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So many layouts....

I am dithering over another sample for Houston. For quite a while I have added to these blocks from time to time. I always demonstrate the technique in these hot colours, and the blocks have built up.

The class is called Shimmering Triangles, and you make very quick triangle sets, turn them into one of a dozen possible blocks that shimmer, and then place the blocks in the colour order you choose.

Any block that emulates, even vaguely, a half square triangle, can be placed in any of the log cabin layouts. for days I have been turning and changing blocks downstairs and trying to work out how I might sew this piece together. I will not quilt it as tops are lighter to carry - but I would like to stitch it before I go.

So here are the choices.

The simple, all pointing the same way, option.


I was turning alternate rows and while it is not my favourite, I thought the hooks looked quite interesting.


This is the log cabin layout usually called Barn Raising.


Zigzags - I am leaning this way at the moment.


Alternating light/dark squares on point. I have another sample in this setting, with a different block so do not think I will use it - but I do like this look.


Another possibility - Zigzags with an occasional square.


There is one other option. I have not tried it yet but I will try the zigzags with some huge flower blocks tucked in here and there - they are also oranges and reds. You will have to wait for this one as I am off to teach a class!

Please tell me if you have a favourite.

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Reader Comments (31)

I like the zigzag with the occasional square, or the hooks. I like the 'interest' they create.

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosemary

Jenny, The layout that shimmers the most is the first one. Because the direction is changed in the others, they seem to break the shimmer effect, and you get distracted.

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I like the 5th one down followed by the 2nd.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol in NZ

The zigzag with the occasional square looks great.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJane MacDermott

For design, I love the alternating light /dark squares, but for simply enjoying the play and movement of colour, I love the first one. :)It really does shimmer.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindi

zigzag with the occasional square, although the barn raising is really eye catching too. beautiful!

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTonya R

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