Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Planning a Quilting layout

After much fiddling and generally farting about - this is the layout I've decided on for my bed runner.

I've given up on the idea of puffs......  once I realised how many squares it would take!  I would have been well and truly out of puff by the time I finished.  Does everyone take as long as me to decide on what's going where?  Blimey - if I hadn't been so precious about it, I could have sewn half of it together already.  I'm going to do simple squares.  I don't want to overdo it, and take away from the pretty bedding I want to compliment. (though I may have to add a button or two).

I've worked out that I need 76 x 5 inch squares to make the runner.  It's the closest I can get to the width of a super king quilt - leaving me a couple of inches to do an edging or binding of some sort.  I would love to add a big bobble trim, but the cat would have a field day with it - so that's a no-no.  Plus, anything on the bed has to be capable of chucking in the machine.  Perhaps jumbo ric-rac if I can find a teal colour? 

Amazingly, I cut so many squares for my Puffy Pillow - I had enough for the runner, with some to spare (I must have gone mental with the rotary the other day) - though the choice was running out desperately by the end...... hence lots of jiggling to make it look even.  I've checked, and re-checked and don't think I have any two the same touching diagonally or in the same vertical row.

So - no guessing for what I shall be doing tomorrow.  In the meantime, the door will stay firmly shut, or the cat will be learning how to fly.

Couldn't resist taking a pic of this.
Such a dark and dingy day -
It's helping to brighten up the corner of the room.
Happy Sewing x


  1. No matter how much you plan, it seems there are always two the same touching. Murphy's law! Beautiful choice of fabrics.

    1. Ha - that's what I keep thinking, but despite frequent perusing - I seem to have managed it. I'm pleased with how the fabrics go together, as they're all pulled from my stash and none are from the same range.

  2. Wow, I've just had to bookmark this page as I'm doing my first quilt and assumed you just had to spread them all over the floor but you've overlapped them. I wouldn't have thought of that! It's looking great!

    1. It's easy to overlap these as they're just squares. When it comes to a range of shapes, I draw it out on paper - with a code (I try to remember) for each fabric. Good luck with your first quilt.

  3. The planning process is all part of the project, sometimes it takes me ages to fiddle about, if it is getting to fiddly in my head, then I leave it for a while. Rushing on, often means I regret it afterwards. I see the creative process as different from manufacturing where time is money. This'fiddly stage' where it seems I will never be satisfied enough to start, causes stress, I feel I lose my confidence and have to keep the inner critic at bay, who is often shouting at me 'haven't you made your mind up yet? or Hurry up, you are dithering'

    Suddenly my 'ready' feeling happens when I know it has come together.

    I think the colours work beautifully, randomness is very hard to achieve but I think this has the makings of a lovely runner that will be treasured for years to come.


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