Sunday, March 3, 2019

And then I wondered............

As I was walking into my studio yesterday afternoon I saw my dark pineapple log cabin blocks (needed just 2 more for a quilt of 35 blocks) and next to them the light blocks waiting for 14 more blocks.......and thought what if I have the light blocks at one end and the dark ones at the other end and merge them with an irregular line of the 2 kinds mixed.  It would be a twin size quilt if I do this and I had made the resolution to do smaller quilts this year.

I have 8 more blocks made (not on the wall) so I need to still make 8 more blocks if I do this layout.  If I continue with my idea of 2 smaller quilts (one light blocks and one dark blocks) I need to make 11 light blocks.  I'm not in a hurry to make a decision so I'll just keep making light blocks.  Some blocks need to be moved to different positions for a smooth center transition.  What do you think of this type of layout compared to others I have shown? 

For anyone just seeing these blocks for the first time I have previously in February shown all dark blocks, all light blocks, mixed blocks in straight set, mixed blocks on point, light blocks with dark blocks as border and dark blocks with light blocks as borders.  You will just have to scroll back through the month if you want to see them.

This little guy visited my backyard yesterday morning and cleaned up under the suet baskets.







I just kept snapping pictures to be sure I got one good one and ended up with 2.  His/her head was bobbing up and down so fast there were a lot of blurry ones.

29 comments:

Nicole said...

This is really super! I think it's the most dynamic layout so far.

Frédérique said...

Great idea! Beautiful layout like this

Libby in TN said...

Just another one of your fabulous colorwash quilts!

Tilkunviilaaja said...

The layout based on your new idea looks great! There will be such interesting movement there!

Linda Swanekamp said...

Oh, this is just fantastic! The color movement makes you even forget it is a pineapple block, but a whole quilt. Love, love the color and value shifts. Who cares how much real estate it takes up? This is a unique and rich piece.

Debbie said...

This "what if" is the absolute best surprise! I love the merging of the values. It creates movement without making you dizzy or losing the whole effect of the pineapple block. Absolutely the best:)

Mary said...

I really like this layout and would love to see you follow through with it, but I understand what you are saying about making small quilts this year.

Gene Black said...

I love the surprise layout. There is a lot of movement and the subtle blend is really appealing.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I really like this layout of the pineapple blocks that you did - it really looks great

JJM said...

I love your new layout and agree with all, it is your best layout yet. Do you want to add 2 quilts to your finishes or one fabulous quilt ?

I'm trying to ignore your possum, he's never been one is f my favorite critters.

JJM

Vicki W said...

I love thks layout idea!

Millie said...

I'm totally on board with this one!

Kathy said...

I love the new layout. The eye moves around the design and then starts to notice the details.

Heather Patterson said...

YES! I think that this idea of yours is the best so far.
An all-dark quilt is a bit too "brooding" (though reminiscent of some antique quilts); this shading dark to light brings welcome lightness less formally than arranged as edging or centre. And I think that, for an already busy and dynamic (and beautiful!) pattern, setting on point is an unnecessary complication.
heather in Toronto :)

Nancy said...

This is my favorite layout that you have shown.

Unknown said...

I liked some of the other arrangements but this one is very nice too - it has an intriguing quality...

Marnie Haines said...

Another fabulous idea from your creative mind! Thanks so much for sharing all of these possibilities on your blog. "What ifs" can be so much fun and you have just shared another great one, Wanda.

Sharon said...

Wow, this is amazing. Can't wait to see it finished.

Corrine said...

I love this layout idea. It looks great! I would say go for it.

Christina Davies said...

Love this layout! And the possum is cute, too.

lvkwilt said...

Love what you're doing! I'm sure the two quilts would be great, but this is way more interesting! Great idea!

J Aiken said...

This is the best layout yet! It glows! It would be worth making a bigger quilt.

Sharon said...

Fun layout! I really like this one! It makes it different from the usual Pineapple quilt, and I think that's a good thing.

Cute little possum! I'm glad you got a decent shot.

Elsie Montgomery said...

I like this layout too. It gets my eyes moving and wanting to stay on the design!

52KID said...

I love that idea. I have decided that quilts stay on the wall, or just hang around for a while sometimes, just waiting for that "aha" moment when you know exactly what to do with them. I've had that happen several times now, and this looks like it could be one. I'm sure I'll love whatever you decide, I normally do.

Charlotta said...

I love this new idea! It’s fantastic, and one larger quilt won’t be the end of you! It’ll be a great quilt and nice and warm, too, for your long cold winters! Go for it!
What an adorable possum! She (I choose to think it’s a female because we generally have a bias in favor of picking the male gender, unless animals are seen with babies, even when there are no indication of gender) is so good for your yard and no harm at all, but I assume you already know that! People are very biased against “possums” unfortunately, I guess perhaps because they think they’re ugly and have “rat tails,” and, of course, they can be pests if you have chickens.

Allison C Bayer Plano TX said...

You are onto something! I believe it is in keeping with your love of color wash. I like it when you wonder!! Enjoyed seeing the pics of the possum to. We live near a creek in town and every year see a mom with babies piled on her back. Allison C. Bayer, Plano, Texas

Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

Everything you do is always great. I do like this new layout.

Lynnwa said...

Like we are supposed to tell you how to design a quilt?lol I really like this idea but would like to see a blending down the middle with the darker on the outside so it kind of evens up how you look at it. All or most of light on one end and dark on the other looks like it would appear to be lopsided. Will like what ever you come up with!