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    Advice on quilt element

    I'm making a row quilt using some colorful triangle blocks I won in a block lottery. I thought I'd do rows of ocean related blocks (fish, waves, sailboats, birds, sunshine, hanging banners) with the triangle blocks representing sailboats and hanging banners. I'm including a total design picture and a photo of the first 4 completed rows. My problem is that when I constructed the sailboat row, I placed the sails directly over the center of each wave. Now, when I look at the two rows together I think it looks like sea monsters wearing colorful dunce hats. In my original design, I had grouped the sailboats somewhat. Should I take the rows apart and group the sails, or should I just leave them? I would like a viewer to think of sailboats on waves when they first see the quilt, but I don't care if their second thought is sea monsters with dunce hats. I'm just too close to it to make a good decision. And my husband is too literal and can't get his head around the abstraction of the whole idea.

    PS: I threw in the hanging banners so I'd use more of the lottery blocks. I imagine the scene when looking at the ocean from a deck adorned with a line of colorful banners hung above eye level.

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    OK, you asked... :-) If you want just a sail to give the impression of a sailboat, I personally think that you need a right angle triangle, not an isosceles. If you go with the triangle shape you have, I think I would bite the bullet & remake the row using a pattern something like this;

    http://www.whateverdeedeewants.com/2...dys-quilt.html

    where you would applique a narrow strip for the mast & put a base for the boat. It really wouldn't be too bad. If you applique the mast, you won't need to remake the row with the sails, then just unpick the stitching for the row between the sail & the waves and put in the row of boats.The quilt looks great so far.

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    I get the idea you are going for, having lived in Alaska (Kenai) and seeing the big sixteen to twenty five foot boats go up and down in the waves there. All but disappearing and then reappearing on the waves, as you have illustrated in your quilt. I think its a great reproduction of the real life on the ocean. Just my two cents worth.

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    I think it's a wonderful idea and a wonderful quilt! I see what you mean about the sea monsters in dunce caps. I think what I would do is remove just that one row, add a row to the bottom of the sails with piecing that looks like sailboat bottoms, add a strip of white underneath the sailboat bottoms to separate them from the waves, and piece that row back in. It would make the sails look like a part of sailboats, and the sailboats would "float" on the white separating strip. If you don't add a white separating strip, see if you can shift the row of sails to the right or left so they are not sitting directly on the waves.

    I just think this is a wonderful, fun quilt that will delight somebody for ages!

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    I had to chuckle at your description. Oh I wouldn't change a thing about your quilt. They don't look like sails but they look cute as can be. They are just fun! It will always be a conversation starter. Who doesn't love sea monsters?
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    Thank all of you for the ideas and comments. I decided to go with the sailboat hull idea as follows:

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    Okay, I looked at the quilt before I read your post and all I saw was sea monsters wearing hats. The revised one looke like some kind of ice cream dessert in a little bowl to me. Sailboats sails aren't shaped like cones.
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    Ooohhh! I *like*!!!

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    once it is quilted i think all will be well. go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Ooohhh! I *like*!!!
    I liked your idea, too. Looks great. I would take it one step further and appliqué a flag at the top of the mast; however, this is adorable with revision.
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    Much Better.

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    Much improved. Before the change, I saw party hats riding waves, and black fish flying across a backgammon board.

    Now I see boats on top of waves, and a banner , and black fish flying through white sky. It's very imaginative and I think your colors make it feel whimsical. Maybe they're ice cream sundae boats! What could be better at the seashore?

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    I just love the additional row! Agree a small flag might be nice but if it were me, I'd be shouting...done, done and done! Love the color, the story, the movement and the whimsy of it all!

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    ...applique a mast in center of each triangle..gives a better illusion of sails...but adding the boat bottoms does give it a better definition......

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    It's getting better, but it still needs a mast.

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    I really like the revision !!!
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    I like your revision very much. In the first, just the triangle did not say boat to me. You don't want to get too realistic as your design is stylized, not realism. I like your colors, too. If you want to add the mast, I would just applique one, but in your revision, the boat idea is clear.

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    It's funny how we all see different things. I see ice cream cones sitting on top of the waves. Maybe with a mast going up through the sails I might see it differently. Regardless, it's going to be a fun quilt.
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