Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Square Dance Quilt

Well, here's one of the things I worked on at the retreat this past weekend, a small quilt based on the technique in the book 'Square Dance' by Martha Thompson:



Bright, isn't it? I started by sewing a 7x9 grid of 6 inch squares, with a 3 inch border in purple, then drew a template, traced around it on my grid-fabric, then cut the plain squares up according to her instructions. I was surprised how much it shrunk when I rotated the little squares and sewed them back together to make my pinwheels.

Now I have a pile of three inch squares (produced when you hack the plain blocks apart) that I plan to put on the outer border, but the inner rectangle is so much smaller than expected that I need to add some blocks to it to make it bed-sized. There's lots of the purple fabric left, and I also have the exact same tone on tone print but in royal blue, same color value, that would look good in there too.

Here's my dilemma - Should I make the whole quilt with a background of purple... or use some blue as background for the pinwheels to break up the purple a bit? Or should I make some of the other borders blue? I can bind it in blue OR purple. Which of the following two EQ6 design pictures do you prefer? The actual blue/purple fabric color difference is more subtle than the colors you see here:



More on the retreat when I get more pictures ready to post! I also taught a class and have some photos from that, and took a class and have some things from that to show you. :)

16 comments:

k said...

I like the one with the blue in it.

Clare said...

It's beautiful. I prefer the first one. Yup, definitely the first one.

Kathie said...

I like the one with the blue and purple in it!
great quilt....

The Calico Cat said...

FWIW, I prefer the all purple version? (Have you asked a cat?)

joyce said...

I prefer the one with the blue. It seems to frame the center better. It's a gorgeous pattern.

paula, the quilter said...

Blue.

Joanne said...

This is going to be a great quilt. I vote for the blue, too -- to add even more interest.

Angie said...

This quilt is gorgeous! Love those colors...and whichever you choose, the blue or the purple, it will be a stunning quilt!

anne bebbington said...

It's got to be the all purple one for me - but then I ADORE purple :o)

Susan said...

I like them both. The purple will look as if things are floating, and that's always pretty. The blue is like a breaker border, and will be great, too.

Bonnie said...

It is a very colorful (which I like) quilt. Even though I prefer the contrasting blue, the all purple would undoubtedly tone the whole quilt down a bit.

Tazzie said...

I like the first one too Jane, the extra bit of colour is fun. I love the optical illusion with the offset pinwheels in the middle. Makes me tilt my head to the right a little!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

atet said...

Hmmm...I think I like the all purple version, but without seeing the blue fabric it's hard to visualize -- either way it's going to be a really fun quilt!

mar said...

I think that the all purple one brings out the center and shows it off more. But both ways will make fun quilts

Patti said...

I'm sure you made your decision long ago - but I'll comment anyway. I like the all purple version. The other version looks to me like you ran out of purple fabric so made do with the blue. It's a marvelous quilt - I love the bright fabrics in the center. I've not seen another picture more recently as I've been catching up on reading - have you put this one away for awhile?

GRACE said...

i love BOTH of them, but yes, the blue does break up the purple...gorgeous

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