I thought I would take a moment this Friday to talk about quilt layouts. Specifically about changing your layout once you already planned it.
Original (pretty traditional) layout:
I sewed all the blocks into rows and then started sewing the rows together. After pressing I decided to play around with a few alternative layouts.
This one is pathway-ish
I really like where this one was headed. Lots of small focal points with radiating zig-zags
In the end I decided to go with the original design, but it was liberating and a lot of fun to play around with the strips. I now have lots of ideas of what to do next with HSTs. I think sometimes I put so much effort into the planning and cutting of the quilt subunits that when it comes time to put it all together I just go ahead without playing around first.
How about you, do you...
plan a layout and stick to it?
start with a layout and then modify throughout?
Also, I'm curious, what would you have done with these blocks stuck with the traditional design or gone wild?