It happens a lot. I mean A LOT. Several ladies that bring me quilts make the same quilt over and over and over. And let me start by saying there's nothing wrong with that! I'm not complaining if that's what you're thinking...
What I'm trying to say is many people have their go-to pattern. And then they make it several times but maybe in different colors or similar-almost fabrics. You know what I'm talking about - the quilts you make for grandkids or siblings that want the same thing as everyone else, but theirs has to be better than everyone else's at the same time... God forbid you put a snazzy border on so-and-so's quilt when you didn't on this one...
I LOVE getting quilts like this for a few different reasons:
1) I'm already familiar with the quilt and how it's been constructed.
2) Since I'm familiar with it, I've already thought over different ideas on how to quilt it before
3) And finally I'm familiar with it, I've thought it over AND I've already worked my way through the quilt. That way I already know what former ideas would and would not work and why.
That's why these quilts are duplicate but different. Make it the same, but not the same. Similar yet unique. This challenges me creatively and I love it.
this post and this post. It's more similar to the first post trying to emphasize the flowers... But rather than several different colors, this version used a monochromatic-ish color scheme.
Each of the blocks were created improv style so nothing is the same. With the dahlia pattern in the center, it's easily stretchable to fit the uneven spaces and still gives a finished and completed look.
To try and quilt these blocks as easily as possible in the space I could (they're quite large and I didn't want to stretch too far), I split the blocks in half and figured out where to start and which direction to go in for each half. If you look at my doodle, the 'X' marks the start position and then I just follow the arrows. First I outlined the block to mark the 1/4" line (it can be tricky to visualize on some sharp angles). Then I quilted half of the dahlia in the center of the flower before I could finally fill in the flower petals. This little doodle helped me to see which direction the curve should be in for each petal and kept me on track.
I prop up the Magna Doodle right in my line of sight behind the machine so I can always glance up and check my notes if need be. Some other quilters use a tablet or a dry-erase board. I like the Magna Doodle for the no mess part, but sometimes I wish it were a bit bigger. It depends on the quilt I'm working on and how many details I need to jot down.