How do you work out a quilt design?

A design wall is a great tool. I know I’ve talked about it before, but it bears repeating, especially in this stage of the quiltmaking process.

I’m more visual, so seeing the colors together, rearranging them, switching out colors, and staring them down really tells me how they will look together.

For my turquoise crayon color challenge,  I’ve been auditioning fabrics and blocks ideas. I’ve always wanted to do something with the New York Beauty block, but I want my version to be unique. Of course, I also wanted to use a version of that beautiful block that was doable, especially if I repeated it.  I want something I won’t get tired of because it’s too hard or so time-consuming I get sick of working on it.

I worked up some blocks and parts of blocks last evening to play with—kind of like research!

I also like these fun Square-in-a-square blocks too, which got me thinking… Today, I’m wondering if I can incorporate them into my New York Beauty idea without it looking like I just slapped them together.

Bit that’s part of the fun process for me. I love taking what I like and figuring out how to put it all together. Maybe I’ll get out my EQ and play a bit this weekend.

I hope you have a fun project planned for this fine winter weekend too!

Happy Quilting,


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