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Thread: I know in my heart that this looks wrong--help!

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    I know in my heart that this looks wrong--help!

    I'm making a sampler quilt for my DIL. From the beginning it has been a disaster. I only had a few fat quarters, so I had planned to do a lap quilt. She came in one day and said she really wanted it for the bed. Sooooo, I found some matching tonals, and a couple of matching florals and went for 12 blocks. She's OK with the colors. The blocks are finished, but 4 are wrong. Nothing wrong with the way they are sewn, but they don't look right on the design board. I've moved them around til I'm turning blue!! LOL I can get her to come put them in the order she wants, or I can make pillows with the three I hate (one of the four she loves) and make three new blocks that will fit.

    I plan to sash with the dark red, make a smaller border with the small flowered print and a wider border in the blue if I can find it. If not, a wider dark red.

    What would you do?

    If you can, please rotate this pic to the right, on my design board the heart is in the top left. I'm not good at posting pics. LOL
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    To me it looks like some of the stars needs to be moved around and the heart, X and cross like block moved to break up the points a bit. Hope that makes sense. Other then that it is beautiful. Which 3 block does she not like???

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    I don't see anything wrong with the way you have it layed out.... infact, I really like it

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    Your blocks are beautiful. Which blocks don't you like? I do agree with pinkberrykay. If you can't decide on where to place the blocks, have her come over and put them where SHE likes them.

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    I would put the top left one in the center and then rework the three on the bottom by adding the third and fourth colors to the two outer blocks -- and use the flower pattern on the x in the middle to lighten it up a bit. It is very pretty so I think you can make it work. You could also try just putting one on each corner too

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
    To me it looks like some of the stars needs to be moved around and the heart, X and cross like block moved to break up the points a bit. Hope that makes sense. Other then that it is beautiful. Which 3 block does she not like???
    She absolutely loves the hearts!! The bottom three are the ones I don't think fit (on the second photo) I'll admit, I'm ready to be finished on this and I was looking for blocks that went together easily. I like the idea of breaking up the points I'll try that in the morning. I don't think she would notice anything wrong. But it would drive me nuts!!

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    I think you've got a great start! audition it on your design wall with the sashing and see if the layout needs to change. At first I would agree that the "x" block on the bottom needs to move away from it's left hand neighbor, but maybe the sashing will take care of the issue. And, since she loves the hearts, move it to a center position, maybe in the top row to give it some importance. Keep going!

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    It looks good to me. Maybe it is the 4 blocks that have the floral print in the squares that is throwing you off a bit. Consider one in each corner, then put the hearts and 8 pointed star in the center, placing the others in the open spots. It does look great though - the colors are wonderful.

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    Yes, leave the hearts and other 2 i mentioned just move them around to break up the points. Im thinking the heart needs to go in the middle b/c its the only one with soft corners, all the others have points. Or, make three more heart blocks and put each one in the 4 corners.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bamagal View Post
    She absolutely loves the hearts!! The bottom three are the ones I don't think fit (on the second photo) I'll admit, I'm ready to be finished on this and I was looking for blocks that went together easily. I like the idea of breaking up the points I'll try that in the morning. I don't think she would notice anything wrong. But it would drive me nuts!!

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    your more OPEN blocks need to be either in the center around the darkest/busiest block or in the four corners!

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    If you took the X all the way out of the quilt and made a lighter weight one for that , wouldn't it look more even weight-wise?

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    try switching the first one in the second row with the last one in the bottom row does that help?

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    The only change I would make is to exchange the heart block with the dark blue and burgundy X. I think it will anchor the corner opposite the dark blue Churn Dash? I am never sure if that pattern is the Church Dash or Hole In the Barn Door? I think they all look great together and I wouldn't exchange any of them.

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    I agree with quilting candy - the blocks with the flowers in them are too close together. They are all beautiful so it will come together.
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    I'm guessing that the big X is one of the ones you don't like.

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    I think you've looked at it to long. I love all the blocks and I think once you sash it all it will look different and come together. It's really pretty. I want to do a sampler quilt soon after I finish a few things first. I really like the colors you used. And I really like the idea of the hears being in the cente of the quilt and others radiating out from there. Good luck. It's truly going to be a pretty quilt.
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    i agree with barny take away the heavy too dominant block [middle bottom on 2nd lay out] may be rework it with the floral

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    It's very pretty. Have you considered sashing it? I think that might give your eyes a bit of a rest from all those points.

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    I love your blocks, you did such a good job. Once you put the sashing in it will bring it together.
    You are at the stage with the quilt when something always looks wrong. It happens all the time. By the time I am putting on borders and binding nothing is right with a quilt. Six months later it looks fine. Quilter's remorse .
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    I agree with those who say --add your sashing now--it is really hard (for me) to imagine what it is going to look like without actually seeing it put together. I, too, would put the heart block in the center. You might try making diagonal rows of blocks with similar values--when you look at it, it will provide some continuity for the eye and still spread out one's visual impression. Going to be a beautiful quilt. Keep working!
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    These are great! I agree with everyone else, add the sashing (at least lay strips on the design wall.) I think it will make a big difference in how everything looks.

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    All I can see is, how beautiful it is. I don't know how it should look. I can't find a thing wrong with your layout.
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    Lovely colours and blocks - the only one that looks a bit odd to me is the X one - looks heavier/darker than the rest - perhaps a more 'open' one would be better there

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    Have you tried putting the hearts in the centre? Because they are rounded and all the other blocks are angular this may draw them together. You are almost there and the colours are fab, well done. Let us know what you decide.
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    I love the blocks as for the last 3, what I see is the two that dont seem to fit. the bottom row, it is the blocks on either side of the center, they only have two colors in them as all the rest have three that is why they seem out of place. If it was me I would applique a small square in the center of each of those two blocks , of the missing color that would balance it out and then they would fit, you must have some small scrap of the blue and red. Hope this helps, great job.
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