February 09, 2011

18 or 20

You know it's funny I think most teenagers want to hurry up and be 18, but then when they get there they discover they really want to be 21, and of course after that we all wish to say in our twenties - except somehow keep all we've learned...  But that's not what this post is all about.

18" Spacing
Instead I'm following up on yesterdays post about the Blue Dresden Plates.  DH and I laid out a rough measurement of what the 18" will look like sewed together as well as what the 20" background pieces will look like.  What do you think?  Like one over the other? Now keep in mind we only centered these to show the space between and didn't actually line up the plates precisely North, South, East, and West, as I will when I start appliqueing the plates to their backgrounds.

20" Spacing
I'm planning to quilt at least one pointy echo outside of each Dresden Plate - by the looks of it I'm thinking an offset of 1" to 1.5" and for that I think the larger 20" squares will work better as it will guarantee enough space around each plate to make at least one if not two sets of echos.  Now with the large background size that will mean I will need to do something on the intersections of each block - most likely a quilting motif.

So pop me a note and let me know, what do you think?  The nice big space?  Or the traditional closer space?


Heather Landry said...

I like the closer spacing personally! I don't know what it is but it just looks right to me. LOL Not that I'm a quilter or anything!

stitchinpenny said...

sorry that I missed you yesterdy. I hope Tiny is better. I think the 20 inch squares look great. Kepp on it, it is great.

QuiltSue said...

I definitely prefer the 20" spacing. I think it gives the plates more chance to stand out on their own. It also gives the room to do some nice quilting inbetween.

Vicki said...

I'm also in favour of the 20" spacing since this will give you the space for some nice echo quilting without it getting too crowded.