Sunday, April 14, 2013

Layouts for the value quilt

I've been re-arranging the pieces of the value quilt, inspired by the beautiful tutorial from SewKatieDid.  Here are 5 possible layouts.
#1 Chevrons

#2 Flying Geese

#3Broken Dishes

#4 Radiating Diamonds

#5 Squares on Point

Which layout is your favorite?

As I've been working on this, I've been listening the "The Hunger Games" audiobook. I had seen the movie before, but since I watched it at a quilt retreat, I missed some major elements.  (I thought Gail and Peeta were the same person). If you aren't familiar with the plot, this doesn't mean much to you, but basically I thought the main character's 2 possible romantic interests were the same person. I'll probably always think of "The Hunger Games" when I see this quilt now!

Any suggestions for great books to listen to while quilting?

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  1. I love the radiating diamonds layout :-)

  2. It's always so fun to play with HST layouts--so many, many possibilities. I love to listen to audiobooks while I sew, and have quite a few I could recommend, but it's always hard to do so because everyone has different tastes.

    I just finished Me Before You, which was riveting, although I was suprised I would like it as much as I did. And I just finished the last of the Guido Brunetti mysteries (set in Venice) which I love because I love Venice!

    Good luck with both!
    Elizabeth E.

  3. My first choice is Radiating Diamonds; second--practically tie--is Squares on Point. HSTs are so versatile. I don't listen to audio books while working, but I love reading the Guido Brunetti mysteries. I enjoyed reading The Hunger Games too.

  4. I like the flying geese. That has always been a favorite pattern of mine and I think it shows off the lights vs. the darks well.

    I like to listen to jazz while I quilt--especially when I'm at the machine.

  5. I have decided to express my ranking in poem form:

    The Chevron design is nice but a bore.
    In Broken Dishes I see the value contrast more.
    Flying Geese is a pattern I've long endorsed.
    (However, I thought the geese pointed north!)
    Squares on Point is lively and fun.
    Radiating Diamonds is my pick for number one!
    In the end, pick what you like best.
    This is just the view of one blog guest!

    1. Well, since you wrote a poem, I should try to respond in kind:

      I might not write poetry as well as you,
      but Radiating Diamonds is my pick too.

  6. Oh I love #4! Very striking!

  7. Flying geese is the pattern I pick.
    But, Radiating Diamonds seems to hold sway.
    So, I say, get to that machine quick,
    and see this project through this day!
    For the mind and fingers are called by the muse.
    Your creativity you must use!

    Happy sewing!

    1. Thanks for the great poem! If I could actually focus on one project, I could "see this project through" in a few days max. But now I've been inspired to get back to the machine quilting, so the triangles will have to wait.

    2. That's one of the many great things about this hobby--we always have other ideas and projects! Have fun, enjoy.

  8. Hah! You've got some multi-talented faithful readers! Poets AND quilters? Great stuff. :)

    I hope to do a radiating diamonds quilt one day. I just love the way it looks. :)

    1. Yes, I do have some great and loyal readers! The radiating diamonds seems to be the overall favorite. When you get a chance to try it, I think you'll have a lot of fun with it!