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    Color combo; What do you think? (pics NOT resized)

    I LOVE this combo, but wanted opinions. Its already all cut into squares... still no clue what layout I want to use..... (Im not real adventurous yet with shapes and pieces... I stick to squares. lol) Anyways... I THINK this may be for my oldest daughter (8 1/2) but havent settled on that yet, either... Her taste changes as often as the sun comes up. Without further ado:

    Left to right (sorry, the picture is not true to color, but pretty close)
    Grapefruit pink with lighter pink swirls, light pink with white floral print, gray with light pink cherry blossoms, white with coral and orange cherry blossoms, pink and orange mix, light gray, yellow with pale yellow flower print, orange satin, dark gray flannel, coral flannel, light gray flannel and orange flannel

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    I love the colors! The only one that screams at me is the yellow but I like bright yellow in my quilts. I love the corals and pinks and greys and. . . Oh, I just love them all!!
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    I would audition it with one more yellow. It needs the pop of the yellow but it might look a little lonely. However, you could venture out of your comfort zone and try a disappearing nine patch always using yellow as the center square.
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    I would omit the swirl pink and the solid pink and all the grays. The fabrics are all very pretty.
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    I think I would add a touch of black...it would go with everything plus pop with the bright yellow
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    If you are planning on making this into something for a youngster, make sure that all the components are equally washable.

    I just noticed that you have already cut the fabrics into squares - did you wash your fabrics first? You've mentioned cotton, satin, and flannel - which would be interesting texture-wise - just not so sure how well they will play together in the wash.

    It appears to me that you are using the third and fourth fabrics from the left for your color palette - I think the yellow you have is too bright - I would like a yellow that is more orangey than that one.

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    You seem to have a variety of fabric types mixed in there, cotton, satin and flannel. I am not sure that they will all play nicely together in a quilt. Satin will not press well, nor will it give you a nice 1/4" seam if paired with bulky flannel, the turn of cloth for each is very different.

    I would try a few seams and see how it works.

    I am not a pinks and greys person. You have one other print with each colour except the yellow. Do you have another print with some yellow in it and one of the other colours? I made an Around the World quilt 20+ years ago with one colour that really popped. I have always thought it looked a bit off.

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    I love them all. The quilt will be fantastic. Bonnie Hunter and Marilyn Weibe would use all of them - their quilts are always beautiful.

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    i love them all, but i agree that the yellow looks lonely
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    I love the pinks! But I'd stick with just cottons, and find a few more to add, including a yellow or two.
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    Overall ... I like the grapefruit/orange and grey combination. Not crazy about the single yellow, I have two thoughts on that. One is that it's too bright and "primary" compared to all the other toned down secondary colors. I would choose a yellow that is a little more muted to compliment the other color palette. The other thought is that is "lonely". Adding one more fabric perhaps a grey with yellow print would round the pallete out nicely.

    With regard to the fabric choices, they kind of scare me The texture would be awesome - the mix of cottons and satins and flannels ... but I would worry about how they will behave together to be sewn and laundered. If you pre-washed - great - if not - I think you are going to have a very bad surprise. Also, with the satin and the flannel you really should use a larger seam allowance because they both fray a lot - but as you've already cut them (and presumably to the same size) your next option would be to stay stitch around the edge of all of the squares. Ugh.

    Good luck, the color pallete is lovely!!
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    I love the greys in it. I do agree about the yellow. Maybe a toned down yellow would be a bit better. But everything else looks good to me.
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    I think it's a yummy color combination. I wouldn't worry too much about the different fabrics either. Sew them together and then quilt it fairly close and you probably won't have a bit of problem with it. And even if it does odd things when you wash it, it's not the end of the world.

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    Your colors are great...I love all of them

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    I love your great mix of colors, and think the yellow is perfect. Check out the Jaybird Quilts blog, and her new book Skip the Borders, for a quilt idea--she used bricks, but you could use squares instead, or cut them in half to make bricks--with three rows of offset bricks and solid gray horizontal strips between the sets. Your colors would be stunning in that layout.

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    I agree with the yellow comments....either add a yellow flower pattern or no yellow. The yellow by its self looks out of place.

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    Not necessarily omitting the grays, but perhaps find lights and darks with a subtle pattern and maybe adding a darker graphite gray? We all see changes we could make if it were our own, but as it is (but for that bright yellow) I think it'll make a beautiful quilt whatever block you choose. Can't wait to see what you decide to do with it!

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    Nothing to add here...
    Just want to see what you end up with!

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    Take out the coral flannel and insert another yellow there.

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    Stacey, I really like these colors, especially the swirly grapefruit pink! However, I would would be wary of the satin and would try to find that shade in cotton instead, just to avoid headaches. And yes, I, too, would add a more muted yellow to play with its buddy Bright Yellow.

    Can't wait to see the finished product. I think it will be lovely.
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    i'd stick with the cottons and flannels so for ease of care. i second the idea of adding another piece that has some mixture of yellow and a reddish/orangish note

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    I also, would add another lighter shade of yellow, or a yellow/grey mix. I think I would take out the satin. I'm sure it feels heavenly, but I'd be worried about the long term life of it,and it being mixed with cottons and flannel.

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    This will be for a girl 8 1/2yrs old? The prints seem a bit too adult and subdued. Also, look at a color wheel and get some contrast colored fabric to add a little pizzazz. I would not be mixing cotton, flannel and satin either.JMHO

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    Keep the yellow - I think it will make the quilt pop! I see hints of yellow in at least two other fabrics.
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    I like the color palette, but your grays, and two of the pinks are too similar. Either take one out or REALLY change the value. When they are all pieced together, the pieces will blend together too much, and you won't get as much definition in the shapes as you might like. I also like the idea of adding a black.

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