Sometimes a quilt just evolves and you end up in a completely direction than you originally though you wanted. I am currently working on a quilt for the negative space challenge we are having as part of the Tampa Modern Quilt Guild and I am becoming a big fan of my design wall. They really were not that common when I started quilting oh so many years ago. As was evident in some of my earlier blog posts. I use to lay out my blocks on the living room floor and look at it for a few day, move some things around, and then when I was happy with the layout, I would start sewing things together. Now, it is all about my design wall. It is nothing fancy just a 4' by 6' piece of foam board covered in batting and stuck to the wall using some command Velcro strips, but I love it. Especially now that I am old and don't want to crawling around on the floor anymore.
The other benefit to a design wall is when I am having trouble deciding on the direction I want to go in, I can arrange my blocks, take a picture, and then try another option. Of course, that always leads to some more obsessing, but it does make it much easier to make a decision when you are just scrolling through pictures.
My original thought for this quilt was a horizontal chevron panel with a lot of white space for quilting, but the more I looked at it the more I thought, it looks so predictable. So, I put some space between the rows, but still I wasn't feeling it. Then I thought how about a vertical panel? But still I wasn't feeling it.
Finally, this arrangement has formed and I think I might go with it. What do you think?
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