Since I am not at home where I can finish sewing my version of Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay Mystery Quilt, I drew the design in EQ7. This gave me much needed practice with EQ7, and a clear vision of the quilt.
In reading Yahoo Quiltville posts and link-ups, I’ve noticed that there has been some discussion on layouts. One indeed must be careful about positioning the many blocks. It is very easy to turn a block the wrong way.
I’ve only used color here to bring out the design of the quilt. There are many terrific color combinations posted by Orca Bay participants.
The first layout shows Bonnie’s direction; the blue (red for Bonnie’s version) string triangle blocks all point to the light Ohio star blocks.
In both layouts, the orange string blocks follow the diagonal lines of the layout and create a wonderful secondary design element.
The blue string blocks in Layout 2 all point to the dark Ohio stars. This one change creates a dramatic difference in how the quilt looks.
There is no right or wrong; just personal preference. You decide.Addendum: I just discovered that I forgot to turn a couple of orange blocks in Layout 1. Like I said…it is easy to turn a block the wrong way in this quilt. LOL! For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 1, click here. For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 2, click here. For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 3, click here. For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 4, click here.