|Anders, Bernie and Lars laying out blocks for Lars's quilt|
|Scrappy Drunkard's Path quilt, c. 1910, Michigan, Wonkyworld|
See what happened when I tried this layout with my blocks, made of similar-valued fabrics? The pathway design disappears and it just looks like a mess. So, circles it is! Just as an aside, I should point out that the pathway design would have been a little easier because there aren't as many seams to match when you sew the blocks together, but hopefully my piecing was precise enough that everything will match up nicely for me.
Here's the final layout for this quilt (drumroll, please...):
|Final Layout for our Drunken Dragons quilt|
My exuberant puppy dogs were outside while all this was going on, or I'm sure they would have loved to have helped... :-)
Before I let the dogs in, I carefully picked the blocks up row by row, left to right, and labeled them with sticky notes so I that (hopefully) I won't mess up when I sew all the blocks together. I also printed out an 8" x 10" picture of the layout that I can use as a map, and I'll be checking that frequently throughout the process to make sure I don't get confused. If this was a smaller project, like a lap quilt or baby blanket, I would have laid the blocks out on a flannel sheet on a vertical surface in my studio and then I could have taken the blocks down as I needed them -- easier on my knees, and easier to stay organized, but unfortunately impractical this time around.
I can't wait to get these blocks sewn together so I can move on to layering (yuck), basting (double yuck), and machine quilting (scary-but-exciting, like a roller coaster) this quilt so it can snuggle around my little Lars at night!