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Thread: The Quilt that Jenny will Never Get

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    Attended my first batmitzvah and was quite moved by the young people sharing a lesson. The girl we were there fore-- Jenny-- wore purple and spoke about her love of the color.

    I was moved to make a quilt for her-- something that combined purple as well as her faith.

    I found the first image. I liked it because it subtly communicates the star of David without being an overtly Jewish design.

    Then I went through my stash and pulled out all my purples, and I started making the pieced diamonds. The second photo is my design wall with the diamonds put up.

    I really really dislike the results. It's clear that at least for this design, prints-- or at least the prints I had on hand-- do not do as well as batiks and other abstract prints.

    Any advice? Suggestions for something else to do with these diamonds.

    Or more likely: anyone want these pieces and the uncut fabric that goes with them? I know I'm not going to finish this particular quilt.

    The design I worked from
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    The diamonds I made but won't use
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    I think you are right that the colors don't quite capture the jewel-like quality of the sample. The calicos/florals don't have the same impact.

    Does the image on the screen match your real fabrics? They seem muted and maybe even washed out on my computer screen...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaMRB
    I think you are right that the colors don't quite capture the jewel-like quality of the sample. The calicos/florals don't have the same impact.

    Does the image on the screen match your real fabrics? They seem muted and maybe even washed out on my computer screen...
    A design like that needs really bold, bright jewel tones. I think your actual fabric colors are too washed out for the design. But the design itself is beautiful!

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    My photo is definitely washed out; the colors are much richer, but no where near as rich as the jewel tones of the first image. Sigh.
    Another lesson learned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandee
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    I don't see a PM from you.

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    I like it. Sure it's different than the original, but it has it's own appeal, try to put the bright on out of your mind and think softer!

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    Yeahhhhhh...very good effort but I think there's not enough of a focus. Does it want to be a blue tone quilt? Does it want to be a purple quilt? Does it want to be a red quilt?

    The example is AMAZING with the jewel tones, but I think you could pull it off with a more subdued palette. You just need to narrow the field of color, and maybe play with the tone instead?

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    I think you should finish it and just donate it. Its not as bright as the sample but it is still going to be really nice. someone will love it. I know i do.

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    Add some solid diamonds to the design and finish it and donate it to a charity of your choice. Someone will definitely appreciate it.

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