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Thread: Help - Is this quilt layout working???

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    Help - Is this quilt layout working???

    Hi

    I have made this quilt using the Amy Butler Hexagon free pattern and the Cake Rock Beach fabric but now that I have sewn some of it together I'm not sure it looks right. I've tried putting it away in the cupboard for a few months to see if I like it any better when I got it out again but sadly the answer is not really.

    I can't decide if it is the layout that is wrong, if I need to introduce a couple of new hexagons in different fabric, or if I should put white border between the hexagons. I would love to hear what others think - should I have courage and carry on or does it need some adjustment.

    Sorry the picture isn't great, I took it on my phone and its a horrible day outside and the quilt top is rather wrinkly!

    Thanks
    Yvie
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    Sorry you don't like it. I do like it...Maybe add some borders in a contrasting color. I did a quilt once that the center was way too busy, pretty though, but it all worked together when I added the borders.

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    I happen to like it as you are doing it. just finish it and then see if it needs a border. i wouldn't unsew it at all myself.

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    It is looking good. The polka dots are giving it it's pop. As the other's said, keep working it and I bet you will like it once it's all together.
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    I like this alot! The only thing I think I would change around? the two hexagons in the upper right corner. I don't like it when two of the same color match up. Maybe just making a new hex for that spot? a solid border might help too. Try laying it down on a solid sheet and see if that helps?
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    I think its awesome. Keep going!!
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    Sometimes when I don't like a quilt

    A) I leave it hidden for years
    B) I give to some one who loves it to finish
    C) I experiment with the wack it into various bits at odd angles of black zinger strips. In the case of this one yellow could work or orange. Something a bit out of the ordinary.

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    I like it! It would probably help for you to get it up on a wall where you can see it from further away. If you don't have a design wall, you can pin it to your curtains or stick pins behind the door molding on a doorway etc...

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    I agree about swapping those two hexagons. I do like it - the fabric choice is a very cool one and there is good contrast overall. I say put your chin down and keep going. Sometimes the most difficult quilts become the ones we cherish the most. (Or, at the very least, relish giving away haha!)
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    I like it! The only thing is to make sure that none of the same colors are touching. Only take out those blocks that have the same color (like blue or white) touching, then keep going. It'll be lovely!
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    Quote Originally Posted by traveler53 View Post
    It is looking good. The polka dots are giving it it's pop. As the other's said, keep working it and I bet you will like it once it's all together.
    I just finished one of those "I don't like its" its been in a box for 3 yrs Well now that its done I love it It started out as a gift for my bro /sil .I made them another one so unless my SIL begs me on bended knee : ) I'll keep this one for myself

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    I agree that none of the colors should be touching. Other than that, I would keep on keeping on. Good luck and show us pictures when it is finished.
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    I like your fabrics and the layout. Keep going and keep us updated on the progress.

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    it think it's the size problem....you need to be all the way across the room to see it...and then i think you should quilt in the deep teal to 'mute the contrasts between the white and gray and the white and teal.... i think the border comments were right on... i would do a tiny white, 2" gray (or whatever the width of your strips is), and then a generous teal...the teal thread would be tone on tone for the big border and blend the other two colors and borders together... i think it's lovely and you have just achieved some sort of burnout...it will be a whole different store when you get the borders in place...

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    Thank you very much for your encouragement and advise. It's great to have some other opinions. I now feel much happier about carrying on with this quilt top and I will take your advice and change out a couple of pieces to ensure the same colour pieces aren't touching.

    Thanks again.
    Y

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    Yes, it is working. I would go for borders of yellow or another warm color.
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    I do like it this way. Are you using more than one border? My opinion is to use 3 in contrasting colors. You will probaby like it better when it is finished
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    Overall the layout and color combo are very nice and pleasing. I do think that the one hex that may be throwing it off is the one without the darker color in it (upper left hand side) All other hex that you atre showing have the dark color in them. I would suggest either to leave that out or to put it in the middle. Try printing a pic in grayscale to see if any squares look out of place or use a door peephole thing to see how it looks. Good luck and post so we can see what yiou end up with.

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    I think it's really cool. I absolutely love the color choice. It looks great. Only small detail would be the two dark touching but again, it's really nice even with that.
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