Brown stars on the quilt frame

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 🙂

About quiltfever

I retired in 2004 and have never missed the 8-5 grind even for a minute. Now I spend my time reading, traveling, quilting and trying to learn new things like Spanish and blogging.
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5 Responses to Brown stars on the quilt frame

  1. A little?? Hummm… maybe a bit more than a little!

  2. Lisa Mason says:

    I don’t think I am even smart enough to follow how you did it, much less try to do that myself. But it looks great, so who cares!!

  3. Definitely crazy. But it’s part of the whole quilt fever thing. I have a quilting buddy. Sometimes he and his wife will go out with my husband and me. Wayne and I try very very very hard not to lapse into “quilt speak” but it happens. Constantly. Which means my husband and his wife go into great eye rolling. So be it…

  4. I like to think I’m organized but I bow to the master!! A spreadsheet to keep track of my pieces??
    It looks absolutely gorgeous so obviously well worth all that effort.

  5. Tiff says:

    That is a great idea! I’m with you about the random — I’m a little too OCD to just throw it together and call it random — so that’s a good way to make sure it’s well distributed and not repeated too much. Awesome!

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