My Design Process – Part Two

Using my Accuquilt GO

When I’m ready to start a new project, I’ll start thinking about quilts on my wish list and the GO dies I have. Being able to cut one of my scrap quilts with the GO helps me get to the piecing part a lot quicker.

If you’re used to drafting your own quilts or adapting patterns to meet your needs, this won’t be new to you but I always start by looking at the grid for the block I want to make. In this example, I want to make a quilt using a Shoo Fly block. It’s a 3×3 grid so I know I can easily make it in 3, 6, 9, 12, or even 18 inch sizes using dies I already have.

I’m going to toss out the 3 and 18 inch options as too big or two small and focus on the 6, 9, and 12 inch blocks.

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The block is made up of squares and half square triangles.

Remembering that my block is a 3×3 grid, using the dies for the 2 inch finished square and half square triangle gives me a 6 inch block, the 3 inch finished dies give me a 9 inch block, and the 4 inch dies give me a 12 inch block.

I like making 9 inch blocks for many of my donation quilts because I can set blocks 6×8 and end up with a quit that is 54×72 without borders, a good size. But, 48 nine inch shoo fly blocks would look pretty boring just sitting side by side so in this case, I’d go with a twisted setting and make my Shoo Fly blocks 6 inches.

Wouldn’t this make a fun QOV?

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Other options I could consider are twisting the red and blue blocks in opposite directions, using an alternate block with the Shoo Fly, or sashing the blocks.

And you know me, I wouldn’t just use one red, one blue, one white fabric in my quilt, I’d use many but I don’t usually take the time to make my drawings scrappy.

Since I’m traveling…I used the Touch Draw app on my iPad to make these examples.

4 thoughts on “My Design Process – Part Two

  1. Sue

    Thanks for sharing your process, Mary. I’m not very creative on my own and love having your blog to refer to when I need a new project!

  2. Geri Faivre

    Great quilt for QOV! Good pattern idea also. Happy Mother’s Day! How are your plans coming for the Big Move?

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