Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Considering Proportion

Before I make too many 4-patch blocks I thought I should consider proportions of the center divides (is there some other name for them?) in the 4-patches. The circle blocks and the 4-patch+divides are cut at 5" and will finish at 4 1/2" after sewn into a quilt.  I will sew red squares with green divides for the rest of the blocks.  (The blocks with red and brown and green squares with red divide were experiments.) 

Left to right finished sizes of divides:  1/2", 3/4", and 1".

These are the 3 variations with the alternating circle blocks.

Hmmm.  Maybe the 1" is too wide: it's more than half the width of one of the red patches.

I was trying to make this easy on myself but maybe I can't, unless I change the finished block size.

Possible combinations of sizes after block is sewn together & before sewn with circle blocks:
2 1/2" + 1" + 2 1/2" = 5"  (Too narrow or okay?)
2 1/2" + 1 1/4" + 2 1/2" = 5 1/4"  (Proportion is okay?)
2 1/4" + 1 1/2" + 2 1/4" = 5"  (Divide is too big?)

And I thought this would be easy!  I think I've made it hard by randomly choosing a 5" square and the difficulty's come up because the 4-patch blocks were an afterthought.

What do you do when you come upon a situation like this when creating a  quilt?



  1. Oye! You think like I do and it makes my head hurt. LOL. I've literally been staring at these for 30 minutes. :)I think the wide sashing is too wide for the 4 patches. I'm leaning towards the narrow sashing, but the 3/4" would work too. Could you use a 9 patch instead of a 4 patch? Never mind. That wouldn't work with 5" blocks. I'm thinking out loud here...so much for designing a simple project, huh?

  2. Personally I think I would mix it up! Make some narrow and make some wider, then there would be more interest.:) Love your project!


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