Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Saturday Sampler - Let's lay it all out!

So FINALLY after over a year I've finshed my Blocks from the Saturday Sampler over at Sauder Village! The pattern was Star Light, Star Bright by Bits N Pieces.

I love the blocks, but not the layout... it was too busy. Plus I don't like to applique. YUCK! NOOOOOO THANKYOU.

So I took photos of all of my blocks and started to lay them out using photoshop.

First layout - Side by side alternating 12" and 9" blocks (with borders). I like this, but it's a bit busy and my eye just doesn't really rest anywhere. There has to be something a little better.

Second layout - I spaced the blocks out as if they had sashing between them. AHHHHH... much better. It's not nearly so busy, but it still seems a little plain to me. Sort of like Been there, Done That.

Layout Three - On Point. Oh. My. Goodness. Look at the different feel this gives the quilt! The blocks have room to breath, your eye has a nice flow. I think this is my pick!  I like how the 12 sashed blocks are on the outside, to give a little visual interest too. However, this layout calls for 25 blocks so I'll need to make another. Too bad it's not as easy to make them in real life as it is in Photoshop.

Select. Copy. Paste. Done! I wish.

So, now that I have my layout I needed a way to finish the quilt out. I decided to go queen size, since this is large enough to do that with (not to mention, my bed is a queen!). And using Photoshop once again, this is what I came up with. Granted, the layout of the blocks isn't final, but it does give you an idea of what the finished product might look like. Notice the borders seem to go under the blocks to give it some depth and visual interest. Yup... I think this is it!