When you finish your blocks for your quilt, you will have to decide how to arrange them in your quilt. This arrangement is called the quilt setting.
NOTE: to enlarge the video, click the PLAY button, then click the full-screen icon at the bottom right of the video.
TRANSCRIPT: Quilt Settings
I have put some blocks up on the design wall to illustrate the idea what it means to set blocks. So in this setting the blocks are sitting side by side. There’s no sashing or any alternative blocks between them. I’m not sure I’d like this (this) setting because the blocks sort of blend in with each other. I think they probably need something to separate them so that you can see each individual design better.
So I have put these blocks on point now and you’ll notice over on the right I have a block that I can’t fit into this setting because it just doesn’t come out even. Also I needed to fill in the sides and what I fill the sides in with are called setting triangles; those red pieces of fabric that you see around the sides. So I don’t know if I like this setting that much. Usually I like when the blocks are put on point but I still think that you don’t get to see each individual block. It sort of gets mushed together. So let me try something else.
So now I’ve put up some strips of sashing in between the squares and I actually like this better because it shows off each block. But I was thinking that this wall hanging would be a little bit bigger so I’ve decided that maybe I would like to add an alternate block to make it bigger.
I’ve added alternative blocks to my pieced blocks. Alternative blocks can be made from fabric like the red ones here. Or they could be another pieced square that goes between my pieced blocks. My quilt has gotten larger but I’m not sure that I like this look. Also, once again, I’m stuck with an extra square so I can either make another square and add on a row with 3 more alternative blocks on the bottom OR I can just toss out that square. So I think I am going to try something else, a different setting for this.
By turning the blocks on point and using alternative blocks, I can get another set. So you see the 4 alternative blocks in the center and the setting triangles around the outside edge. Now my blocks are separated and each one’s design stands out. My quilt is also larger than what I started out with.