DQS14 Testing Results

by Nicole

Deciding on a quilt design is often one of the most challenging parts of a project for me. The project for the Doll Quilt Swap 14 (DQS14) has been no different.

I started with an idea, inspired by a quilt I saw in Quilt Grandeur by Kaffe Fassett. I miniaturized the pattern and tested a block. I came up with this.


I liked it, but I wanted to try something that involved piecing the fan and the background, rather than appliqueing it onto the background.

I then tried a block from Quilts with a Spin by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins.


Again, I like how it turned out, but figured that with the deadline quickly approaching, I should go with something that has fewer teeny tiny pieces.

So then I did some playing around in EQ7 and came up with this.


When I finished the fan, I knew that this was it! I like the long, narrow wedges. Plus, the fan doesn’t have too many pieces and shouldn’t be too difficult to sew to the background.

The third time’s a charm, right?!?

I’m hoping my partner will agree.

Now for the rest of the rainbow…

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DaisyLiz January 18, 2014 - 3:35 am

Those are pretty cool! What's that yellow fabric with the stitches/laces/viney pattern on it?

Patchwork and Play January 18, 2014 - 4:26 am

I love seeing the process you have gone through to arrive at the final design! Lovely!

Carla January 18, 2014 - 4:52 am

A lovely start Nicole. Enjoy the process.

Coser Tejer Crear January 18, 2014 - 8:28 am

Nicole! I do hope Im your partner! It looks beautiful!!!!

Katy Cameron January 18, 2014 - 8:40 am

I love the background fabric you used in the first one, I hope the final one ends up on this too :o)

Megan January 18, 2014 - 9:03 am

I always really enjoy glimpses of someone's process. Your fan looks lovely.

Suzanne January 18, 2014 - 1:10 pm

I am a big fan of process posts. Thanks for sharing your thought process and blocks. Your trials are pretty neat and the final will be as well.

Yvonne Campbell January 18, 2014 - 3:00 pm

I love that block. I can't wait to see the final piece.

LethargicLass January 18, 2014 - 3:58 pm

All three are great, but I agree that the third block is a winner 🙂

Heidi Staples January 18, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Wow, Nicole, these are gorgeous! I love them all!!

Donna January 18, 2014 - 5:52 pm

I'm a fan of your fan. And I especially like seeing the process. Good going, Nicole!

regan January 18, 2014 - 7:00 pm

I really like all three versions! You're making me think I should get busy drafting some paper pieced fans! I think using all 3 versions and maybe more, in one quilt, would be awesome! Yet another project for the list! Oy! lol

pandchintz January 18, 2014 - 11:48 pm

They all look good, but yes, I like the last one best too. Can't wait to see the whole rainbow.

Ginny January 19, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Loving this! Thanks for showing the process, I always find that so interesting. It seems I spend forever thinking about the project and pulling fabric and deciding before ever getting to stitching and finally a finish that I like. I always wonder if others do to 🙂

CityHouseStudio January 20, 2014 - 2:08 pm

This is awesome, I just love it!!!

Rx for Quilting January 20, 2014 - 11:57 pm

ooh I love the final result. that is going to be really cute in rainbow colors. can't wait to see the final product.

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