Your advice, please!

/ Monday, 27 December 2010 /

Before I get to the business at hand, just a quick pause to show off my lovely daughter and one of my two gorgeous dogs!  Eve is certainly going to miss her fur sisters when she goes off to university next fall!
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.  As promised in my last post, this morning I set out my vinyl tablecloth on the living room floor and tried out four layouts of the HSTs made with Maison de Garance.  None of them use all of the 160 HSTs that I have - I just  wanted to get an idea of the look.  Here they are:
(1) Zigzag
Auditioning HST layouts 1
(2) Don't know what this layout is called officially, but I have been thinking of it as Lattice Diamonds (ignore those random blocks along the left side).
Auditioning HST layouts 2
(3) Single diamonds
Auditioning HST layouts 3
(4) Single triangles
Auditioning HST layouts 4
So what do you think is the nicest?  I'm sure there are other layouts that I didn't try; for example, the barn raising layout with concentric diamonds radiating out from the centre.  I'm not terribly fond of that one, so I didn't bother with it.  But if there are others that I should know about please do say!
P.S.  Thanks, all of you, for that bunch of wonderfully encouraging comments on yesterday's post when I was feeling so blue about that quilt top.  I've got a line on some long-armers, and I'm filled with renewed hope!

27 comments:

{ The Calico Cat } on: 27 December 2010 at 13:16 said...

I strongly prefer the simplicity of the first one.

{ Malin } on: 27 December 2010 at 13:53 said...

Single diamonds, or perhaps the second one!
Good luck!

{ Sarah Craig } on: 27 December 2010 at 14:20 said...

I'm going to throw a monkey wrench in the works - I love the lattice diamonds, but if you want simplicity, I think the last one is absolutely gorgeous! I think Rita over at Red Pepper Quilts did one like that, and I've loved it ever since!!

{ Riel } on: 27 December 2010 at 14:30 said...

I like layout #2. I think it looks the most impressive -- like a very complex time-consuming pattern. It has the most wow-factor I think for a gift.

{ Sally } on: 27 December 2010 at 14:46 said...

Version two without a doubt!

{ Brooke } on: 27 December 2010 at 14:47 said...

I am going to say number 2. I think it looks very pretty. But any of them would be a great quilt ;)

{ Jessica } on: 27 December 2010 at 15:38 said...

2 or 4. looks like so much fun to play with layouts. i should make some hsts without a goal in mind just to play..

{ Diana } on: 27 December 2010 at 17:20 said...

I like the first one best, maybe because it is more unusual than the others. But really, any layout using those beautiful fabrics is sure to be a winner.

{ Elizabeth } on: 27 December 2010 at 17:34 said...

I love option (3) the single diamonds. Definitely caught my eye!

{ felicity } on: 27 December 2010 at 18:10 said...

My vote is for the last layout - I just love the look of HSTs all in a row.

As for the barn raising, maybe think about an off-centre concentric diamond pattern. Cheryl (naptime quilter) used it for her Values quilt.

{ S } on: 27 December 2010 at 18:38 said...

My favourite is the lattice diamonds. The pattern Felicity mentioned is a good one too, it would give it a modern feel. Good luck deciding.

{ Diane } on: 27 December 2010 at 18:43 said...

The first one, zigzag is my favorite.

{ Jenn } on: 27 December 2010 at 18:53 said...

I really do like them all but I'm leaning a bit more toward lattice diamonds.

{ Janice } on: 27 December 2010 at 19:49 said...

I think single diamonds. I love the way the colors work together.

It will be a beautiful quilt.

{ elle } on: 27 December 2010 at 21:18 said...

oye! They all look good. nggghhhh maybe the second, uhm the last. shoot, can you make a couple?

{ Claudia } on: 27 December 2010 at 21:27 said...

#4. I never tire of that arrangement. #1 - I guess I've seen too many zigzag quilts lately to find it interesting.

{ Jennifer } on: 27 December 2010 at 23:35 said...

number 2, the so-called lattice layout, is without doubt my favorite of the choices. and my opinion matters. :P

{ Reed } on: 28 December 2010 at 00:29 said...

zigzag - most relaxing to the eye for some reason

{ MissMary } on: 28 December 2010 at 01:11 said...

number 3. popping but enough consistency that your eye can rest and take in the nuances of the fabric. the first two options are definitely bold, and the last has a frenetic energy, but the third, to me, feels harmonious :-)

{ quilthexle } on: 28 December 2010 at 09:03 said...

When I saw your layouts, I immediately fell for No 2. I like the strong, clear contrast it shows! Will be fun to see what you'll finally decide ;-))

{ P. } on: 28 December 2010 at 09:52 said...

I have to agree with Sarah C. I love the lattice diamonds, but the last one is really appealing too. Wow, so may options from your HSTs! Good luck with your decision!

{ Suzanna } on: 28 December 2010 at 09:54 said...

I think it depends on your friend's taste. To me, the single triangles are very traditional (a little old-fashioned?), the single diamonds are really clean and simple/straight-forward, and the lattice diamonds are more sophisticated and complicated. (I'm afraid the zig-zag feels regimented to me.)
As for my preference, I probably prefer the lattice diamonds, with the simple diamonds a very close second.

{ Cheryl Arkison } on: 28 December 2010 at 12:59 said...

I'm partial to the single triangle for this one. But I must explain my preference. As I'm not a huge fan of solids, the other layouts have too many solids for my personal taste. The last layout breaks up the solids and lets the patterned fabric shine. Only what I would do if this was mine.

{ Debbie } on: 28 December 2010 at 13:56 said...

I did a small Lap quilt with HST and thought I was making it with all the same sized diamonds- this is what I got.

I like this larger diamond in the center.

http://debaeremaeker.blogspot.com/2010/12/some-half-square-triangles.html

for a larger quilt you could have a couple of these larger diamonds with the small ones filling in.

{ sewkatiedid } on: 29 December 2010 at 15:37 said...

flying geese!

{ Tamera } on: 29 December 2010 at 20:37 said...

I really like #2.

{ Grey Cat } on: 2 January 2011 at 07:52 said...

I love layout number two, but then I love the block called Blockade.

http://365quiltblocks.blogspot.com/2009/12/block-51-blockade.html

Most everyone posts this block as a paper-piecing block, which is totally unnecessary if one make a bunch of HSTs.

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