Thursday, April 19, 2007

Opinion

My next quilt to work on will be Plain Spoken (pattern in "The Modern Quilt Workshop" by Bill Kerr & Weeks Ringle) This is a picture from the book.
plain spoken in the book
I shared my fabrics earlier...

My question is on construction...

The directions have you cut small and large rectangles then assemble them together randomly...
I have about 16 half yards, that I have split into fat quarters (I am more accurate with cutting fat quarters than half yards) so I have 32 fat quarters.

Do you think that I will have enough randomness if I strip piece, rather that cutting individual pieces? (I think so, I am just bouncing ideas for verification sake...)

13 comments:

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I think strip piecing would work fine. You can always turn identical strips in opposite directions for variety. And once the strips are separated in a design like this, one tends not to see the repetition.

McIrish Annie said...

You know what I think. I'm a stripper when ever possible!!

Can't believe you finished your Zipper!! Can't wait to see it. Do you ever sleep???

Mama Koch said...

CUTE! I'm not going to tell you how to do it, but I'll tell you it's gonna be BEAUTIFUL!

Cute pattern! Yes, I wanna hear the answer to that question....do you ever sleep???

Rian said...

Susan is absolutely right.

But...

It depends on how much of a perfectionist you are and what you are going to do with the finished product. Baby quilt? Yes. Bed or wall quilt? Uh-uh. I wouldn't.

Considering the [gorgeous!] prints you chose, I would use the design wall to arrange them and rearrange them to get just the right vibration. But I'm a perfectionist. Besides, rearranging fabrics is endless fun. It's not that much more time.

It will be easy enough to strip-sew them.

Great pattern, BTW. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Mary said...

I'd definitely strip piece them.

Dianne said...

I'd strip piece them, Amy, but I'd control for maximum variation by mixing up my strips as much as possible. As long as the strips aren't really long, you can keep mixing and matching strips, and you'll get lots of variation.

Can't wait to see it!

swooze said...

Go look at Marys blog. She posted here too. She has chinese coins and I think she did what you plan to do. You may have to create a variety of strips sets but I think you can control it.

Marisa said...

This is a very cool quilt. I think that you will be OK for variety. What cool colors. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Juliann said...

I would definately strip piece - but then I am not so good at sticking to the pattern either

cher said...

count on me to be the first to say, I would cut separately- in fact I have lots of rectangles already cut- I enjoyed looking at that book a while back at our bookstore-Powells...I am sure you are going to have fun making it Amy

Rhonda said...

I think strip piecing would be much easier and you will still be able to watch for placement to that the same color doesn't wind up too close together.

Nancy said...

I'd strip piece. I'm betting nobody will notice. And if they do and have the bad manners to comment on it well the PHFFFFTTTTT to them!

Shelina said...

I would strip piece this. Why do things the hard way when you don't have to? With fat quarters, I think you will wind up with the same variety as you would if you did them individually. With quarter yards, you might have some duplicates, but with the number of different fabric you have, there is no way it will be noticeable.

When we were doing the BOM with Beth Ferrier, she told us to do a nine patch using squares. She said that it was better for the grains to be more random rather than all in the same order, or some such thing. I still strip pieced mine.