Thursday, October 29, 2015

When A Plan Starts Coming Together

Now that I have the Vacation Time top pieced, I am more than ready to start quilting it.  I even have all of my Aurifil threads together.

But before I tackle a quilt, I like to have some sort of plan together.  Otherwise I'll just sit and stare blankly at it and cry.  So this week I have been using my Plexiglas and dry erase markers to audition different free motion designs in my blocks.

Of course Oliver felt the need to stop by and put his two cents in, as he always does.  Though sometimes he does actually have good advice.  So together this is what we came up with.

The centers of the taupe and red octagon blocks make me think of a sand dollars.  

I tried creating secondary shapes in the background fabric to break up the space.  

I love the illusions of the squares that look like they are going underneath the other designs, like the ribbon candies in the blue fabric.

When I looked at this block all I could see was the taupe X in the center.  What the heck can I do with that?  After staring at if for a while, this magical little star showed itself.

I'm not 100% sold on the filler in the background of this one.  I have never stitched something like this on a quilt, but I think the time has come.  Will the paisleys stay?  Will they be replaced with more swirls?  Not sure, but the fabric and thread will let me know.

So those are my thoughts for now.  I still have two blocks I need to crack and the pieced together boarder.  Sometimes you just have to walk away and clear your head before you can see what comes next.   

Come joint the party!!  Today I'm linking up with Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up QuiltsCan I Get a Whoop! Whoop! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Link-A-Party @ Richard and Tanya Quilts.


Gina said...

great quilting plan. I need to get myself some plexi glass. I normally plain blocks from Eq and then doodle until I come up with something I'm happy with

Anonymous said...

Love this quilt top and your quilting planing with the plexi glass is a really fab idea! :0) xx

Kathy S. said...

Beautiful designs! Great plan. Yes, Oliver did offer great advice. Good luck with the quilting.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Your quilting plan looks good. Good luck and have fun.

Lynette said...

You have some really wonderful plans drawn out here! I love the secondary designs you created. I've been wanting to do more of that, too.

Sandra Walker said...

Oh you are playing my song, girlfriend! LOVE how you process your design decisions, and the weaving under and around with framed designs like ribbon candy is SO up my alley. This is going to be really really amazing. Can't wait to see it. I use clear vinyl on a quilt top, but I sure like the plexiglass idea.

Kate said...

You've come up with some really fun options. Have fun with the execution.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

I've really learned a lot from this post! Your pics and the way you plan your quilting designs has inspired me to work a little harder on my own plans. First up, some dry erase markers. I've got some plexiglass here somewhere, just need to locate it. :) I'm looking forward to seeing your quilting come together! Thanks for linking up to MCM Tish!

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