I Would Love Your Opinion On….

I am going to be writing a post about this subject in the next week or two. I would love your thoughts on this. Here is the scenario….

You are making a very large scrappy quilt. You lay out your quilt squares before sewing them together. You move the squares around to see if you could make the combinations more pleasing. Some of the values aren’t working for you. In fact some of the fabrics you used in this scrappy quilt, you don’t really like for this project.

This is a photo of the quilt squares laid out, but I don’t think you can really get a true sense how this just isn’t working quite right.  Maybe you can.

What would you do? Please let me know in the comments box below. I am really looking forward to reading your thoughts and ideas. Thank you.

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  • Reply Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl June 16, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    If I have enough fabric/time/options, I tend to move the blocks I like a little bit less to the back as part of a pieced backing and use the blocks that I like the best for the quilt top. If they are fabrics that don't coordinate as well for the front, it tends to make the backing a bit more cohesive, too.

  • Reply annieb June 16, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I was thinking of that too. But I will need to make quite a few more blocks for the front to replace the ones going to the back. That's okay. It's just throwing my timetable off a bit.
    Thanks, Yvonne.

  • Reply Shauna June 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I think it would depend on how much I didn't like the blocks. If I really hated them, they would go out right away. If I didn't like them, but wasn't sure, I would probably photograph the layout and ask friends/family/other bloggers what they thought.

  • Reply annieb June 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I love you guys and our new bloggers group. Shauna – I REALLY dislike about 1/2 of the blocks. It's hard to tell from the photo, but I will post it. Some of the fabrics are too light – not bold enough in the way I envisioned it. I think I am going get over it, and make another 36 blocks using these other fabrics I really like. Please keep posting thoughts or ideas, because I don't want to waste the other 36 blocks. Thanks again.

  • Reply Beth Sellers June 17, 2014 at 11:22 am

    My thoughts won't be a bit of help, but… :). Last week I was dealing with the exact same thing – I made churn dash blocks, which I love, but when I laid them out all together it was a mess. Nothing worked good together, and I arranged them multiple ways. I took pics and emailed to sis and her quilt group. There were suggestions but nothing is working. Soooooo, I finally packed them away. Maybe I'll do some mini quilts with the blocks I really like, and I'm not sure about the others.

    It's very frustrating and I know packing it away is not the answer but I can't deal wiith it right now. Not a good answer, just wanted you to know I understand how you feel right now. 🙂

  • Reply annieb June 17, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I'll give that a try. I did buy some of the fabric that I thought would work better. I'm leaning more towards the latter, but I like the color order idea a lot. Thank you!!

  • Reply annieb June 17, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Lorelei, I think that's the problem too – it's the value of the colors. The bold colors have more saturation. If the lighter colors were of equal value, it might work. I just bought some new fabric that I'm pretty certain will do the trick. I'm glad you like the block. Thanks.

  • Reply Kitty June 17, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    What about changing the layout entirely and arranging them by rainbow/color order?? So the white sides of all blocks would go together to make an X, and the reds would start at the top left and fade down by color…? I think I'd try that before scrapping it, only because (at least for me) when there's color order involved, my aesthetic synapses are happy, even if some of the actual fabrics are eh.

  • Reply Lorelei Hauptmann June 18, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I see a mixture of bold colors and much more muted colors…I think you either have to go ALL bold, or ALL muted to bring it together. I like the block though…

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