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    Design assistance please!

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    First, galloping horse rules apply please!
    I am having difficulty planning how to lay out these squares into a queen bed quilt. They are approximately 12 inches square. I plan to border in the print material, (quite wide) with a thin border of the dark blue between the squares and wide outer border. When I see just these four, I like how it looks, and I like the secondary pattern that emerges from the four corners being united.
    When I try and lay out beyond this, I cannot find a look I like.
    I have enough fabric to make more of any/all of these accent colours.

    This has been a WIP for over a year, it's not like I have to hurry, but I would like to get it finished.

    Any suggestions would be welcome. The pattern is called "Filtered Sunlight" by Judith Sandstrom. I adapted her pattern from 2 blocks of 18" each to 4 blocks of approx 12" each. Her pattern alternated blocks across each row like a checkerboard.

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    I like the second layout best because of the secondary pattern that emerges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loves_2_quilt View Post
    I like the second layout best because of the secondary pattern that emerges.
    I agree. Cool!

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    Another option is to use a very narrow sashing. A very narrow sashing will add another design layer and still keep the secondary pattern you get without sashing. A very narrow sashing would be 1/2 to 3/4ths of an inch. I think I'd use black with that really light for a cornerstone.

    Those are really cool blocks. Make more.

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    The second arrangement works great. This will be wonderful when all together.
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    I really like it with sashing....

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    Thanks for the replies so far,

    To clarify, the first picture is just the four blocks (on my kitchen floor). I pushed them together for the second picture to show the secondary star that forms from the four corners touching.

    I plan to use a small dark blue inner border followed by a larger print border.

    What I can't figure out is how to arrange the different coloured blocks in a larger format to make a quilt - how to I lay them out to showcase the dark blue, the light blue, the dark brown and the caramel colours.

    Scissor Queen - I love the blocks more now I have seen them at arm's length in the photo. I was getting tired of flying geese today.I have about 32 blocks done in total, and need to do more, but want to settle on a layout so I know how many more of each colour I need to do.

    Looking forward to any ideas, any and all suggestions appreciated!

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    I like the blocks seperated by some kind of thin brown sashing. It makes the blocks, esp the dark blue one, stand out. Then a darker sashing on the outside borders maybe with the white wide border? Post pictures when you decide please!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GEMRM View Post
    Thanks for the replies so far,

    To clarify, the first picture is just the four blocks (on my kitchen floor). I pushed them together for the second picture to show the secondary star that forms from the four corners touching.

    I plan to use a small dark blue inner border followed by a larger print border.

    What I can't figure out is how to arrange the different coloured blocks in a larger format to make a quilt - how to I lay them out to showcase the dark blue, the light blue, the dark brown and the caramel colours.

    Scissor Queen - I love the blocks more now I have seen them at arm's length in the photo. I was getting tired of flying geese today.I have about 32 blocks done in total, and need to do more, but want to settle on a layout so I know how many more of each colour I need to do.

    Looking forward to any ideas, any and all suggestions appreciated!
    Ahhh, yes, that design dilemma. I'd just play with them. You can run the colors in diagonals, alternate two colors in a row, start with four of the same in the center, then rounds of each color. There's probably another half dozen ideas for arrangements I have thought of yet.

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    What does Galloping Horse Rules Apply mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by loves_2_quilt View Post
    I like the second layout best because of the secondary pattern that emerges.
    I agree, I like the secondary pattern as well.

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    What beautiful blocks. I think you are just going to have to play with them to see what you like best. Take a picture of each layout. That usually helps me decide.

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    I'd put a favorite in the center and work in rounds of each color after that if you have an odd number of blocks each way. It's time for the colored pencils.

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    I love your fabric and blocks! It is going to be a beautiful quilt. Sorry, can't offer any layout advice. Show us what you end up doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FabricHeaven View Post
    What does Galloping Horse Rules Apply mean?
    This means kindly overlook any/all flaws, like, you wouldn't see them from a galloping horse. . . .

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    I will show what I end up doing, it will just not be really soon.
    Working on a lap throw for my daughter's birthday in February, work, and other "obligated duties" always limit my time to get things complete. I am envious of all the quilters who have more time than I do, but appreciative of my time when i recognize I have more than some others!

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    I think the problem stems from the fact that three of the blocks have a dark accent while the fourth one is a light blue. Maybe you could start in the center with the light color then radiate out into the darker colors.
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    I like the second one for reasons already stated previously. The layout of the second one brings that patterns to life because of how it makes even more stars! By the way, the block looks so beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    I think the problem stems from the fact that three of the blocks have a dark accent while the fourth one is a light blue. Maybe you could start in the center with the light color then radiate out into the darker colors.
    I think you've defined for me why I can't decide. I didn't like the light one, but hubby did, and I thought an even number of colours was good - however, nature likes uneven, so maybe I should have stuck with 3, but you have provided a possible "rescue" - - - -Thank you paulswalia!
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