Wednesday, January 9, 2013

WIP Arranging the Churn Dashes

Assembling those 30 rectangle and churn dash blocks from the Dash in the Box pattern whizzed by in a flash.  Now I need to artistically and randomly place the blocks, then rotate them for the quilt top assembly.  I tried several approaches for placement.  Here are the options that occurred to me to investigate.
  1. Alternating the backgrounds between hot and cool colors
  2. Putting the highest contrast blocks in the center
  3. Arranging blocks in rainbow spectrum order diagonally
I like to play in Power Point for my assemblies. I can move groups of blocks at a time, rotate groups at a time and preserve the images for comparison side by side.  Once I have a general idea I then put the blocks in my favorite configuration on my design wall and do tweaks since the colors are always a bit different in real life than on the computer.  Here are the block pix rearranged in several configurations along with the pros and cons.  The options all look very similar but I still sweat the details.

I started with alternating the hot colored and cool colored backgrounds to maybe get a checkerboard effect.  I soon realized it is not hue variation, but rather intensity variation that I need to get a checkerboard.  But I have a hard time seeing past the color.  This looks rather random (good for the right brain) but not very checkerboardy. Besides I want to focus on the inset patterns and not on the backgrounds.

A

Next I tried to ignore color and put the highest contrast blocks in the center.  I like this overall effect but have to work at it more to not have so many matchy-matchy backgrounds adjacent to each other. This configuration is a serious contender and does support my intention to "give the right brain a turn". I have not looked at it with rotated blocks, yet.

B

Then I had to give in to order and at least see what the outcome would be by arranging the blocks in color spectrum sequence.  First I tried putting red and purple in opposite corners since I had the most of them.  This would leave room across a diagonal for a yellow-to-green-to-blue transition. But having the not-so-striking green blocks in the center did not grab me. I thought it actually looked like a muddy trail from kids taking a shortcut across somebody's backyard.

C

Then I tried putting red and purple in a diagonal band across the center since I had the most of them and I find the red and purple blocks the most striking.  This also divides and dilutes the not-so-striking green blocks by relegating them to the two corners. Matching backgrounds are not adjacent but they do touch diagonally.

D

I found arrangement D pleasing enough to try rotating the blocks and this is what it looks like.

E
I am going to mull it over some more.  But I think it is a contest between B and D, both with rotated blocks and some tweaks in block placement.  I welcome any opinions and musings on the topic.  One blogger once said that we should post on process and not as much on product and so there you have it.  My thought processes.  I would like to hear yours.

As for naming this quilt, my daughter said the churn dashes remind her of the number sign "#".  She suggested "Rainbow by the Numbers".  This may be appropriate if I go with Option D.  To me it kind of looks like those football diagrams with  O's, X's, arrows and lines of defense where the blocks are a playing field.  Maybe I will name it "Thirty Yard Dash" or "Color Play of the Day". A quilt name, like your child's nickname, has to just happen. You can't force it.

And now for my work in progress stats...

Completed projects:  
  1. Actually none, zippo, nada
Ongoing projects:  
  1. This post's multicolored Churn-Dashish quilt
  2. Doll quilt - awaiting binding and a goal for this week
  3. Grinch quilt - on design wall for assembly and creative sashing solution
New projects:  
  1. Actually none, zippo, nada
Stats since last WIP 1/2/13:
     Completed  projects - 0
     New projects - 0 
     Currently in progress - 3, listing others does not mean they are in progress! 
     Those in closet - many enumerated in earlier posts and not repeated here

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26 comments:

  1. Ooh I think I like Option B best! It's so fun to try out different layouts isn't it?

    No suggestion on the name - I find that a hard one!

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    1. Thanks for your comment. You are my first voter.
      Score: B-1

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  2. Red purple center. D! I'm personally not too sure about the rotations. I'd have to leave it for a few days and then come back to it to be sure. I can't name anything.

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog and voting.
      Score B-1, D-1

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  3. My favorite layout is option B. I love playing with different layouts! I have never thought to do it on the computer though... I love moving the fabrics around on the floor or design wall. I can't wait to see which layout you choose! Sorry I have no suggestions for names, my husband usually names my quilts!

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    1. Thanks for commenting. I find it amusing your husband names your quilts. It is fun when they take an interest in your craft. The layout vote stands at B-2, D-1.

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  4. I really like this! What a good idea to use Power Point as a design wall!

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    1. Yes, the nerd in me loves Power Point. The sit-on-my-butt part of me reinforces it! Thanks for visiting.

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  5. I really like option D best, but they are all nice. It's hard to choose.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and voting. Score so far is a tie B-2, D-2.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and voting. You are my first option C. Score so far is a tie B-2, C-1, D-2.

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  7. Im voting for D :) I am stopping from the WIP hop, I would love to have you drop by my post: http://domesticdeficitdisorder.blogspot.com/2013/01/its-wednesday-wip.html

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    1. Yes, I will visit your blog. Thanks for visiting mine and voting. Score so far is B-2, C-1, D-3.

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  8. I like your D option...but any of them would be great! Very good idea to use a power point as a design wall...especially if you don't have one!!!

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    1. Yes, I love Power Point. Thanks for your comment and vote. FYI Score so far is B-2, C-1, D-4.

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  9. I'm voting D. They are all very nice and none would be wrong, but still like D the best.

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    1. Thank you for you interest and vote. FYI Score so far is B-2, C-1, D-5.

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  10. I'm voting for D. Whichever you choose, it's going to look great!

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog and complimenting. FYI Score so far is B-2, C-1, D-6. And like "The Road Not Taken" poem, once assembled the other option will be history!

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  11. Either D or E for me - to be honest I don't really take in the fact that the blocks are rotated - it's more about the colour.

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog and voting. Since E is just a rotated D, I will assign your vote as D rather than counting half votes.
      FYI Score so far is B-2, C-1, D-7.

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  12. I like the value and color arrangement of D. It is more pleasing to my eyes. I also like the way you rotated the blocks in E.

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    1. Thank you for your vote and for visiting. Tonight I am going to move around the physical blocks and look at it in the light in the morning. You are with the majority, raising the current vote count to B-2, C-1, D-8.

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  13. I really like D :) What a great idea!

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  14. Thanks for your input. You have raise the count to B-2, C-1, D-9.

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