Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Scraptastic Stars Layout???

So I almost have two more of my Scraptastic Star Blocks done which I will be sharing soon.  But with the blocks winding down, I realized I need to decide on a layout!!!   So I sat down yesterday and stared playing with EQ8 .    And playing in EQ8 is so fun and easy, but now the only problem is, I can't decide!!   So do you think you could help a girl out here and let me know in the comments which you like the best???

Option A is where I started with just a nice, plain black sashing.


And then I decided I wanted to keep the chain going.   So Option B is a Black sashing with some White squares added in to finish the "chain" look.  



And then I wondered what it would look like with that same idea but adding cornerstones.  So Option C is a Black sashing with the chain squares as well as some White cornerstones.

And then I really got into the whole chain idea, and added in a lot more piecing.   So Option D is a larger Black sashing with some White and Black Nine Patches added in to totally finish the "chain" look.   


 And the of course, there is always that point where you circle back around and wonder if you should just keep it simple.  So Option E is just taking it back to a plain White Sashing.

So what do you think???   Which finishing style do you like best???  


Also, another question.  Last time I posted my blocks, I had questions emailed me if I could teach this as a class or if I would make it into a full pattern with size options.  So now I am curious??  Would you like to see this as a full on Happy Quilting Pattern with the alterations to the original free pattern and size options and finishing instructions??

So ya, know you have two opinions to weigh in on ;)

Oh, and one last thing.  Speaking of Patterns . . . I am celebrating turning 40 with a  40% off Pattern Sale!!!  The sale will go until Friday and I have also added Printed HARD COPY PATTERNS in my shop.  So if you see a quilt you want to make but can't be in class because you are far away, now is the time to pick up the pattern for it ;)

  

Thanks for your help today and I hope you all are having a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!
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54 comments:

  1. Oh, so many choices! My favorites are B and D.

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  2. I love option C for the quilt! I think the last option is too much black and overpowers the stars. But the single row of black allows the colors to pop!

    I would LOVE a pattern and would totally buy it as soon as it was released!

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    1. I'm curious, when do you plan on doing your quilt-a-long? I want to make sure I leave time in my schedule to participate :)

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    2. It's Coming Soon!!!! I am just finishing the design and working on getting all of the sponsorship set-up. It will probably go Sept-Nov ;) And we are doing a Medallion Quilt!!!

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  3. I like B because it seems the white pieces just pop a lot more.

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  4. Option B, although I like D, too.

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  5. I like D the best. It brings out the white in the lighter blocks and creates more definition.

    Caryn
    caspharm@yahoo.com

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  6. I can see how you have a difficult decision to make. I like option B because it is more simple. I really like option D also, but I think it's a bit busy with all the white in the outer borders. Maybe eliminate the 9-patches in the outer borders? Good luck with your decision!

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  7. My favorite is C--the white cornerstones make it sparkle!

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  8. I like C and E. Both are nice with the white touches.
    this is going to be a beautiful quilt! It is so cool that you have this program to make previews.

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  9. That was really fun to think about....thanks for sharing!
    Interestingly I like option B the best since I find the cornerstones of C to be visually distracting.
    I thought I would really like D as I was thinking "what if you added another sashing with a 9 patch connection", but was surprised to find that I didn't like it as much as B.
    But all of the ideas are fabulous, including the simple white sashing, so you can't go wrong!

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  10. I just love option D, it was a no-brainer. It just jumped off the page at me.

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  11. I think I like d best, except maybe that outside round would be a... six patch instead of the full 9. Hm. I like B a lot as well.

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  12. I absolutely love Option D ... It's a winner. I would love that pattern any which way it comes. Great pattern. Great Options!! You win!! I win if I can get the pattern. Thank you so much for sharing some super ideas!!

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  13. My favorite is D and then C and then B. The black really makes the color pop.

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  14. D is the one for me. You are so talented, Melissa.

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  15. I like Option B. I also like D, but for all the extra work, I don't like it extra better -- lol. Anyway you finish it will be wonderful. Can't wait to see the reveal. And Happy 40th!

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  16. I like D and B. The others are fine but nothing special...a little boring.

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  17. I like D the best I think. I would love to do the class with all of that involved.

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  18. B is my favorite and D is my second choice. Both of them are quite beautiful. Happy 40th birthday.

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  19. I like "D". A bit more work but worth it!!! Thank you for showing what a color change will create.

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  20. My favorite is option D, love the chain, but the black cross is really bold between the blocks. I'd be interested to see what happens if you do something with the sashing like using a black-white-black strip between the 9 patches to break up that big black cross so the focus is on the stars. Makes me wish for EQ so I could play with your pattern, too.

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  21. option B: I love the chain it creates, but it isn't too busy. Hugs, H

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  22. Thanks for the great layouts for that lovely quilt. B is my favorite. Let us know if you offer the pattern and quilt along!!

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  23. I like C that balances the blocks but is enhanced by cornerstones as well as other bits of white.

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  24. I love D looks like shining stars

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  25. I love option B with the continuous chain. So clever!

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  26. Hi,Melissa, Happy 40th! I really like option D but think it would be great on point for an even more stunning look. However, you choose to do your pattern would be great! Thank you for sharing your pattern and birthday with us!!

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  27. I like option B as well. The colors and the whites just seem to stand out better.

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  28. I like B and C and would love to have the pattern with different sizes and layout options. I would buy the pattern

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  29. Option E. Because I’m not crazy about black.

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  30. I like C. It reminds me of a clear, dark, stary night. It almost sparkles.

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  31. The white sashing just doesn't let the colors pop. I like B, C, or D.

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  32. I would switch the star blocks around.
    In the first row, I would switch the red and the green. Put the yellow where the orange is.
    Switch the purple and the dark yellow.
    I like the light sashing:)

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  33. I vote for option B. I like chains and stars. For me A and E are kind of standard, C is too busy taking attention away from chain, and in D the black crosses take attention away from chain.

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa