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Thread: Which is More Important?

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    When you see a quilt, which do you think is MOST important for a gorgeous quilt?

    1. Color selection and coordination
    2. Complicated pattern
    3. TYPE of pattern (strip piecing, applique or paper piece)
    4. The intricacy of the finished quilting
    5. If it is SQUARED up
    6. If it is lump free

    Im not talking about it being in a juried show, what appeals and is MOST important to YOU??

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    #1 !!!

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    #1 :thumbup:

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    Color...............

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    #1

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    I would say #1, but in all honesty...the one choice you have is not there.
    That would be...how fast could the person send it to me lol

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    I agree, #1

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    #1. It's always the color that catches my eyes first then the design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    I would say #1, but in all honesty...the one choice you have is not there.
    That would be...how fast could the person send it to me lol
    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I would say #1 as well

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    I suppose when I look at other people's quilts it is colour, followed by design...complexity can be great, but there have been some very simple patterns that have outshone some of the more "detailed" designs. Intricacy of the quilting can be fantastic, but there have been some simple big stitch examples that have been outstanding.

    As for squaring up and lump free....well I am critical of my own if they are not "up to scratch", but I don't look for that in the work of others.

    Don't think I really have a "method" for deciding what's gorgeous....just what appeals at the time.

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    - funny timhi! But for prism, sharon and Kathy and 947 -- BOLD colors or pastels_

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    #1-always the colors.

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    "when I grow up, I want to quilt like Jinny Beyer"

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    That it looks like it's usable and will hold together.

    I think that is "none of the above" -

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    #1

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    Color is what first grabs my attention, but for me the sum of a quilt is much greater than its parts...it's the overall feeling of the quilt.

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    1&3. Anything that is hand-appliqued just catches my eye first. If its a pieced quilt, then color does.

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    A great looking pattern will catch my eye.

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    OK I think all of these things are important, but what stands out for me does it all work together. I just don't care for when one aspect of the quilt is fighting another (over the top fabric with over the top quilting -- each great on their own but not together) or just doesn't make sense (a simple Sponge Bob panel quilt with intricate feathers).

    But given your list of criteria, this is order I would put things in:

    1. Color selection and coordination
    2. If it is lump free
    3. If it is SQUARED up
    4. TYPE of pattern (strip piecing, applique or paper piece)
    5. Complicated pattern.
    5. The intricacy of the finished quilting

    The last two are really a toss up for me.

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    Number one!

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    Color and design go together for #1 in my view. And it is not necessarily how simple or how complex it is that gets my attention. It's simply a matter of does it please my eye. It may be very bold or very muted, very simple or very complex, but if it all works together and is pleasing, then I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRenea
    Color is what first grabs my attention, but for me the sum of a quilt is much greater than its parts...it's the overall feeling of the quilt.
    I agree completely! The technical aspect of the quilt is interesting, but whether or not I LIKE it depends soley on 'how does it make me feel'. If I look at a quilt and it makes me feel happy and I really want to curl up in it, then I like it.

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    I would say for me it is number 1 AND 2, although it is not necessarily the complexity of the pattern that matters, but just how attractive I find it. For example, I like curves, whether pieced or applique. I like certain blocks, for reasons I can't explain - cake stand, for example. I don't like other blocks (Jacob's ladder isn't a favorite).

    Color and pattern, in other words.

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    #1. A pattern does not have to be complicated to be eye catching. Simple pattern in good coordinated colors are great. Also, lots of pretty, intricate hand quilting.

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