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Thread: Bucket of Strips Quilt Blocks Done - Now What? Help!

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    Bucket of Strips Quilt Blocks Done - Now What? Help!

    I started out with a bucket of strips from a fabric designers tag sale.
    All my strips are now sewn into HST squares with black.

    Now what?
    I first thought I'd do a sunlight and shadows with blue toned squares offset going into red at the bottom - eight across, then seven, etc.
    But then I have all these other ones left over.
    Put them in the middle?
    Or should I do sets of four squares and just move them around?
    OR ... pinwheels?
    And then there is the matter of quilting, which I wanted to do on my embroidery machine ... don't really want borders as you'd get with fun and done ... *sigh*
    Now I know why quilters plan FIRST!
    Help!
    Here they are. The colors are off in my photos - the blues and reds are deep and rich.
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    Those are cool blocks. There are probably at least a couple of dozen different ways to set them!! I'd put them on a design wall and just play with different arrangements for a week or two!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    Those are cool blocks. There are probably at least a couple of dozen different ways to set them!! I'd put them on a design wall and just play with different arrangements for a week or two!
    Play play play. They're really gorgeous blocks.
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    Wow very nice colors. Put on the design board and play!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    Those are cool blocks. There are probably at least a couple of dozen different ways to set them!! I'd put them on a design wall and just play with different arrangements for a week or two!
    Yes, you could just play and play with the design for EVER. IMHO, I would not try to match the 'colors', I would do a free for all. Maybe leaning toward pinwheels.
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    I can't wait to see how you arrange them...they are just lovely...
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    I LOVE all those colors - how beautiful this is going to be!

    There are so many ways to lay this out - here are some EQ "serendipity" arrangements - the pdf has larger images of all eight of these. I really like the "braided" look - the last one - but the streak of lighting is really pretty, too. Of course, with fabrics as prettty as you have there, anything you choose is going to be lovely!
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    Oh boy! Thank you! I don't have EQ, so that is just what I needed.

    Unfortunately, no room for a design wall here. And if I laid them out on my bed, I'd play so long we'd never get to sleep!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieH View Post
    Play play play. They're really gorgeous blocks.
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    ditto ditto ditto
    and then Play some more!

    Take a look a the dozens of different arrangements for Log Cabin quilts, as you could use them for these blocks.
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    How about arranging them in a spiral out from the center? I think they would look cool that way if it works. You could also look up different arrangements of the log cabin blocks. It's a different block but the same principal of a dark and light diagonal block. They are very pretty!

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    Those are some nice blocks, can't wait to see them finnished.

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    I have Carpenter's stars on the brain - this would look kind of pretty with the traditional star and the modern geometrics around it.
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    Oh no!!! Just when I thought I knew what I was going to do ... ARGH!

    Happily I have a lot more strips to play with ... in BATIKS!
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    i agree. play, play, play. it is fun arranging the blocks different ways to get different designs. the options are endless.

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    This is sooo much fun. And to think it all started with a bucket of strips. I should add that I've only begun to touch the strips I got at this sale -- there were two 55 gal bins of strips!
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    Wow Krystyna they are beautiful.
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    what ever you do will be beautiful
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    Looks like thepolyparrot has given you some great ideas! Can't wait to see the end result.
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    OK. I picked one.

    But you'll have to wait to see the end result.

    By the way, getting tidy points on this little beauty is one big PITA!

    And I can't even begin to THINK about quilting it yet. Ugh!
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    OK, I can't wait until you get the top all together...
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    Looking sew forward to your finished design. The blocks are just lovely.
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    Progress report: two rows done. Looked at them and have to rip out the first row. Off to a great start!
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    Krystyna,

    How large are your blocks going to be? How bif were your blocks before you made the HST? Can't wait to see your finished product. m

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    I agree with Scissor Queen. Go to the design wall and look at it a while, move them around untill you find the best look. Great start!

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    Beautiful blocks! I just did this with a baby quilt, one strippy half, the other polka dot. I ended up with an offset spiral setting. Post #436 in the thread.

    I went through quite a few settings, including another alternative:
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