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    Old 06-26-2011, 03:08 PM
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    I'm new to the board still new to quilting, but have been reading for a few weeks and enjoying it immensely! I've gone to one beginning quilting class maybe a year ago(never did finish the tops to two, and never quilted the one I did finish), and am working on getting my cutting an piecing skills back. I picked up some batik FQ's on sale and came up with squares that look like these...

    I just don't know how I'd like to put them together. The straight "rows", or the "checkerboard" rows. Do they need (gasp) sashing? I've been kicking around doing some needlework on the tops, in contrasting color (like blue on the browns, gold on the blue) just haven't decided how yet.

    I've a MILLION projects in mind (thanks for all the inspiration Q.B.!) and I'm trying to focus my little mind on finishing THIS one first. Sigh. (I've already got some antique handkerchiefs soaking downstairs though...heh)

    I know the colors are a bit odd on this, I was just going for "bright" and lots of movement. All civil criticism is welcome!

    The second row is not really PINK, more salmon
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    Old 06-26-2011, 03:11 PM
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    I like the way you have it in the first picture, but I'm wondering if you could add another row at the bottom of the green like you have on top? I think that would finish it off nicely. JMHO
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    Old 06-26-2011, 03:11 PM
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    Welcome to the board from Southern Oregon.

    I personally would put sashing as I think it would make the colors you used pop out more.
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    Old 06-26-2011, 03:13 PM
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    Cheshirepat,

    You are mostly done. Good job! Now is the time for fun. Mix it up and do the scrapy thing. It is harder than you thinK
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    Old 06-26-2011, 03:15 PM
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    Could you add another green row (like the top row in pic 1) on the bottom of pic 1 to frame it in and create symmetry?
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    Old 06-26-2011, 03:15 PM
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    First, welcome to the board. We have a lot of fun here so I am glad you have joined us.

    Of the two arrangements, I think the "checkerboard" one is more interesting and would look very good. You could also really mix them up randomly.

    I don't think you need to do any sashing on this project. If your fabrics were busy prints sashing would probably be needed but with the fabrics you are using...not necessary at all.

    Keep going...you're doing fine.
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    Old 06-26-2011, 03:16 PM
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    I think if you do it like the second picture then you wouldn't need sashing. The second one breaks up the colors better. This will be a great quilt when you have it done. BTW I love the pattern!
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    Old 06-26-2011, 03:18 PM
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    I think just randomly mixing up the squares without sashing would look great!
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    Old 06-26-2011, 03:25 PM
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    Welcome from Ireland. Love the blocks. I like sashing.
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    Old 06-26-2011, 03:42 PM
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    Lol, thanks for the warm welcome... not that I need MORE warm, it's been over 100 for a week or so now here! ;-) I need to head back to my LQS to see if they still have those greens around...I don't QUITE have enough to border both sides...figures, right? I may have to lay it out a couple more times to see. Scrappy is a challenge, for sure. Not that this is some critical masterpiece, I just want to have a fun one when it's done.
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