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    help needed with a design dilemma please

    I was given 9 of these blocks to use for a Linus quilt. Someone went to a lot of bother to make them so I want to make something nice with them but they look like shadows against any other color I've tried so far. All my fabrics are bright - well mostly - and yellows, ginger, green, white...all make the blocks look grey.
    Any suggestions from people with a better eye for color or design would be much appreciated.

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    I would pull a green from the block, a medium value I think.

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    Anastasia leans towards yellow...or perhaps mauve.
    These blocks, both in color and style, are as opposite to my usual style as you can get.

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    Yes, maybe the green I tried was too strong

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    QuiltinPeg do you have any suggestions for style? should I just insert plain blocks or try to mirror these in some way?

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    Acually my first thought was navy blue, but I think that would be too strong.

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    IMHO, absolutely green! with pink corner stones!
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    I would sash the blocks at about 1/4 of the width, kind of a lattice look. They look like the could be climbing a trellis.

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    Maybe a soft yellow or peach?

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    I like the cornerstone in pink idea.

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    I like the lattice idea

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    I was thinking use white but make snow ball blacks of same size using what looks like peach in the block as the other color in the snow ball block. Maybe using thes lights will make the blocks you were given stand out, and yet will create a secondary design making them all merge.

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    I'll go off and make up a few samples - thanks very much

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    I would sash them in a very soft creamy ivory with peach cornerstones.

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    I'm thinking along the same lines as Dunster. Peach or soft yellow or light pink. Try to pick up the colors in the flowers. The green would brighten the quilt. I think it would be very pretty with all soft pastels and they would accent the gray in the blocks.
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    I would take the blocks to a fabric store and lay them out on a fabric to see what they would look like. Don't think you only have to use a solid color, many blenders and like fabrics might look nice too. I tried to find border fabric for one of my quilts, and kept buying what I thought would look good with it. I didn't like anything until I tried the blenders with the blocks.

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    That's a good idea KSellers. I'll do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltinPeg View Post
    I would sash the blocks at about 1/4 of the width, kind of a lattice look. They look like the could be climbing a trellis.
    That what I'd do tho I think I'd go for a peach or other warm color that goes with the colors in the blocks. They're beautiful blocks & will make a fabulous quilt for some little person. Please post when you decide how to use these little gems.
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    i would use a very pretty yellow, believe it would make it pop. joyce j

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    I'd take the blocks to the store to find blenders to go with them. I'd keep the soft, blendy look too and I'd probably do a triple sashing with 9 patch cornerstones.

    Sort of like this,

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    The colors are soft - but pretty.

    Not all quilts have to POP POP POP!!!!

    Calm and soothing is also good.

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    I agree with sashing... and a medium green, with perhaps blue cornerstones... they truly are pretty blocks...

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    I would take a block to the fabric store and hold it in front of myself and let it pick the color from a wall of bolts! I have very good luck in doing that sometimes. I think I'd lean toward the coral color, but a bit brighter than what is in the center block's flowers.
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

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    I would keep that quilt is soft, comforting colors - soft peach or very soft green - match the colors in the blocks with blenders.

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    The triple sashing with nine patch cornerstones quilt which was posted is gorgeous! That would look great with your blocks in soft (very light and a bit darker) colors.

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