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Sunday, August 03, 2008

When All Else Fails...



When things don't go well in the studio, my policy is to start something new. This one was inspired by one in Karla Alexander's book but I didn't use her method. I just cut out a lot of black and white six inch squares and made them into large four patches. There is a colored sashing with B&W cornerstones. It couldn't be simpler to put together but there was some planning for the sashing. I tried to get the colours to blend a little bit. Now I have to decide on a wide border. The one in the book had a strong turquoise but I don't have enough fabric of that color unless I dye some. So far these are the ones I have auditioned. It has to be quite bold to compete with the black and white blocks. So far I have rejected the far right in the top picture and maybe the middle in the bottom one. The black with multi-coloured dots may be too dark. So far I lean toward the pink with black polka dots. Any opinions? Or should I try something completely different? Like wider sashing? Or sashing all the same color to match with the border and multi-coloured cornerstones? The only thing sewn down so far are the B&W four patches.

10 comments:

jovaliquilts said...

I like this one. It's easy to construct but lets you play with color! I like the multi-colored sashing, which adds a lot of interest. For the border my two top choices would be the pink with black dots and the flowered turquoise. I'm leaning toward the flowery turquoise because there's something so unexpected about it with the graphic B&W. I think it holds its own and the contrast effect, in both style and color, is pretty neat. It's the sort of thing I'd leave on my design wall to be sure about, though! Have fun!

jovaliquilts said...

What about that blue-purple-green fabric, second row down second from the left? Do you have enough of that for a border? (I'm already rethinking teh flowery turquoise!)

LC said...

Oh, I like the strong turquoise too (not the floral one). Could you find some more like it? It makes the quilt pop. Second choice would be the black.

My two cents!

Katie said...

Hum... I'm not sure about my choice for the border but you have given me inspiration. I have a box of B&w fabric that I've been putting off using for some time. Maybe.... Thanks for the idea.

Silverthimble said...

I love your policy and I have decided to adopt it today! I have a quilt that desperately needs borders. However, I am just not into that today so I dug out some old blocks and I am having fun setting them together. I will get back to the borders on that other quilt, but only when I feel like facing that chore!

Quilt Pixie said...

my vote would be the pink with blakc dots or the solid turquiose -- yes I know you'd need to dye some. Both "read" as bright colours, all the others feel "dark" to me... The bright yellow that you've used for horizontal sashing (2nd from top and 2nd from right)also feels like a strong contender to me -- I recognize the bottom left sashing from fabric I picked up with quilting bee was closing, and while bright its too dark I think to work as the border.... even the brighter pink sashing (top horizontal row, 2nd from left) might work...

Exuberant Color said...

I think you need something bright, or change the first border to a bright and then add a darker one. I wish you could come to my house. I have a lot of fabrics that would work.

ROZ said...

What a nice quilt--I like the blue for the border, definitely.

Ali Honey said...

This is a great idea for black and white fabrics. In the top photo the left hand side is glowing because of the pink border. In the bottom one the right hand side is glowing because of the turquiose. So either of those would work, but I agree with Quilt pixie, try the bright yellow as well.

Lovely idea which ever fabric you decide.

Clare said...

I like the pink with the black dots and, like Quilt Pixie, the yellow. The turquoise doesn't appeal to me so much.