Fan Quilt Layout

Do you remember those tile puzzles where you had to slide the tiles around to make a picture?

Or put the numbers in order.

Arranging quilt blocks can be a lot like those puzzles…but in my case I have 156 squares not 16.

Here is how the quilt top was arranged when I got it.

I did not want to copy anyone elses arrangement.  The point of re-arranging the blocks on this top was to make it my own interpretation, so I didn’t look at pictures on-line or in books, there are hundreds of pictures out there for inspiration but it is too tempting to copy.

I recently finished another vintage fan quilt and I liked the arrangement of blocks I came up with for it.

But I wanted something different…. So I did a few doodles of different ideas, but I needed to see the actual blocks in place. (which is where the puzzle feeling come in to play) Here is one of the arrangements that I really liked

The only problem with this one is that I had 12 blocks leftover, should I try to add them in ?  It might ruin the pattern.  I slept on it and this morning I rearranged the blocks to this

This one uses all the blocks and will finish at 78″ x 84.5″  and I might add a border to make it a bit larger.  I am happy with the layout and I will spend some time now rearranging some of the blocks to distribute the colors a bit better but this is basically how I plan to set the blocks.  I cant wait to see them all sewn together!

Happy Quilting


32 thoughts on “Fan Quilt Layout

  1. Kristen says:

    Oh Tim, that arrangement is brilliant! You are the Quilt Design Star, no contest, no need for excruciating TV episodes! That is going to be beautiful.

  2. I love what you ended up with. My red & white fan quilt is more like the first arrangement. (And I totally love the fan quilt with the solid borders around the fans…I might have to make one of those!)

  3. Nelda says:

    Your new design looks amazing…very 3 dimensional and wonderful. However I also love the original design because it looks like a bunch of little fans…I’m sort of old fashioned I guess.

  4. Dolores says:

    Both ways turned out very nice and ‘modern’ and I even like the original. I guess I just really like fan blocks. Whoever made them gave you a great starting point.

  5. audrey says:

    All I can say is WoW!

  6. Haley says:

    I like all the layouts! That last one looks the most “modern” to me for some reason.

  7. Marian Jonas says:

    Double WOW!!!!

  8. rutigt says:

    I really liked that last quilt! It´s very 3-D and wonderful 🙂
    Gun, Sweden

  9. Kathleen Campbell says:

    This setting make it look 3D. I like it.

  10. Carla says:

    Love your final layout, and thanks for the memories you stirred reminding me of the number puzzles. Spent a lot of time playing with those.

    • timquilts says:

      I played with those a lot myself…..My brother would pop all the tiles out and put them back in order (his way of solving the puzzle) I I would get so mad….but still lots of fun

  11. Jeanette says:

    I was so surprised to see your layouts. I wiuldnt have come up with that idea….My choice- the first one. Very unusual….second one is really good also. Tim, you are amazing.

  12. Barbara Wells says:

    I totally agree you are amazing! I love both layouts. I wimp out and look through books and quilt history websites. I am thinking maybe i need to “play more! Great job!

    • timquilts says:

      These blocks were just such fun fabrics and colors that I thought playing with the layout was appropriate…if the blocks were 100 years old I would have been afraid to go outside of a traditional layout

  13. Cathi says:

    The setting you have decided on is fabulous! That is going to be a wonderful quilt!
    I remember those puzzles — they were fun.

  14. Kate says:

    Yep, love them both but the second is extra-great…I see 4 mickey mouse ears in th first arrangement which is just a little bit disturbing!

  15. Rose Marie says:

    Be still my beating heart … this is going to be an awesome quilt!!!!!


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