Monday, April 23, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I'm working on my design wall today trying to layout the gift quilt I mentioned earlier.  Remember these fabrics?  I have them pressed and ready to strip piece the alternate block.  I love using my portable clothes dryer to arrange my strips when making lots of sets.  It keeps them organized and wrinkle free. It's especially pretty when you are doing a log cabin-type quilt with lots of colors for each block.

I got a bunch of the strips sewn and blocks cut and up on my wall.  I'm not real happy with the way it looks, though.  I love that floral with the pink cosmos flowers, but it looks almost too dark with the other colors.  I may have to re-think this choice.  Darn, and I wanted this to be a quick and easy project.  Back to the drawing table.

While I'm redrawing take a look at other design walls over at Judy's.

8 comments:

  1. I would go on with this as it is - a Warm Wishes variation. I think when you have a few more finished where the white is around the darker flowers, it will balance out. If you just rearrange these with the dark pink in on the center square, you will see what I mean. It is a lovely combination, and the white in it will give it some sparkle. If you want a little zip, try adding a thin strip of butter yellow around a few squares . . . justa thought. I like it, and wouldn't start over. These are obviously my colors as I write here in a bright pink shirt!

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  2. You are so smart to hang your strips on a drying rack, thanks for the idea. Maybe you will like your pinks after you add the green to it.

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  3. I love the green and the pink. I think you have a nice mix of light, mid and darker. Perhaps it's the strong contrast with the white design wall that makes things look to dark? I agree with Becky, try putting a few more blocks up and see if it looks bettter. I think that lighter pink softens things so wonderfully.

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  4. The white next to the green is the lightest next to the darkest. Something I usually try to avoid unless I want something to stand out and get noticed. Could you switch the med pink and white in your strip set? That would put the med pink around the green for a softer look. Or, like Becky said, frame the green with a light medium value of something. If it's too light, it will just accentuate to problem. Or put it in a box, and we'll do lunch.

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  5. What a great idea to use a drying rack that way!

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  6. Oh my! What a shame to have to stop when you are really on a roll with this project! I'm not sure it isn't okay... especially if you were to use some of the green in a border to draw that color all the way through the quilt. Just a thought.

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  7. looks really cute and I hope you find a fabric for the squares that you are happy with. I think your poratable clothes dryer is a great solution, I need to get me one!

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  8. Love your idea of hanging the strips on the drying rack! I think the white of the design wall is making it look stark. Where is the solid green going?

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