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    This does not look good...

    I am doing this quilt for a friend. She is giving it to her niece as a gift. She picked the fabric and the pattern but said she is flexible. I don't think this is working - but everything is cut. Any suggestions? Sashing maybe? It just seems too busy to me but I generally like a lot of white to frame my blocks and that was not the look she was going for....

    What can I do to make it easier on the eyes?
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    I do not see anything wrong with it is a very modern looking quilt

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    I don't see a thing wrong with it. I like it.

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    Why not show her this picture and ask her opinion? Looks fine, to me. I generally prefer color, to too much white.
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    Very nicely done. I might add a dark border to the outside to unify the whole.

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    Looks good to me. It is a contemporary looking quilt. Her niece will probably love it. I would put a border around it the same width as the borders in the block.

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    Hi Cminor
    It can be hard to work on a quilt with someone else's fabric choices - not because we are such aesthetic princesses, but just because it is hard to tell when something looks right. Here are my 4 suggestions'
    - I wonder if the bright white is just creating too much contrast. Maybe you can soften it with a bit of medium gray. If you are committed to the already cut fabrics, it will limit what you can change.
    - If you have access to a quilt design program (like EQ or QuiltPro) try changing the colors and placement around a bit. Sometime the smallest change can be effective.
    There is an online quilt program called MyWebQuilter.com - it is user friendly, free and doesn't require much to register (email and create and confirm a password). Not a substitute for a full featured program - but it might help. It bailed me out last week when I was choosing a color combination.
    - Show your friend what you have at this point and tell her why it doesn't work for you - maybe it's fine with her and just what she expected.
    The design is really not that bad - like you, it is not my favorite, but it doesn't hurt my eyes and I honestly think this is a question of personal taste.
    Hope the piecing and quilting is more fun than the design part.
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    I think maybe a different layout, maybe one that is less scrappy and more intentional. Like all the same colored squares in a row or column
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    i think it looks ok maybe a darker border hard to sew or quilt for other people!
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    It looks great! You are just out of your comfort zone.
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    I think the quilt looks wonderful! Keep going with it.
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    I agree with others who are essentially telling you that while this may not be your style, it looks good. I would not add sashing or rearrange the blocks much if at all. If anything, a dark framing border, though I personally would skip any border.

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    I like it!

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    It's working for me and looks easy on my eyes, but I would use the mottled black and gray that you have interspersed through the quilt as my border.

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    I like it, but modern quilts with high contrast are my style. I would let her preview it to see if it is what she had in mind, and if so, go for it. I bet the niece will love it.

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    These are good suggestions and summarize what I was thinking.

    I'm sure that once it is finished and quilted, it will be lovely. I've made a few quilts that I thought were, shall we say, doubtful, but after quilting and binding turned out nicely.
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    I would do some minor rearranging of blocks if it were mine, but other than that I think it looks great. Try moving some of the blocks around a bit and see if that "feels" better to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cminor View Post
    I am doing this quilt for a friend. She is giving it to her niece as a gift. She picked the fabric and the pattern but said she is flexible. I don't think this is working - but everything is cut. Any suggestions? Sashing maybe? It just seems too busy to me but I generally like a lot of white to frame my blocks and that was not the look she was going for....

    What can I do to make it easier on the eyes?
    if she likes it, go with it!
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    I like it a lot!

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    I'm with everyone else. Just move on and finish it. If you don't want to use a border then bind. The only thingout of my comfort zone is bargellos and starry points!

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    My only suggestion would be to separate the lightest tan fabric blocks and the busy print (black and tan beans?) blocks a bit so your eye travels over the quilt. My eye wants to stop and get stuck on those. Other than that -- and it's only a suggestion -- this looks like a great modern quilt to me. A young person should love it!

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    Thanks everyone! I will keep going. This is only a quick sample and there are more of one color than the other. I just wanted to get some going so once I get more done it should look a little more balanced. At least that is my hope

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    It might be exactly what your friend wants! I think you should show her before you change anything. (This is why I have so far refused all requests to make a quilt for someone else, to their specifications. I think I would lose the joy in this hobby if I were doing quilts to other people's tastes.)
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    I really like it as is. I think you are doing a great on it. I wouldn't change a thing.

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    Looks great to me! Use a narrow white inner border and a four inch dark blue border to finish it. Your quilt is an eye popper as it is. froggyintexas

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