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Thread: Can you help me tone down this print?

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    I really need help! I started this car quilt for my son months ago and have yet to finish it because I'm not really happy with how it looks!! I tried using a different pattern and redid it to this. The car blocks are 8inch squares. I still think it's a little busy and I don't know whats missing... I am now thinking of doing the warm wishes pattern on it with maybe blue, grey, and red? Or maybe with blue grey and green. What do u think? I thought I would use the flags as a border along with maybe a dark grey and maybe green border? I don't know... What else can I do to it though? Maybe to even make it larger? I have some larger car prints that maybe I should use as applique in between the other car print??

    I still need to finish the car and "road" applique.
    I hope to have it done by this winter! Any advice would be great! Thanks!
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    I love it! It isn't too busy to me, but I love bright colors. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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    I don't think it needs to be toned down. It ids bright and fun looking, just right for a little guy. Darling!

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    I think it looks fine the way it is! Just needs a border.

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    Would you be up for taking it apart and remaking it using the car print alternating with the blue as a solid block without the red, yellow, blue and green squares? Maybe you could applique the larger car prints on some of the blue squares. Or do a disappearing nine-patch with the car print in the corners, the red in the center and the blue squares in the "north, south, east and west" positions. This will be a darling quilt for your son.

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    It is darling teh way it is! He will love it!

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    I love it as it is, maybe another border in green and a larger one of the flag fabric.
    Your DS will love how bright and cheery it is :D:D:D

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    I think it looks great. So do my two Grandsons. ages 5 & 9 years old.

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    don't change a thing, its colorful and cheerful. Just add the flag fabric for the border.

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    I think it's fine as is. Kids love bright prints and lots of busy colors. Boys especially. It holds their attention.

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    I think its fine. Kids like bright colors!

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    I'd use red for the border or you could do a double border with adding the blue. Then do the binding in the flag fabric. It's a great quilt!

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    How wonderful! You'll be a hit with this quilt! The bright colors are just the key to making it wonderful.

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    I love it just the way it is. It is perfect for a little boy. Bright and cheerful.

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    That's not too bright for a kiddo. Just your everyday primary colors----same as his coloring crayons.

    I'd use the flag fabric for borders and binding and call it done

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    Why don't you like it? It looks wonderful to me! My DGS would absolutely love it.

    I have some of the 'Cars' (Lightning McQueen and friends) fabric that he runs off with whenever he comes to my house. I may never get to use it cuz it will be worn out before I ever get around to making something with it!

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    I love it too. Don't worry so much. Get it done so you can make sure he is warm and you can start another one.

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    Try a plain border in Black. Then to extend it you can add the black flags. Or blue or red. That should help. Without a lot of seam ripping. I would lay the fabric along the side to see how you like it.
    Just a thought.

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    I really like it the way it is.

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    well you could take out one of the three car prints in those rows. the center ones, and replace them with a solid. that would help "tone down" the quilt.

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    Thats Cute, run one of the solids red or green then add the flags, hem with the other primary. He'll love it !!

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    My two grandsons would LOVE that quilt - the brighter the better!

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    it is great the way you are doing it! and kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE bright colors, lots of texture...keep going and finish it up! no reason to 'fix' what isn't broken.

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    Maybe alternate the primary colours with a black and white square like a starter flag, and use the left blocks in the border. I love the colours tho, and maybe you should ask him if he likes it!

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    If it really bothers you.......then you could throw bleack over it.....Now that is my shock suggestion of the day. Wakes you up doesn't it.
    I might consider putting bias tape over the seams to frame the blocks. Ot some other decorative binding. This is just an initial gut feeling. It might soften the seam lines a bit. I would consider a single fold bias tape , a rick rack or other decorative tape.

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