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Thread: layout help with my first quilt!

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    Question layout help with my first quilt!

    This is my first shot at quilting. I figured I could probably sew pretty straight lines, so chose this pattern. Plus I love it!

    I'm not quite happy with the layout of the small strips, but I can't quite figure out why. Does anyone have any suggestions for moving elements around? This current look is what the instructions said to do, but it's not grabbing me, yet. Or is it just because it's hanging on the wall?

    I hope the color comes out ok on this site. On my Mac, I can never tell how images are going to look.

    Any help would be appreciated. I'm about to go nuts with it.

    Thanks. Lori
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    I like it! Once it is framed with borders, and quilted, it will be beautiful!
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    I think you'll be surprised once it's sewn and bordered. Great pattern.
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    Oh that's neat. It will be a beuatiful quilt when it is finished. Keep going and show us when it is finished!

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    Maybe move the center dk yellow to the upper left corner and see what happens. I think it is going to be stunning when done.
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    I like it, but for me I would have to loose the yellow. The yellow just grabs my eyes and I miss the overall quilt. But that is just me and my old eyes. For me it would be more purple.
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    It looks good as it is. Perhaps as a change- move the yellows to all be more towards the top, rather than bottom. Maybe give it kind of a sunshine aspect-??
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    IMHO I feel the yellows should be more spread out. The eye immediately is drawn to the center where all the yellows seem to be converging. Other than that, I think the overall look is quite lovely and I look forward to seeing it complete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariposa View Post
    It looks good as it is. Perhaps as a change- move the yellows to all be more towards the top, rather than bottom. Maybe give it kind of a sunshine aspect-??
    I agree maybe moving the yellow can help, also maybe a darker purple can pop the blues and lavender

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    Quote Originally Posted by PTM View Post
    This is my first shot at quilting. I figured I could probably sew pretty straight lines, so chose this pattern. Plus I love it!

    I'm not quite happy with the layout of the small strips, but I can't quite figure out why. Does anyone have any suggestions for moving elements around? This current look is what the instructions said to do, but it's not grabbing me, yet. Or is it just because it's hanging on the wall?

    I hope the color comes out ok on this site. On my Mac, I can never tell how images are going to look.

    Any help would be appreciated. I'm about to go nuts with it.

    Thanks. Lori
    Hmmmm. Looks like you are doing a "Maverick Quilt" design. Perhaps the yellow would work if the strips were narrower. Otherwise the bright yellow is a bit glaring. How about adding some strips with the purpley brown? Otherwise I love the design and colors.
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    l *love* your quilt! l think it will be so pretty when finished ........ cool pattern ... simple, yet interesting



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    I think it is very pretty as it is. However, if I had to suggest a change, I think I would like it with just plain bold purple strips. I think that would make the blues and other purple hues just stand out more.

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    I love the fabric and the colors. For me it is very relaxing. I took a piece of paper and blocked the stripes with yellow/gold in them (left to right) so that only the two left stripes were visible. That would be the adjustment I would suggest and let the yellow in the fabric just be the sun breaking through the other colors. What is your border/binding going to be? Perhaps frame it in narrow yellow and continue with your border? Please keep us posted. Great first quilt!


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    Now that I look at the pattern image , I can see I'm missing the interlocked idea that she's got going. Not sure how that happened...
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    The border will be blue, quite similar to the pattern; maybe a bit brighter. I'm thinking maybe take the paler yellow out all together and put the lighter blue in it's place, then use some of the other "blender" fabric where the lighter blue is.

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    I really like it, I am trying to figure out how to put my strips together. Enjoy making it.

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    Yellow adds warmth to a quilt, try grouping the yellow strips light to dark...will give more of a bargello look...and maybe group all the yellow strips together

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    OK, this rearrangement looks a lot better and more like the pattern. I need to figure out what to do about 1 more blending fabric. To use more of one that's already in use, or get another one!
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    I like it much better with the bright yellow gone. How about bringing in more of the deep purple stripe?
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    layout

    I think it looks okay but if you are not happy with it move them around until you do like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheaha39 View Post
    I like it, but for me I would have to loose the yellow. The yellow just grabs my eyes and I miss the overall quilt. But that is just me and my old eyes. For me it would be more purple.
    I also think that the yellow would find a different quilt. I love the quilt pattern.
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    very interesting. I havent see this before. I like it!
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    The 2 bright yellows draw my eye to the . Maybe spread them out more and turn the bright yellows so they are on the bottom as well.

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    I love the colors and the design, you are doing a great job, love to see the finished quilt please.
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    I think it's pretty.

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