How to Place Quilt Squares for a Random Look


Quilts with different colored and patterned blocks are often laid out in a random pattern. What may not be apparent is that a random look is not always completely random. It can take time and effort to achieve an aesthetically pleasing random look. The time spent is worth it, however, when the quilt is finished.

Things You'll Need

  • Quilt blocks
  • Digital camera
  • Lay your finished quilt blocks on a clean table or floor.

  • Arrange them so that no two like colors are next to or touching each other. This may take a few minutes, depending on how many blocks you have.

  • Step back and look at the quilt squares. Look to see if you have any similar colors near each other, such as diagonally.

  • Take a picture of your laid-out quilt and look at it on the camera screen or on the computer. Sometimes you need to see the quilt from a different perspective to see if there is an unattractive cluster of blocks anywhere.

  • Leave the arrangement for a few hours, if you have the time. Come back and look at it again to see if you see anything that you might not have noticed earlier. Rearrange as necessary.

  • Sew the squares together once you are happy with the layout of the quilt.

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