Friday, January 4, 2013

Easy Peasy Easy Street Progress

If you listen closely, you can hear sewing machines humming this week, all around the people piece together Bonnie Hunter's latest mystery quilt, Easy Street.  

My version is a Christmas fabrics quilt and I have had such fun with these squares - moving them around, mixing them up.  Here's the latest version on my design wall:
Here are the changes I've made (so far):

(1) I decided to skip the on-point version and make it a straight setting, with 5 blocks across and 5 blocks down.  I did this because I like the on-point look, and with this quilt, it looks on-point when it is done with straight rows.  Also, I wanted to make the quilt a little smaller, and when it is done in 5x5 blocks, before a border is added, it is 75"x 75".  Plus that also meant I could then skip Step 7 (setting triangles and corners) completely, always a good thing.  Bonnie's layout before borders is bigger (84" x 84").

(2) I changed block A center to give it a square within a square look.  Before the reveal came out, I was playing with the squares, and I liked this look, and decided to use it.

(3) I used the piece Bonnie calls a fat turkey in Block B instead of in Block A.  Since I had already changed block A, and had the fat turkeys to use, I put them into block B.

(4) I added some peppermint candy fabric into the white spaces, as my neutral in the mystery was all the same white fabric, and I thought there was too much white without adding something there.  

(5) Now I am playing with the four patches, to decide whether I like the "X" design throughout the quilt to be more subtle as on left side, or more bold, as on the right side.

So after all these changes, it doesn't look very much like the other Easy Street quilts, but I am having a great time with it.

Do you like the four patches layout on the left side of the picture, or the right? 

I also play around with changing the center 3" square in all the blocks.  Here's another picture with candy cane centers:

So I'm ready for Design Wall Monday, as I have my entire design wall filled with this mystery quilt, which I've named "Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy".