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Thread: Decision, decisions.... modern quilt background?

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    Decision, decisions.... modern quilt background?

    I'm making a chemo quilt for a friend, and the heart was easy... but now I can't finish piecing until I decide on the background. Several quilters suggested a variety of whites to rest the eye. Another quilt shop owner suggested black, or black and white stripes.

    Here's the mostly-pieced heart and the pattern. I have it drawn in squares, with centers in some. Do I make the squares white, with colored centers or black centers? Or make the squares black with colored centers? OR black AND white squares with colored centers? Oh, HELP!!!!
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    I like the black. Maybe use a bunch of black on black, grey on blacks, etc.....

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    I like the idea of blacks, too. It makes the heart pop more than I think white would. For the squares with centers, try black with red prints maybe. Or black with any color print that shows up in the heart.

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    Black squares to outline the heart then black and white and grey or black on black or black on grey and white. But outlining the heart black then so forth.

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    On any other quilt I would love the way the black pops the red heart. I am just not sure about a black background for a chemo quilt. I am thinking a yellow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    On any other quilt I would love the way the black pops the red heart. I am just not sure about a black background for a chemo quilt. I am thinking a yellow?
    I agree. Yellow would be great, or pink, or use light tones of all the colors in the quilt, but not black.

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    I too do not think black is right. A light pink or pinks would be fine.

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    I have to agree with the others. Although black would make the colors pop it's a bit too somber for this type of quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    On any other quilt I would love the way the black pops the red heart. I am just not sure about a black background for a chemo quilt. I am thinking a yellow?
    Oh, I can see your point... maybe it would help if I mentioned she's Stage 1 and expected to make a complete recovery. I guess I was trying to design a quilt she'll have and enjoy for many years.
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    I really like your quilt - your friend is sure to love it!

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    well then, the black should be fine. great looking so far!!

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    I really love the look of the black, I don't feel it makes your gorgeous blocks look somber at all. I would choose to do the black all in one fabric though, maybe a batik? So many blacks have green tones or brown tones, isn't it great we all have our different reasons for our choices. Lovely project so far! I know alot of modern quilters are using the white these days, but with all those gorgeous bright colours you might have one errant one bleed, so would chose the black.

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    white background, will be crisp & clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnnMc View Post
    Oh, I can see your point... maybe it would help if I mentioned she's Stage 1 and expected to make a complete recovery. I guess I was trying to design a quilt she'll have and enjoy for many years.
    I'm with the others, that I would be hesitant on the black. Yes, you are expecting a full recovery ... though that does not mean her emotions will always be there.

    That being said ... I really like the punch that the black would give. How about using a bright navy? or a rich, royal purple? ... both dark enough to give a contrast yet bright enough to not look black. I think both of these could be very effective and give you a really classy rich look to the finished quilt.

    Your design is really great ... quite clever!
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    I'm not sure of the definition of "modern quilt". What I've seen doesn't use black, I think. It's more clean, crisp. So my thinking is white or very pale grey with, the centers being the lighter colors in the heart.

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    I like what you've got and I think either black, as you've shown, or a white would contrast nicely. But then I'm just delving into the "modern" quilt type of thing and suppose I shouldn't give too many opinions.

    Anyway, I love your quilt. I guess I'm not traditional enough and just think of black as 'classy' and not necessarily as "somber".

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    No help from here on color decision, just think that will be a great quilt.

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    Love what you've got going here! I would think any subtle-ly patterned tonal for the background would be faboulous - you know black with the dark gray swirly, filigree type designs, blue, white, off white, any color - the background is you color palette - pick a color the recipient favors! Would LOVE to see this when you finish!

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    what a delightful heart! i like the black background
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    Isn't white the "preferred" color for modern quilts?
    I agree that the black is not right. But yellow against the red?; not for me.

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    Having had breast cancer 2 years ago (and doing great now) I like the idea idea of blacks around the heart and then graduating to lighter colors. Anyway you decide - I'm sure she will love it. I really like the heart!!

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    If you haven't decided yet what to do for a BG on this. If I were making it I would continue the square blocks in mostly deep shades of purple to have a contrast around the heart and keep building the blocks with the deep purples w/ a little of all the other materials in the heart. I love your design and whatever you do it will be very cool.
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    I personally would not use black, I think a medium sky blue, mottled or tonal would show off the heart but connect color to the outside edge. Thank you for showing the pattern and picture. I just love the different sizes and blocks.
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    I just happen to have a lovely heart quilt with an off-white background and red borders. Didn't make it, but it is a favorite.
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    Love your quilt. Love that you're making this "gift of love" for her!!

    I see a lot of purple/dark blue in the squares. You might consider using those colors in the background. Do know I wouldn't use all black... no matter who I was making it for.

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