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.


















29 comments:

  1. No wonder you are exhausted after all those possibilities! I hope you enjoy your vanilla ice with chocolate sauce as a reward :)

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  2. That's a whole lot of layouts !! Thank you

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  3. You've outdone yourself with all the possibilities! You're making it very hard not to join in 🤦‍♀️💕

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  4. I love these layouts! Thank you Preeti!

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  5. I thought I knew what my quilt was going to look like! Now I don’t! So many choices. Whew!

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  6. Wow, thank you for the hard job! I decided earlier the layout and the block I wanted, but now I'm unsure... well, well, lot of fun possibilites, and I need a Vanilla PLUS chocolate ice cream (I don't choose!) ;))

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  7. Beautiful layouts. What size quilt o they make? Thank you.

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    1. I believe the blocks finish at 10”
      So 60” by 80”

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  8. What a wonderful job you have done for us! Thank you for your hard work. I am looking forward to playing along.

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  9. Beautiful layouts -- hard to choose! Thanks for all your hard work putting it together -- You definitely deserve the reward!

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  10. Oh my gosh! This is amazing and honestly, I don't think I could every come up with so many possibilities! I love them. Can't wait to get going!!

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  11. Wow, how generous to share so many options and yardages for different layouts; that's a lot of work to put together and share!!

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  12. Chocolate.... your post blew me away - so many options!

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  13. I'm going simple (vanilla)
    until I see all the other beauties.

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  14. I laughed too! Been quilting for nearly 40 years, I was a “modern” quilter 30 years ago!
    Definition of modern = “relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past”

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  15. You have given us so many tempting options for layouts! It's going to be very hard to choose just one. TIt's time for me to figure out my fabrics/colors.

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  16. Girl, you are on a roll. You need to take a day off. These are all so great, hard to pick one to start.

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  17. You are in overdrive. And, thank you so much for doing all this work for a good cause! I'm mentioning it on my blog today. Hope it helps.

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  18. Is that ALL you could come up with, Preeti?!?! :P

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  19. What a comprehensive post, thank you for all your work.

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  20. The choice between vanilla and chocolate is easy - chocolate wins every time. But your multiply layout suggestion have given me a brain freeze, so this will require some further consideration (which is just another way for me to procrastinate).
    Pat

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    1. See Cathy's comment below. I suggest you two get together to bring both brains to a normal temperature :-)

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  21. You have provided so many variations! Wow!!

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  22. Well, this post of possibilities set my brain on fire (it does that sometimes). Then I set myself the parameter that I must pull from stash, so that has helpfully narrowed the possibilities. The brain is merely smoldering now....

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    1. See MissPat's comment above. I suggest you two get together to bring both brains to a normal temperature :-)

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  23. Preeti, you are such an over-achiever!! Do you realize that this blog post contains enough content for an entire BOOK?! How is anyone supposed to choose just one layout? The ice cream analogy is very apt, and now I'm that annoying customer at the front of the line at the 31 Flavors ice cream shop, wanting to taste each one because she can't make up her mind...

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  24. Lots of great choices here! Have fun with the quilt along and thanks for sharing it on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  25. Wow...that's a lot of choices. Guess it's time to make a decision.

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