As the pinwheels are done another couple problems pops up. How many do I really need?? How am I going to lay them out???? Since this quilt really isn't from a pattern (although I've been influenced from the traditional pinwheel quilts I've seen) I guess I am Queen of My Universe and I can decide how I want. Its good to be Queen. (grin)
Now how does one - even a queen - decide on a layout. For me, since I'm one of those, as Cynthia Corbin told me, "Paper Quilters", I like to draw it out. Yes I took my pencil set and some scrap graph paper (don't all quilters have scrap graph paper?!?!) and I sat one evening to make value sketches. Over the last year, Elizabeth Barton's great blog has totally convinced me of the "value" of this step (okay I'm a better quilter than a pun maker!) So now I routinely make them no matter if its a traditional or an art quilt.
Anyways, I came up with 4 sketches and I was anxious to test at least one of them out. I took all the pinwheels I've made so far, the sketch I wanted to test first and a bunch of pins. It took me an hour but I got them up somewhat in the value they need to be in. Looking at the layout, pointed out two things to me - 1 - I'm only half way done with this quilt - sighhhhhhhhhhh and 2 - if I use this layout (and that's if ) I would want the scoop of the light colors to go way further into the quilt. Here they look like an after thought.
So its back to the pinwheels for me - I still have to stitch up the last of the blades and then the process starts all over. Since the laid out wheels only measured 45" by 60" , I still have a long ways to go for a full size quilt. My gosh - do you know how many trapezoids that is?