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3 things to consider when arranging quilt blocks

 

This is such a fun post! The six stained glass quilt blocks are done and ready to be arranged into a wall hanging. Auditioning to find the best color of thread is also going to happen too!

Lay out your six quilt blocks on a design wall if you have one, or on a table or floor. Somewhere that you can stand back and take a look. Rearrange to find a look that you find works for you. Sometimes even taking pictures of the blocks helps you find an arrangement that you like best.

Arranging blocks to find a pleasing look for your stained glass wall hanging
Arranging blocks to find a pleasing look for your stained glass wall hanging

 

Try arranging them vertically in a row. This would make a great stained glass wall hanging for a long and narrow wall or perfect for a bed runner or dresser.

Stained glass quilt blocks arranged all in a row.
Stained glass quilt blocks arranged all in a row.

 

Instead of alternating colors of the stained glass blocks, try lining them up in two rows.

Stained glass quilt blocks lined up in two rows by color
Stained glass quilt blocks lined up in two rows by color

 

Once you found an arrangement of blocks you like, it’s time to decide on thread! This is fun as it let’s you enhance your wall hanging. For example, if you chose a white thread, it would really stand out on the purple fabric. While a purple thread would blend into the shades of Northcott’s Stonehenge Gradation Brights in Amethyst but pop on the white fabric.

There’s no reason you can’t do a few different color choices. Keep in mind we’ll be talking about quilting the stained glass wall hanging next and that can have an impact on your thread choices too.

For this quilt, I went with a dark purple thread and a light grey thread in the bobbin.

Choosing threads to quilt the stained glass wall hanging
Choosing threads to quilt the stained glass wall hanging

 

Our stained glass blocks are complete, a block arrangement and thread we like have been decided on, now we’re ready to quilt! Check back to see how we quilt it!

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3:  2 stained glass quilt blocks with a twist

 

I am a quilter who loves quilting outside the box especially when it comes to 3D and embellishments. My work has been published in books and magazines and I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Quilters’ Association. When I am not in my studio, I am working as a Social Media Manager.

5 Comments

  1. Kathy E.

    It’s helpful to me to have someone else look at the block arrangement too. Often, that extra set of eyes may see something I missed, or they can other ideas. Leaving “the scene” and returning a while later with fresh eyes is good too!

    • Oh good one Kathy! You’re so right, letting it rest and coming back to it is a great idea! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Gaetane Ouellet

    Very interesting, i love this block!

  3. Pam

    Thanks for the tip on taking a photo while auditioning blocks. I tried it and it really is revealing!

  4. Carol Fraley

    Interesting

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