24 January, 2014

I Need Your Help!

This is a follow up to my last post, the one where I admitted to being directionally challenged. Yesterday was the third meeting of our "Head For The Border" group where we enjoyed an inspirational show and tell as well as learned our next "assignment" based on the random choice of a design element and a color. The element selected from the envelope was squares. Easy enough, right? The color chosen: brown. Hmmm. Well, I decided that if I needed to add one more color I would add four; so, along with brown I am incorporating orange, blue and purple into this next round. Now, for a design plan. Squares, as is, were too boring. Squares set on point, however, intrigue me and continue the movement outward. I have placed three design possibilities up for consideration and for voting.
 Let me know what you think: #1, #2, or #3.
#1 & #3 are almost identical, except for the corner blocks. (Pretend there's purple thrown in there too).
#2 is comprised of teeny, tiny squares, that border measures 1", finished.
Thanks, in advance, for your help... and your vote!
Life is Good!

35 comments:

Janet O. said...

Having to incorporate brown into this happy mix of colors must be a challenge in and of itself, but you have made it work on your drawing!
I think #1, and #3 get my vote, with #3 having the edge. I like the way the corner B/W blocks are forming a sort of chain out from your center.

Ramona said...

I really like #1 but am wondering if you can add a small border between the geese and the squares? The borders seem to run together. I love what you have created!

LizA. said...

Well, I have to be different and vote for #2. I like the way it frames the geese. The other two look like they're competing with the geese, at least to my eyes. But, that's my .02 since you asked for it.

Marilyn said...

My vote is #3, whatever you choose will be
beautiful. Good Luck!

Karen said...

I vote for # 2. It makes it look more like a separate round. I think # 1 and 3 just make the last round look wider, if that makes any sense.
Karen

Carolyn said...

My vote is for #3.

Carolyn said...

I vote for #3.

Ann Parks said...

My vote is for #2. The first and third look too similar in size to the other borders to be interesting to me.

Kathy said...

I vote for #2-it catches my eye the most but also looks like the most work LOL. Neat quilt! I hope you can find a "bright" brown, or is that an oxymoron?

Just Ducky said...

I vote for #2 because the smaller size of the squares is not as similar to what you already have in the quilt. To me the change is important.

Beth said...

I like #2 altho I think you could make them a bit larger if you dont' want to have to order new glasses! I think the difference in scale gives your eye something to look at. In 1 and 3, the scale of the borders is very similar. This is going to be very striking whatever you choose!

Paula, the quilter said...

I vote for #3 because I like the way the b&w in the corners makes the center look almost 3d.

Sherrill said...

Definitely #1 IMHO. It just 'goes with the flow'..LOL!

stitchinpenny said...

In my opinion the black and white in both options with black and white becomes the focus and no longer an accent to add interest to the center block. I love the second option and the first is calmer to me, but the black and white is all I see until I stop and look harder. In my defens, i love black and white accents on brightly colored quilts.

Gwen said...

Definitely #2. It echos the smaller black and white border already in the quilt and I think it will add a greater sense of separation between rows. To me #1 and #3, being roughly the same size. run together a bit, although I know that using different colors will probably help with that. But...what do I know? Just think, in a little over a month - quilt heaven at Mid-Atlantic!

Lin said...

#1 is my choice

Millie said...

Number Two. The other options are a lot like what you did before. This shakes it up a bit.

lleblanc_nd said...

I like #2. I think the other two are kind of busy. Looks like a real challenge!

Lorraine

lleblanc_nd said...

I like #2. I think the other two are kind of busy. Looks like a real challenge!

Lorraine

Kay said...

I like #2. The change of size is more interesting.

Karen said...

I vote for 2. The scale is better and it doesn't overpower the center. Good luck.

Mary said...

I vote for number two! The others are nice, but seem to be too close in size with the geese and sort of compete with them.

Salem Stitcher said...

I'm torn between #2 and #3. I love the change in scale in #2 but also love how the continuation of the black chain draws your eyes to the corners of the quilt. I lean more to #2 though knowing there are more border challenges to come and the change of scale will help define the quilt. Either way, it's a beauty!

jude's page said...

I like number 2, but don't know if I would want to make so many 1" finished squares! I agree that 1 and 3 borders seem to run into each other, so could you separate them somehow? Love the concept of this project. Can I have some more details as a possibility for our group??

Nancy said...

I vote for number 2

Elita@Busy Needle Quilting said...

N°2 is my favourite. I like the difference in scale. N°1 would look nice with that black & white border separating the borders but to be consistent, this would have to work with subsequent borders. Might be tricky since you don't know what those will be. Good luck! :-)

Gail said...

Dear MG,

Definitely #3! There are so many shades & tones of brown I'm sure it can work beautifully!

Gail :)

Cathy Burk said...

Number two! I agree that you need a different size/scale.

reddoorquilts.com said...

Number two is my favorite, but they're all striking. I like the complexity of one and two, but number two seems slightly better balanced both in color and design. No matter which way you go, the quilt will be visually intriguing.

Thanks for sharing!

Liz said...

I haven't read everyone else's comments, so I want to say that I like number one the best.

upnitestx said...

I love the 3d effect of no.3. It's all exciting!

Erin in MI said...

I like #2 for a couple of reasons. It mirrors the size of your second border, creating consistency in the design. Also, if you don't plan to add any more brown, blue, purple or orange into the quilt, this keeps the amount you do add to a minimum. Another thing, #1 and #3 makes the quilt seem busier to my eye - which may be what you are going for, but I see #2 as more your style, based on what I see in your blog.

Good luck and enjoy the journey!

cityquilter grace said...

i vote #2....

karen a. said...

#2 gets my vote.
#'s 1 & 3 are too *busy*

Susan C said...

I like #2, the change in scale is nice. It gives the eyes a place to rest as you move out from the center. I'll be interested to see what you decide!