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Thread: help with too busy fabric

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    Senior Member Nursesews's Avatar
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    Hey all, I am in need of some advice. Can't offer a pic but the problem is I am trying to make a Yellow Brick throw quilt and I am afraid my fabrics are too busy. This is the first time I have tried to coordinate and thinkk I have failed. The colors are great together but I mixed large prints, tone on tone, solids and small prints. I have sewn the first 5 pieces and put them on my board, they are coming together better after the last piece was added but they don't seem to flow. Any ideas other than finishing it and using it myself??? Thanks so much for your help

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    Can you post a picture? Sounds like the scale isn't a problem. Did you vary the values, lighter and deeper?

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    You could just make the quilt a bit bigger and "frame" the squares. Just make a maybe 1/2 inch border around all the blocks.

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    If you go to webshots & then search out YBR quilts you'll see quite a few examples of what others have done. I made mine from oranges & blues mostly... I don't really think there was a "flow"" to it...
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    Senior Member Nursesews's Avatar
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    I wil l try to get a pic up today. Maybe my values are off, I have never made this pattern before. Thanks

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    I don't see why it is called Yellow Brick Road?

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    When I make these, I add a 4-1/2 (finished)border (cut 5" wide) then a final border of the blocks. Use something that reads 'solid', just to calm it down. I make these for my kids' friends for graduation. For the guys, it's fabrics of deer, moose, elk - they are all hunters. Because the fabric isn't cohesive in colors, I use that solid border to tie everything together. If this doesn't make sense, I'll try to post a picture tonight.

    As for "Yellow Brick Road", it's just a name.


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    I had to go to the other computer (the one with the pictures on it) before I left, so here are the pictures!
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