Monday, February 17, 2020

Out of Formation

I love participating in QALs and especially enjoy the one that  Cheryl @ Meadowmist Designs hosts each year.  I often put my own twist on them.  This year I both downsized the blocks (more on that in a minute) and changed the layout slightly.

The original layout (minus some of the piece that belong along the edge) looked like this.  While I really like this layout, I still couldn't resist making some changes.  (The fabric colors in  the photo below is more true to color than the other photos.)

But I wanted to play with it a bit and see what happens when some of the stars start to fall out of formation.

My downsized version measures about 27'' x 40''

My method for downsizing any block is simple - look at the finished block size in the pattern and divide it in half and then add 1/2'' to each dimension to get your unfinished size. 

 For example, a square that finished at 4'' is downsized to 2'' for which I would cut a 2 1/2'' square.   Or a flying geese which finishes at 3''x 6''is downsized to be 1 1/2 '' x 3'' finished or 2'' x 3 1/2'' unfinished.   When units get really small, I draw them up in EQ7 and paper piece!

I'll be linking up here.

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. So cool. I love this as well as the original design.

  2. Looks good--love the colors. Just really getting into designing with my EQ8 (I've had it a year and used it just some here and there) so beginning to pay more attention to what specific blocks (like the chain in yours) can do. The whole thing can be overwhelming to me but I gotta start somewhere!

  3. I love your version. The colours and the out of formation part!

  4. I love this little beauty. Thanks for sharing how you downsize.

  5. Can't wait to see how you quilt it. I love the colors you chose and your interpretation of the pattern.

  6. I love your original and unique!

  7. Clever, Patty! You definitely channeled your inner Cheryl, with positive, inspiring results! I am looking forward to seeing the finished quilt! Reading this post motivates me to set my coffee cup down and get my sewing day started! Thanks!


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