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    Fabric choices - input needed!!

    I am going to make quilts for our neighbors who are moving; we are very sad . I want to make the Disappearing Hourglass quilt (using Tartan's tutorial of course! ) for the husband and am hoping to pull from my stash. What do you think of these 3 batiks together? I currently have them laying on a natural muslin but thinking I should get more of an off white (less yellow) fabric for the background. Your input is very much appreciated!!
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    Those will make a nice muted quilt. Definitely, though, the background needs to not be yellowish.
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    Sorry - my first impression was drab and/or muddy.
    The side fabrics DO go together with the center piece, but I don't like the side fabrics with each other.

    I think the first two on the left are okay just by themselves.
    And the middle one with the right one by themselves are tolerable.

    The three of them together don't do much for me.

    But it is YOUR quilt and YOUR neighbors. Maybe my monitor has drabbed the colors down a lot.

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    The two on the left both have the blue/brown in them. The fabric on the right has no blue or brown, but it really isn't strong enough either to be a contrast to the blues/browns. You might try auditioning other fabrics for the one on the right so you have a stronger light/medium/dark.
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    I like the one on the left and the middle one. Not to sure about the one on the right. From my screen it looks like a brownish/dusty rose, and am not seeing it fitting with the other two. But my screen color may be off. It is really hard to loose good neighbors! Hope you get some great new ones.

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    I took the fabrics outside and photographed them in natural sunlight. I'm starting to rethink the one on the right also

    I am going for muted. The neighbor is 82 yo retired minister and his wife's color palate (and the home decor) is pink, pink, pink, emerald green and more pink! In fact the realtor made her put away most of her pillows, throws, floral arangements and other decor as he felt the house wouldn't show well with the deluge of out dated colors.
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    I think pick different fabric and send me those. I like the right one the best but think they go well.
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    Even in the outside light the one on the right just doesn't fit (to my eye)--it is too reddish. To complement the other two seems like you need navy or chocolate brown.

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    Or an intense flash of the blue?

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    My first impression was pretty fabrics but the scale of the prints is too similar.

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    Actually, IMHO, it is in the eye of the beholder. Personally I love the combination.But I love muted tones. It will be soothing. Not all quilts need to be vibrant and popping. If auntpiggylpn chose these particular fabrics, there must be something that is pleasing to her. But that's just me.
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    I too am not fond of the one on the right - if you have a blue (tone on tone) that would work great

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    I actually think it's perfect for the color scheme you described, and I'm usually one for bold colors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggramma View Post
    I actually think it's perfect for the color scheme you described, and I'm usually one for bold colors.
    I too love bold colors and I think that is why I am struggling with fabric choices for this quilt.
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    I am making a quilt with this block now. I have found that a cream background works well. Moda has a pretty one that doesn't have any yellow in it. I like the two colors on the left also. I got two layer cakes of Moda's French General fabrics and found that the larger prints seem to fade out with the cream background, so I would stick to medium prints. One thing to watch for while doing this block is that all the seams after the initial seams are on the bias. Don't know if I would have tried this one if I had realized that. Using a lot of spray starch before doing any sewing. Should keep Niagra in business this month. :-)
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    I'm liking the left and middle ones together and think I'd exchange the one on the right for a vivid blue solid.

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    Subtle but pretty choices. I think with a white or off white background there should be enough contrast to see the pattern. Starch well and sew and measure carefully. The bias edges are tricky but they really helped me line up the little hourglass corners when I sewed my blocks together.

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    I like the fabrics. I think with a darker blue or brown for the background, all will play well together. I am one that has a hard time with muted colors, Love them when someone else does a quilt but I can't seem to make them work. Whatever you choose, I would love to see it finished.

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    Maybe add some blue? One of the fabrics has blue in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsews View Post
    I like the fabrics. I think with a darker blue or brown for the background, all will play well together. I am one that has a hard time with muted colors, Love them when someone else does a quilt but I can't seem to make them work. Whatever you choose, I would love to see it finished.
    I'm with cjsews... I think a rich chocolate brown would set it all off & pull it together. ...I see brown in the dark shades of the pink one. but a solid brown, not a blender. The three focus fabrics are all blenders.

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    My eye is drawn to the two on the left together, but not as much the one on the right. It does seem to have a pink tint and may very well be your reason for choosing it given the home decor. Maybe the man would enjoy something of his own with no pink. I like the idea of a blue or brown instead or even another muted batik that has blues and browns.

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    Love your fabrics! As others have mentioned (and after checking out the tutorial), I think the most important thing is making sure you have good contrast between the fabrics and the background choice. So, lay your chosen fabrics on the background choices and make sure they stand out. Other than that, go for it! It will make a lovely gift for a deserving person.

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    The fabric on the right doesn't have a pink tone to it! Must be how everyone's monitors are showing it. It is dark brown and the background is a smoky, dirty off white
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    I really like this combination. I think the one on the right is my favourite; it doesn't look pinkish to me. I think they go well together, although I agree with some other posters that a dark blue or brown would be my choice for the background instead of a light neutral.

    I like quilts with muted colour schemes. Quilts don't have to be the star of every room they're in; I like it when they share the spotlight with the rest of the decor. I think this will be a nice, quiet, manly quilt.

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    I don't like the two outside ones together. You need to add a splash of color. If the couple has has pinks and greens in their home they obviously like color.

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