The only sewing I've done on this quilt to date is sewing the star points onto the sashing. I rarely cut all the blocks for a quilt at the same time but this quilt seemed to need it.
Whenever I make a quilt I often have this running discussion with myself about symmetry and size. Do you want the pattern to be symmetrical or is the size of the quilt more important?
The way this quilt is laid out, above, it is not symmetrical. The first row of three stars shifts left, the second row shifts right, the third row, left, etc. I have to decide whether I can live with the out-of-balance arrangement because the size, 69½" x 84½" (before quilting, washing, and drying), will be better: a decent size for a twin bed or a nap.
Or is the symmetry more important? Three stars in the first row, two in the second, three in the third, etc. If so, I would remove the right and bottom rows and have a quilt top that measures 60" x 74" (before quilting, washing, and drying). Not quite bed size and definitely not long enough for tall people who want to tuck the quilt under their feet for a good nap. (Doesn't everyone tuck a quilt under and around their feet?)
To add to the decision about size, there's the consideration of how much shrinkage there will be after a quilt's been washed and dried. In some quilts I've lost 6" in both directions! That's a lot to lose.
Sizes of quilts has been of ongoing interest to me. From several quilting books (both modern and vintage quilts) and my own quilts, I noted size ranges of finished quilts.
I often look at these sizes when deciding how big to make a quilt. I find it
hard to tell when unstitched pieces are laying on the floor.
I tell myself that when a quilt is on a bed, or wrapped around a person, or folded on a shelf, no one notices whether it's symmetrical. It's only when a quilt is hung for show or photographed on a floor that we notice whether the pattern of a quilt is symmetrical. I think this quilt stays as it is. (Unless I decide it should be larger.)
What do you do? If you can't have both, do you choose symmetry or size?
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