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Need Opinions!

Charming Flowers One Block

I have quilt blocks, but now I need to figure out what to do with them!  So, commenters to the rescue, right?

I made this set of blocks mostly out of the Big Box of Free Fabrics (love them!) and using this book:  Simply Charming

Simply Charming

I bought the book specifically for this pattern, although it’s fairly easy to figure out on one’s own, and I’m hoping to make Simply Twisted from the same book at some time just because.  But the box of fabric inspired me to do this Charming Flowers.

I’m to the point where I need to make a decision though, and I’m indecisive.  Important note:  I have no plans for this quilt.  Considering giving it away as a baby quilt, BUT I have ended up really liking it so maybe it can be a House Quilt for me!  (would thus want lap size most likely).

The Options (blocks aren’t in any specific order in my example pictures – just thrown up there to check things out):

A)  Make it as originally designed in the book, with a straight set and borders.  Final size = 52.5″ x 70.5″.

 Charming Flowers Straight Set

B)  Put it on the diagonal and make it smaller.  I would have 6 extra blocks I could put on the back or do whatever with.  Oh, and the triangles on the ends would of course be green.

 According to my handy-dandy Taking The Math Out of Making Patchwork Quilts (which every quilter should have – great book!), putting it in this 3 x 4 setting would result in a quilt sized 38.25″ x 51″.  I’d most likely add a 1″ inner pink border and maybe a 4″ outer green border, so let’s call it 48.25″ x 61″.

Charming Flowers Small Diagonal

C) Put in on the diagonal and make it bigger.  I would need to make 8 more blocks to do this.  According to Taking the Math Out, this 4 x 5 setting  would give a 51″ x 63.75″ quilt, so with borders lets call it 61″ x 73.75″.

 Charming Flowers Large Diagonal

This picture of course is not accurate since it’s missing 8 blocks – mentally add another 3-flower row and another 4-flower row to the bottom.  And if choosing this option, what do you think?  Add more light pink and medium pink flowers?  or some purple ones too?

By the way, non-quilters can give an opinion too!  I know you’re out there and you can tell me too what you like best!



7 Responses

  1. I like option 2. I like the top row of three better than the row of four – the odd is more striking than even. And I was surprised at first to see the flowers in a diagonal and I liked that element of surprise.

    • Thanks for the opinion! I am definitely going on-point. I almost *always* prefer a diagonal setting to a straight set. I see what you mean about the 3 on the top across looking better, but I’m not completely sold on the resulting size yet.

  2. I definitely would put it on the diagonal, it gives the feeling of motion, almost making the flowers pinwheel-y. I think you could go either way on size.

  3. I like option 1! Nice to find another Texas quilter 🙂

  4. If I’m not to late, I like the diagonal for sure.

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