My brown star quilt is finally on the quilt frame. It has been a long journey, starting in July 2009. Although I’m not a master quilter, this is a part of the process I really enjoy. The repetitiveness is meditation to me.
I was remembering the very beginning yesterday as I was quilting. I have mentioned before that I am not good at random and because this quilt has over 600 individual diamonds I needed a placement method. (Before you read any further, my friend Carol says I’m insane.) I devised the spreadsheet above as an aid. My 34 fabrics were grouped by dark, medium or light down the left column–naming them things like curlique, dark rice, geometric, triangles, etc. I had a numbering scheme 1-9 for the pieces in each unit. It took 3 sheets for the whole quilt and in the end, I had to rearrange the units visually–not strictly according to the spreadsheets. But at least it helped get a good distribution of the fabrics as I could look across the horizontal rows to see how many times I had used each one. The table shows a lay-out of six units. Each unit was labeled by an alpha/numeric (because I had three sheets) so this photo might have been A1 through F1. Under A1, I numbered the fabrics according to placement in the 9-diamond unit. OK, maybe I am just a little crazy 🙂