endlessly.

Tanya in Japan, had a quilt that she called the "When-oh-When" quilt. I understand.

17 comments:

Nellie's Needles said...

This SHOULD be fun. What would happen if you arranged them "haphazardly" ... then fine tuned it? Play!

dot said...

I like what I see. It is so easy to go back to our comfort zones. I look forward to see what happens.

atet said...

Actually -- I like the non-traditional blocks in the traditional setting. And, well, I probably woldn't mess about too much with the values. I kind of like them all over like that. I know there are more ways to play wiht this -- but, if it works for you -- go for it!

Exuberant Color said...

The more layouts you try and take pictures of with this group of blocks, the less playing you will have to do on the NEXT Strips that Sizzle quilt because you will have the photos for reference. You can't make just ONE of these!!! You saw how many I made.

canquilt said...

I love the second one. These are so much fun to play with. The possibilities are endless.

Joyce said...

Playing with them is the fun part! One of the bloggers showed me how to make log cabins into a star, starting with the second layout you have shown. You reverse the corner blocks , I think. I always have to refer back to the one I made last year to remember how to do it.

Darcie said...

This is going to be quite addictive...sort of like string quilts, don't you think? "You can't make one!" You may have to treat yourself and your knees to a design wall. ;-) Then the re-arranging would be lots more fun for you!

julieQ said...

Isn't it so fun to play with your blocks? Each setting is lovely with its great points. Love those colors! So clear and bright.
Julie

Anonymous said...

I love your work and see such beautiful things coming from your posts. But I'm not getting these blocks. I'm not seeing the uniquness that others are seeing. Canadian Gail

Colleen Eskridge said...

Both are great.i love the diamonds. Colleen in South Africa...thanks for the visit to the blog.

meggie said...

Play some more. I think Wanda is right about taking photos too, for reference. Looking good.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

One thing I love about Log Cabin blocks is all the different layouts - your quilt is looking great - if you like it - stay with this layout!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Deb H said...

It's a classic. I love the 2nd arrangement the best, but would be happy to keep eith one if someone wanted to give them to me!)

QuiltMom said...

Hi Elaine,
I really like the second version and the colors are really lovely. One of the most interesting parts of quilting is the different ways the pieces go together and how much difference it makes when you lay them out in various ways. Have fun playing with your beautiful blocks.
Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
Anna

Berglind said...

It's amazing how much it changes when you turn it into log-cabin-like quilt. I look forward to see the finishing result, good luck and have fun

Libby said...

No reason not to stop as long as you enjoy what you have . . . I think it looks great!

Jeanne said...

What fun to play with the blocks and make so many neat designs! How will you ever decide on just one? VBG