There are red, pink and aqua fabrics in this quilt so I went for a random, but balanced scatter of colours. I also had to pay attention to the balance of tones as well- not have too many dark tones or light tones next to each other etc.
For this quilt I used a good lot of Riley Blakes "Sugar and Spice' range, some Lecien "flower Sugar", "Sherbet Pips", a fair few polkadots (I stash busted those, but they would mainly be "Ta Dot" I think) and some other random quirky japenese fabrics. At the last minute I popped up to Spotlight and picked out a couple Denise Schmidt "Picnics and Fairgrounds" and some Fat Flats. I cut my fabric into 5.5" charms and arranged them in a 13x20 quilt- this will give a very generous single bed quilt. In hindsight the 5.5" charms were somewhat wasteful as I purchased mainly fat quarters and could only manage 9 charms from each fat quarter. Each 'plus' requires 5 charms- so 9 charms meant that almost half of the fat qarter went to waste! Even accounting for partial crosses at the edges of the quilt there was a lot of wastage :( The maths escapes me right now, but I am sure there is a much more efficient way to cut up fat quarters to get multiple sets of 5 charms. I will use up the charms on the back of the quilt, to make matching pillow covers and perhaps even for the binding.
David and and the two youngest had a very involved game of donimoes going on at the same time. George loves donimoes!
An hour later I has my final arrangement of the 'pluses'. I try not to over think randon quilt arrangements. One could easily spent an extra hour rearranging 'pluses' to try and get a better balance of colours and tones, but I tend to think that in the end, once the quilt is drapped over a bed, with pillows on it it wont really matter. The only area that draws my eye is the 'plus' made out of the large red/white polkadot (top right of pic). n this zooned out picture it doesnt look too bad, but IRL it was really catchign my eye. Elizabeth walked in just as I was taking this photo and said "Mum you need to change the red polkadot. It looks weird".
What do you think? I've left it in for now, but I am tempted to swap it out- probably for another red polkadot, but with smaller white dots to it doesnt catch the eye so much.
After I had finalised the arrangement I made little notes on my grid about what fabric was used for each cross. I used little nicknames like "Scooter" for the Serbet pips fabric featuring the little girl on a scooter etc. I have pinned a row number to each pile and stacked each row into a pile, and then made one megapile from all the row stacks. When I go to sew it all together I can refer back to the paper grid, and even the phot in this blog, to make sure I havent got any of the blocks muddled up.