Visual Decisions


Note to self. RESIST the temptation to “just sew a few blocks together to see how they look.” It is a sure-fire set up for having to rip out those same blocks later.
I'm really playing with fabric, trying out some new things for my upcoming workshop at Mid Appalachian Quilt Conference in July. I just could not get the proportion the way I wanted it on these pieced blocks.


I need to see what the square will look like, so trying to figure it out by doing math doesn't work for me.
I don't want the stripe-edge squares to overpower the other squares.
But I don't want them so skinny that they look like binding.
I tell my students, you can't just “think” it out. You have to mock it up so that you can visualize how it will look.
“Spring Ahead” is done. There are some things I would change, but this quilt is a sample and I'm not ripping anything else out. Done is a good thing!


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  1. Catherine says

    So beautiful! Wow!

  2. I don’t think it looks like a border, I pretty much agree with what Christine said. Great!

  3. Christine says

    I didn’t really see the bordered block in the bottom row at first glance…and in the brighter center one, it is the center that my eye goes to, not the border. Then it is pulled to the other similar colored blocks which have the little squares….but it is good in that my eye dances around & you are not even done. Beautiful.

  4. Christine says

    What if you put a small square inside this culprit?

  5. I am with you–I stay away from math as much as possible! As for your piece–it is Beautiful–Love everything about it from the colors to lay-out.

  6. Stephanie says

    Terry, I love it!

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