Sunday, May 30, 2021

The Positivity QAL - Layouts and Fabric Requirements

Paul: Vanilla or Chocolate?
Me: Must I choose?
Paul: Yes.
Me: Well, in that case Vanilla with Chocolate sauce.
Paul: BRAT!!!

When we describe anything as vanilla, it means plain, dull or lacking in imagination. However vanilla is a perfect plain canvas to build upon. Add warm chocolate sauce with a sprinkle of nuts and you have an ice-cream that is elevated beyond other fancy flavors. Have you considered adding chopped mango to vanilla ice-cream? You are welcome :-)

Such is this Plus block. Yes, it is plain. But that is exactly why there are so many layout possibilities. 

Here is a glimpse.


SIMPLE PLUS LAYOUT OPTIONS

Simple - L1

Fabric Requirements for Simple - L1

Background - 3.75 yards. (Buy 4 yards)
  • Cut 22 strips 4.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 4.5" squares. We need 192 squares. 
  • Cut 12 strips 2.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need 192 squares.

Plus - 16 strips 2.5" by Width of Fabric (WOF)
  • From each strip cut three sections 6.5" in length and six sections 2.5" in length.
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Layouts shown below from Simple - L2 through Simple - L8 each use 24 light blocks and 24 dark blocks. 
That is why the fabric requirements for each layout are the same. 

Simple - L2  (Bordered)


Simple - L3 (Large 4-patch)


Simple - L4 (Cross)


Simple - L5 (Offset)


Simple - L6 (Two by Six)


Simple - L7 (Nine Patch)

Simple - L8 (Checkerboard)


Fabric Requirements for Layouts Simple L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, L7 and L8.


Light Background -  2 yards
  • Cut 11 strips 4.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 4.5" squares. We need 96 squares. 
  • Cut 6 strips 2.5" by WOF. Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need 96 squares.
Dark Background -  2 yards
  • Cut 11 strips 4.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 4.5" squares. We need 96 squares. 
  • Cut 6 strips 2.5" by WOF. Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need 96 squares.
Plus (Use Medium Values that have a good contrast with both light background and dark background) - 16 strips 2.5" by WOF
  • From each strip cut three sections 6.5" in length and six sections 2.5" in length.

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SNOWBALL PLUS LAYOUT OPTIONS

Snowball - L9

I do not enjoy snowballing corners. But the secondary pattern it creates is well worth the effort.  I am crushing on L9 :-)
  
Fabric Requirements for Snowball - L9

Background - 3.75 yards. (Buy 4 yards)
  • Cut 22 strips 4.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 4.5" squares. We need 192 squares. 
  • Cut 12 strips 2.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need 192 squares.

Plus - 16 strips 2.5" by Width of Fabric (WOF)
  • From each strip cut three sections 6.5" in length and six sections 2.5" in length.
Snowball Corners - Cut 12 strips 2.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need 192 squares.  
Yes, you can absolutely use scraps :-) 



Layouts Snowball L-10 and Snowball - L11 each use 24 light blocks and 24 dark blocks. 
That is why the fabric requirements for each layout are the same. 

Snowball - L10


Snowball - L11

Fabric Requirements for Layouts Snowball - L10 and L11.

Light Background -  2 yards
  • Cut 11 strips 4.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 4.5" squares. We need 96 squares. 
  • Cut 6 strips 2.5" by WOF. Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need 96 squares.
Dark Background -  2 yards
  • Cut 11 strips 4.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 4.5" squares. We need 96 squares. 
  • Cut 6 strips 2.5" by WOF. Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need 96 squares.
Plus (Use Medium Values that have a good contrast with both light background and dark background) - 16 strips 2.5" by WOF
  • From each strip cut three sections 6.5" in length and six sections 2.5" in length.
Snowball Corners - Cut 12 strips 2.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need 192 squares.  
Yes, scraps are perfect for snowballing. 



This next layout (L12) is my absolute favorite. So far.  The snowballing is limited to those junctions, where four blocks meet.  And this creates a more solid border. 


Snowball - L12

Fabric Requirements for Layout Snowball - L12.

