As I prepare for the Star Kissed Quiltalong, I thought to share a few thoughts on scale.
It is amazing how the same quilt made with different size pieces changes appearance. Yes, the block pattern remains the same, but the quilt will feels different.
What size is right? The size that YOU are happy with. Yes, I tend to use very small pieces (or small to some people, at least) but that doesn’t mean I am a better-worse-or-otherwise quilter than you are. It is just that small pieces are my preference.
Husband observed early in my quilting history that the sizes seemed to get smaller as my stress level rose. Hmmm…he might have something there.
Anyway, let’s take a look at scale.
Here are squares: 1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″.
Turn those into 4-patches (think the corner accents in the blocks) and they are 2-1/2″, 3-1/2″ and 4-1/2″ square.
When you get to 25-patches, they are 5-1/2″, 8″, and 10-1/2″.
A single block center based on 2-1/2″ squares is the same size as the entire block made with (crazy lady) 1-1/4″ squares.
Hmmm….think on that for a while and I’ll be back soon with more information.