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Thread: HELP WITH HIDEOUS YELLOW

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    Several years ago as my first quilting effort I did BOMs at Hancock Fabrics. They turned out pretty well for a beginner and I would like to put them together as a quilt top. They stopped carrying the colors (for good reason) before I bought the sashing and the yellow is screechingly hideous -- the picture doesn't do its "hideousity" full justice -- so I don't know what color to use. I would appreciate suggestions.
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    Your blocks made me think of some fat quarters I have. They are floral in blues, yellow & green. Can just see something like them for your sashing, one of your blues for a narrow border & then finshed off a wide border of the floral again. Maybe find a floral with these colors but with a white background, which may help calm the colors some.

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    I think I would use a beige or brown for sashing or you could be daring and try tea dying. that would tone down all the colors. And I learned a newword! "hideousity"
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    LOL! Sorry! what a prediciment. So you have blocks for complete quilt, but no sashing? Or is the pic all the blocks you have?

    The fabrics are all blenders, do you have a stash fabric that has 2 or more of the colors? A blue? A green? Sash it in that? No stash? buy a bold geometric or a floral that picks up the colors.

    If those handful of blocks are all you have, sew them together & give as a baby gift. I like to make tummy time mats. Very heavy quilts that wont scrunch up when baby wiggles. Usually back with denim for the weight/stability. A baby will love your bright colors. (and won't know they are "ugly" :-D )

    sorry about duplicate info, see I was typing from the first post only....

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    How about a dark green sashing. It would act like black and tone things down. You are right the colors look great in the photo

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    As long as those colors are so primary, how 'bout a red blender for sashing. Navy for the stopper strip and a bright primary print with all those colors for the wide border. If you can't beat 'em, join em! I like brights - can you tell?

    Actually, I really like red and yellow together.

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    I'd look for some printed or floral fabric in similar colors. Cut this into blocks the same size as the ones you have & put one between each of your 'yellow' ones.

    Or you could make potholders, pillows or table runners...

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    I think black would look good, but I don't think the yellow looks bad. I love bright colors bordered with black. They really pop.

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    I would stay with the marbles, not adding any florals or prints at all. And, in my opinion, beige and/or brown would just look like mud with those brights.

    I'd go with the same dark blue as sashing then a narrow border of the light blue and a wide border of the dark blue again. Another obvious choice is a black marble in one wide border with the dark blue as sashing. The blue will balance the yellow without making it look sickly (or sickening).

    I actually like the colors. :oops:

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    How about trying hot pink? Use tonal, no prints.
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    If you don't have very many of these, I would make pillows for my porch. Bet they would be very pretty.

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    use a small plaid ,check in blue and white or a small floral print with several colors to include your block colors

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    If you don't like the color, try to tea dye them to tone them down a bit. Try on a scrap first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    I would stay with the marbles, not adding any florals or prints at all. And, in my opinion, beige and/or brown would just look like mud with those brights.

    I'd go with the same dark blue as sashing then a narrow border of the light blue and a wide border of the dark blue again. Another obvious choice is a black marble in one wide border with the dark blue as sashing. The blue will balance the yellow without making it look sickly (or sickening).

    I actually like the colors. :oops:
    I think this is a great suggestion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    I think black would look good, but I don't think the yellow looks bad. I love bright colors bordered with black. They really pop.
    I would also go with basic black - You could also try cutting some strips in different colours and "auditioning" them next to your blocks. But I still like the idea of black.

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    the best way i know how to tone down a bright yellow is with grey

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    Remember when it all gets quilted that the color of the thread used there can also help detract from the yellow.

    A friend just finished a similar BOM project. She used a solid sorta marbled color for every other block, used one of the block colors [not yellow!] as sashing, and put the whole thing on pointe. It came out looking great. The every other blocks and sashing really toned down the yellow.

    Then the quilting will also help.

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    I would go with black or dark gray if it was me. I do like the colors too.
    I love your new word....hideousity!!!:)

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    I would say black!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmouse
    LOL! Sorry! what a prediciment. So you have blocks for complete quilt, but no sashing? Or is the pic all the blocks you have?

    The fabrics are all blenders, do you have a stash fabric that has 2 or more of the colors? A blue? A green? Sash it in that? No stash? buy a bold geometric or a floral that picks up the colors.

    If those handful of blocks are all you have, sew them together & give as a baby gift. I like to make tummy time mats. Very heavy quilts that wont scrunch up when baby wiggles. Usually back with denim for the weight/stability. A baby will love your bright colors. (and won't know they are "ugly" :-D )

    sorry about duplicate info, see I was typing from the first post only....
    I have enough for a WHOLE QUILT TOP! The baby quilt is a good idea, but do they make sunglasses for babies? :lol:

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    I think plaid sashing and borders would help. Personally, I love yellow.

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    What great ideas, and so fast! I posted the picture, put a pot roast in the oven and came back to two pages of suggestions. It's so great to have so many helping hands/heads always available. I like the floral idea. It might make the quilt clever instead of tacky.

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    I like yellow, too, but this is real "fingers-on-the-blackboard" yellow.

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    Got to wear dark glasses, i would have no idea. I seen some good ideas posted

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    I'd be worried the black my raise the hideosity factor! :lol:

    Navy ... that way you stick with the blues that are there, and are just adding another to it.

    Batik ... You might find a really nice batik that would blend well with this.

    Jungle Fabric or Hawaiian Print ... that has your colours in there.

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