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    Balance and symmetry

    This may be just a quirk of mine - but when using blocks that are of the "alternate" type - I much prefer using a checkerboard setting or even rows x even rows or odd rows x odd rows setting.

    It just feels "wrong" and "uncomfortable" to me to use an even x odd setting (like B).

    A is a checkerboard type setting - even x even setting

    C is an odd row x odd row setting.

    D and E are just extremes. D is odd x odd - but unbalanced.
    E is odd x even and unbalanced.

    Do any of you also have these preferences?
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    That's funny. Yes, I'm fussy about having things even and balanced. This is sometimes hard to do with balancing color.

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    I have no problem with any of those examples
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    I guess I tend to go for settings like your C setting. That looks perfectly balanced, to me.

    LOL, Only we quilters would even think of these things! Muggles (non-quilting folk) would just grab the quilt, squeal, and go snuggle up with it, regardless of the balance of the layout!
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    i prefer the C layout. i'm working on a quilt now that calls for 12x12, but i'm doing one row less so that the same prominent color is on the outer row
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    I do like my checkerboards to end with the dark like C.

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    It really depends on what I'm trying to create. Perfect balance isn't always desirable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by popover View Post
    It really depends on what I'm trying to create. Perfect balance isn't always desirable.
    "A" is probably the most technically "balanced" - it has the same number of lights and darks.

    I agree that for some things the above diagram is totally irrelevant.

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    "C" is the only one that looks balanced to me. Isn't it funny how we all have a different idea of "balance"?
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    Count me in on the balanced side. I like things even.
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    I prefer the 'c' setting. just is more pleasing to the eye.
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    I usually have fairly balanced quilts (like A thru C) if I'm working with shapes likes squares or rectangles and/or doing something "checkerboardy", but when I do something like an OBW I usually end up arranging things so that one end is "heavier" than the other, more like D or E. All the darks up in one corner, all the lights in the opposite corner...something like that.

    Where does a bargello fall in this? They're one of my favorite types to quilt to make, and I'm not really sure where one of those would fit in. All the swoops and curves provide a lot of movement, which to me suggests it's not really balanced.

    Are balanced quilts more calming, and unbalanced quilts more "active"? I kind of think so.

    Interesting topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    "C" is the only one that looks balanced to me. Isn't it funny how we all have a different idea of "balance"?
    I agree that "C" is the only "balanced" arrangement.

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    It is not what I prefer but what you like. You
    will get all kinds of opinions based on personal preference. So, do what is pleasing to you.

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    Yes, I'm definitely OCD and prefer balanced. I can't stand uneven blinds or unstraight pictures either, even in a Drs. office.

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    I have several friends born in the first two weeks of October like me. We laugh how we are true Libra's as we want everything balanced in our lives. So yes, I agree with you about balance and symmetry.

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    I am inclined to use both A and C. I also like to balance my colors. My design board is my friend.

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    As a retired scientist, I must admit that I prefer the symmetry of C. Also, I use lots of sashing to mask slight deviations in alignment of points.

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    I usually go with "C" as it makes me feel the most comfortable but occasionally have used one of the others.

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    I think C is the most balanced....you have your darks in the 4 corners....A looks like it's missing something....but, not bad at all.

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    I, too, like a balanced appearance. One wall is covered with fleece where I try out new designs.

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    C for me. Although I don't mind E for a modern look. D is too off balanced.

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    I like them all but D & E are my favorite. One of those that's what "makes the world go around" things. LOL

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    While I have a fondness for balance, I have an equal dislike for square quilts in general, so I am forced to deal with the even by odd, or go with something like 4x6 or 5x7. Depending on the size of the blocks, that can lead to a long and narrow quilt, which I also do not prefer. LOL Most of my quilts do end up 4x5 or 5x6.
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