Light Background -  2 yards
  • Cut 11 strips 4.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 4.5" squares. We need 96 squares. 
  • Cut 6 strips 2.5" by WOF. Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need 96 squares.
Dark Background -  2 yards
  • Cut 11 strips 4.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 4.5" squares. We need 96 squares. 
  • Cut 6 strips 2.5" by WOF. Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need 96 squares.
Plus (Use Medium Values that have a good contrast with both light background and dark background) - 16 strips 2.5" by WOF
  • From each strip cut three sections 6.5" in length and six sections 2.5" in length.
Snowball Corners - 
  • Medium to Dark Values - Cut 6 strips 2.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need to snowball all four corners of the 24 light blocks and this will require 96 squares. 
  • Light to Medium Values - Cut 3 strips 2.5" by WOF. Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need 44 squares to snowball the dark blocks.  20 dark blocks will need snowballs on two adjacent corners. Four dark blocks (for the four corners of the quilt) will need snowballs on just one corner. See picture above.

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CORNERED PLUS LAYOUT OPTIONS

Cornered - L13



Cornered - L14

Fabric Requirements for Layouts Cornered - L13 and L14.

Light Background -  1 and 2/3 yard (Buy 1.75 yards)
  • Cut 24 strips 2.5" by WOF.  Subcut each strip into four 2.5" squares, two rectangles 2.5" by 5", and two rectangles 2.5" by 9".  
Dark Background -  1 and 2/3 yard (Buy 1.75 yards)
  • Cut 24 strips 2.5" by WOF.  Subcut each strip into four 2.5" squares, two rectangles 2.5" by 5", and two rectangles 2.5" by 9".  
Plus (Use Medium Values that have a good contrast with both light background and dark background) - 16 strips 2.5" by WOF
  • From each strip cut three sections 6.5" in length and six sections 2.5" in length.
Corner Squares  
  • Medium to Dark Values - Cut 3 strips 5" by WOF.  Subcut into 5" squares. We need 24 squares for light blocks. 
  • Light to Medium Values - Medium to Cut 3 strips 5" by WOF. Subcut into 5" squares. We need 24 squares for dark blocks.
To create the 4-patch secondary pattern (green/purple in the picture above), please make sure that there is visible contrast between the corner fabrics. Use darker values in light background blocks and lighter values in dark background blocks. 


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Of course you could mix and match Snowball Squares with Cornered Squares. Here is one example.

Mixed - L15

I love this layout because it gives the illusion of curved corners, even when there are only straight seams. 

Fabric Requirements for Layout Mixed - L15.
Light Background -  2 yards
  • Cut 11 strips 4.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 4.5" squares. We need 96 squares. 
  • Cut 6 strips 2.5" by WOF. Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need 96 squares.
Snowball Corners - Cut 6 strips 2.5" by WOF.  Subcut into 2.5" squares. We need 96 squares for light blocks.  Use scraps, if you wish. 


Dark Background -  1 and 2/3 yard (Buy 1.75 yards)
  • Cut 24 strips 2.5" by WOF.  Subcut each strip into four 2.5" squares, two rectangles 2.5" by 5", and two rectangles 2.5" by 9".  
Corner Squares  
  • Cut 3 strips 5" by WOF. Subcut into 5" squares. We need 24 squares for dark blocks.
Plus (Use Medium Values that have a good contrast with both light background and dark background) - 16 strips 2.5" by WOF
  • From each strip cut three sections 6.5" in length and six sections 2.5" in length.
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This is by no means an exhaustive list of layouts. But these 15 layouts have me truly exhausted :-) 
Here is what Mari had to say with huge eye roll :-D

If you only make half or a third of the blocks and leave negative space you have a "Modern Quilt"

Then we both laughed. 

The use of negative space is definitely one characteristic of modern quilts. It may or may not appeal to you. If you wish to experiment with negative space, you can replace one or more plus blocks with a 10.5" square of background fabric and go to town.  Seriously the possibilities are endless.  But you are on your own.

If you have questions, ask away and I will respond in the comments, so that all can see.  If you know the answer to someone else's question, feel free to respond in the comments.


















Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Spring Broken

The best flowers are at the Keukenhof in Amsterdam. A bit out of my reach, mostly.

Tulips in Amsterdam, 2019

Keukenhof Gardens


The Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania are huge and absolutely beautiful, but still a few hours from me.

Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania

Water Lilies


The Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC are more accessible and I don't mind the long train ride although I will avoid the nightmarish parking in downtown DC. 

From 2008. My first time :-) 

So beautiful

Due to their popularity and the huge crowds (then), everyone was photobombing someone else's picture. The best pictures were taken skywards.

My favorite picture, 2008


The buds are pink but the blooms are almost white, with the faintest hint of blush.

Boating in the Tidal basin, 2018

The trouble with cherry blossoms is that they are so short-lived. One week at best and then all the petals compete to become a carpet.

With Kim, in the train to see the blossoms, 2018

Felt like winter, 2018


So I made careful plans. Checked and re-checked the "Bloom Watch" calendar for the peak bloom dates. Coordinated with friends to meet and walk and take it all in on that one fateful Saturday in April. I was looking forward to the picturesque walks around the Tidal Basin.

But then $#{% happened. The National Park Service, in accordance with CDC guidelines, implemented temporary site closures in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. I pouted and I sulked.

My hopes were dashed. My plans destroyed and my Spring Broken.


Scraps


In frustration I turned to fabric. Thinking of pink buds and white blooms, I started cutting and sewing.

Cutting and Re-cutting

Design Wall


Whatever?

Hmm...


Paul: Is this going somewhere or are you just destroying fabric?
Me: Leave me alone. 
Paul: Just checking if you are ok.
Me: Not yet.


Getting somewhere?

Maybe

Likely

After loads of cutting and sewing and arranging and reversing, something is bound to emerge? Right?
At least, my poutiness had subsided. 

Oh yes


AND, we are there!!!

Paul: Not bad.
Me: Um Hmmm.
Paul: Feel better?
Me: Yes.

I had a finished flimsy and I liked it.  It was my destroyed plans for the Cherry Blossoms that prompted the making of this quilt. I have therefore named it Spring Broken.


Not bad, indeed


This is working :-)

Red and Pink? Why not?


OK, we are there. It worked. The pouting was productive. 

I felt like I had captured the blooms (in a deconstructed way) and I wanted to add the effect of water with quilting. I turned to Rebecca. She said YES :-)

I got the quilted sandwich back, added the pink striped binding and forbade Rebecca to share the pictures of the finished quilt (the front at least). The wait is now over.

Meet Spring Broken.

Paul, the model

On the banks of Potomac


Pieced Backing


Breezy Day, Muddy Banks


Brightness = Happiness


Striped Pink Binding


Here are some close-ups to show off Rebecca's quilting.
 
Raindrops on Water


Tidal Basin, captured


Blooms and Blossoms


Eye candy :-)


Quilting Detail


I highly recommend Rebecca for your quilting needs. She knows what she is doing :-)


Pretty in Pink :-)


Peach and Copper


Spring Broken finished at 46" by 48" and I am very happy with her :-)

Spring Broken - 46" by 48"

Spring and Tidal Pool themes continue on the backing.

Backing


Labelled


There are quilters (fiber artists to be precise) who will appliqué and embroider and embellish to create a piece of art that will rival the natural beauty of the cherry blossoms. But deconstructed Spring looks a whole lot different. That is my story and I am sticking to it :-D

And just a couple more...


Hullo My Lovely


You make me Happy :-)

I will be linking with all my favorite linky parties. See full list on the sidebar. 

Are you having a good spring? Did you enjoy the Spring Break? Or was it Spring Broken? I'd love to hear your thoughts - pouty or not.  

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The leftovers from the red Sister's Choice Blocks were repurposed into these little blocks.  Will be sharing with Angela's Linky Party on Saturday.


The Red Leftovers

These leftovers are growing. I hope I can get a baby quilt out of them :-)

Bonus Quilt

I wonder what color is June. Will it be orange or purple? May be it is time for teal. What do you think?