06 May, 2016

Now, That's Better!

121 blocks made from Rosemary Youngs':  The Quilt Block Bible
So, as you might imagine, it was a lot of work just putting all of these blocks up on the wall! My intention in getting them all up there was exactly as you might imagine: to view them all together. The effort paid off, there's reward in simply looking at them. That's when I noticed it-- there, smack dab in the center of the layout, the block named "Twin Sisters" just wasn't doing it for me, the contrast was too low. Can you find it? I remade it and replaced it in the arrangement. Now, that's better! It was time to start thinking about sashing, as I indicated last week. You all made marvelous suggestions and I am carefully considering my options. The photo below shows the layout with a dark indigo sashing mock-up as well as a red. Thoughts?

I'm going to leave the blocks up a while longer while I mull over the decision. Who knows, I may just remake another block or two before these are returned to their rightful places (for now) in the burgeoning binders! After all, I still have eighty-one more blocks to make. I need a larger wall!

Life is Good!

13 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

The indigo/dark seems rather strong and almost harsh - the red is warmer /brighter and less dominant, but I would also like to see a med.golden sashing in the audition pool. It might give the necessary definition and breathing room without overwhelming your beautifil piecing.

Barb said...

Oh my gosh....how amazing is that!!! Breath taking...

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

Prefer the indigo; red intimidates me. Like Julie's idea of med-golden audition.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Since you asked, I would go with the indigo. ;-) I love red, but it's a little too bold and steals the show. Those fabulous pieced blocks deserve to be the stars. Plus there are a couple of blocks with red corners/backgrounds that just blend in too much with the sashing. Just my two cents worth.

Jacqueline said...

I think both choices are too dark/bold. After all that hard work I think the blocks should steal the show, not the sashing. Just mho

Janet O. said...

To me the blocks stand out against the indigo, but melt into the red.
Wow--that is a lot of blocks!!

Rieann said...

Hi, I'm with Jaqueline, both choices are too bold and detract from the blocks. Maybe a café au lait kind of colour, warm and a wee bit darker than any of the block backgrounds, whatever you choose it will be beautiful quilt.

jude's page said...

I was thinking that a gold would be nice, and see that someone has mentioned that. and I agree that the red and indigo a possibly bit strong, but I am sure that you will come to your own conclusion which will be great!

cityquilter grace said...

I agree as well....a more neutral sashing would highlight all your beautiful blocks...the dark overpowers them...

StitchinByTheLake said...

This is going to be an absolute masterpiece! blessings, marlene

45th Parallel Quilter said...

I agree that the red and indigo are too harsh ... the "gold" would be "okay" ... did you consider auditioning a green or lighter, denim like blue? It will be a masterpiece!!

Tanya said...

I think I like the indigo best though I think the plain beige background is nice too. It sort of brings out the shapes. The dark blue is striking though!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful blocks! I'm no help with the sashing, but whatever you choose, I'm sure it will be wonderful.