Monday, May 16, 2011

Design Wall Monday #20

What's on my design wall this week?

I finished the Lil' Twister pinwheel quilt top that I was working on last week, and I do love it!  I predict that I will make more quilts using this technique because it's just fun! I could see myself sewing together the first step, then cutting the pinwheels and putting all the pieces in a kit to sew at a retreat.


Then I worked on ideas for my Capricorn stitcheries quilt top.

I love the effect of the half chain blocks and want to make the border with them. But I don't want the border to take away from the stitchery blocks that are the focus of this quilt.

This is option #1 with the solid red blocks between the half chain blocks. I think it's a little "heavy". Plain white blocks are a little boring. And I didn't like the flying geese idea either.







This is version #2 with the alternating half chain blocks pointing in.









This is version #3 with the alternating half chain blocks pointing out.

Do you have a favorite?
Or a recommendation for another version?

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23 comments:

Susan said...

The pinwheel quilt looks like such fun...... I really must give it a try one day............

Sue Daurio said...

love the pinwheels and I like option 2 for the border the best. Any of them will be beautiful!!

Yvette said...

I love the stitcheries in the 2nd option you showed. I forgot that I have these patterns. I must dig them out and get started, this is too cute.

QuiltSwissy said...

#2 Definitly. Definitely. whatever......my degrees are not in spelling.

glen

Plum Cox said...

Oooh yes, I love No. 2 best too.
Love your pinwheels too!

Dresden Quilter said...

They are beautiful.

Mary said...

I like the idea #3, placing the extending lines of half chain blocks out. My opinion is to add the white between them, frame it with Red to finish it.

LuAnn said...

I like all 3 options, but to my eye the first two draw my eye right to the border instead of to the blocks. I agree with Mary - I think I would put a solid white border in there to frame the blocks and then either use the half blocks or solid red. I have a few of those stitcheries, too. Beautiful quilt Kathy!

Appalachian Quilts said...

Love your Lil Twister. I really need to start mine!

Diane said...

mmmm...aster manor fabric too lovely! and the red chain blocks look great....the border is up to you. I don't know I think I'd want to audition either a red or white stop border in there first, I have to see it before I could be sure of my wishy-washy opinions.

Alycia said...

I vote for option #2, and then #3... For somw reason #1 is too blocky and draws my eye away from the center of the quilt. But then you are aksing someone who is dependant on chocolate to make a decision LOL

Enjoy!!

Ellen said...

I vote for #2!

Anonymous said...

I like #3 or #2 both even out the quilt and don't take away from the stitched blocks.Love the technique of doing the other little quilt.Nice idea to take it to a retreat or workshop.

brenda said...

You accomplish so much I am amazed but I digress. I love option #3 and I agree option 1 is a little heavy looking.
Brenda

Gari said...

both quilts are great and I vote for #2.

Wendy said...

Isn't the Lil Twister a fun quilt? I've done 2 so far. I vote for option #3.
Love the redwork and setting.

Anita said...

Love the pinwheels, now I want to make one.
I much prefer option #2.

Helen in the UK said...

Looks like I'm with the majority is saying option 2! I think the blocks pointing inwards draw attention into the centre of the quilt which is what you want to achieve :)

Celia said...

The pinwheel quilt is really great. I have done 2 of the same technique but used solids...

Floss said...

Love the colours in the pinwheels, very pretty.

for the border I vote for option 2.

Quilts And Pieces said...

I like version #2. And I just got that twister ruler. I was hoping to work on mine this weekend!

julieQ said...

What gorgeous stitcheries! I like all of the settings, so I am no help at all! Your little twister quilt is wonderful...how do you make that one??

Rose Marie said...

Love where you are going with your stitchery layouts .... it is a toss between #2 and #3 .... love both of them!