After finishing my seventh group of Stashbuster Square Dance blocks for the 2020 Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I decided it was a good time to play with some layout ideas for my blocks. I had worked up a couple of designs on the computer early in the year, and now I can look at them with actual blocks too.
My original plan was to run the blocks in horizontal zigzag rows, working my way through our slightly different version of the rainbow. Setting the blocks 16 across and using each color combination twice would yield a quilt that measures 64" x 80".
I could also easily make the hills and valleys of my zigzags deeper as in this version.
It was time to play with these ideas using actual blocks. I could only do half of the rainbow because there are gaps in other places for colors that haven't been called yet. My examples include light green, medium-darker green, teal/turquoise, light blue, medium-dark blue, and purple. This version is only 8 blocks across and is the layout shown in the first computer design.
For my next attempt, I went with a more random layout. I don't have to go up and down the same number of blocks every time, which might be a little more interesting. This version, running from left to right, goes down 3, then up 2, then down 3 again.
I'm looking forward to getting the rest of the colors added to this collection. Then I will really be able to play with all sorts of layout ideas. Who knows which one will be the final choice!
Julie in GA