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Thread: My First Attempt at Quilting

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    Senior Member hensandhollyhocks's Avatar
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    Hi! I am new to the Quilting Board and to quilting. I am attempting to piece my first quilt (a wallhanging) and am already questioning myself?! I have been a nervous wreck just cutting the pieces out! Any suggestions on this piece? You won't hurt my feelings. A few of my main questions are....is the purple fabric too bright?....should I "break up" the ivory 4 corners with a coordinating ivory with color?....and also, I was planning on yet another border around each bird panel in it's own color, but now I am thinking that would be too much?

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    I like what you have. I am fairly new also and will be watching this thread to see what the more experienced quilters suggest....but, to me, it looks really good. I don't think the purple is too bright. Your birds are just beautiful!

    If you are thinking of another border around each bird, take a picture of this one and lay it out with your other idea. Sometimes looking at pictures makes the decision easier.

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    These blocks have so much potential. I like what you have done so far. Someone else may have some other ideas for you.
    Welcome from Louisiana:)

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    I think it is very pretty. I would use one of the colors you have in the wallhanging for a border and then maybe another color for the binding. Looks like you are doing a wonderful job.

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    I think it looks great as is. :) Only thing I would change is the green border pieces that close to each other? In the top right hand side and the bottom middle? That being said, you dont want the greens to meet with the other block either I would guess... so maybe leave well enough alone?? lol... :)

    The additional border would be pretty maybe? And that would also break up the ivory corners? But hard to tell with out looking... :)

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    I dont think the purple is too bright at all. Keep going.

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    I have the same fabric. Pretty birds. Question: Why are you doing double sashing? I would take one of the rows of sashing out between the rows.SO for me the order would be sashing - bird square - sashing - bird square.....OF course it is your top so if you like it as is, that certainly works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hensandhollyhocks
    Hi! I am new to the Quilting Board and to quilting. I am attempting to piece my first quilt (a wallhanging) and am already questioning myself?! I have been a nervous wreck just cutting the pieces out! Any suggestions on this piece? You won't hurt my feelings. A few of my main questions are....is the purple fabric too bright?....should I "break up" the ivory 4 corners with a coordinating ivory with color?....and also, I was planning on yet another border around each bird panel in it's own color, but now I am thinking that would be too much?

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    My suggestion would be to sew one block together, see how you like it, then do another. I think it is fine the way you have it, but when you have each block made you may decide you want a sashing strip between each block to break up the tan. But I would make that decision after I have all the blocks sewn. Congratulations on what you have so far, I like the purple in there.

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    Hello and welcome! I like it just the way that it is. If you have enough of the background color of what the birds are on (green) then see how you like it as an additional border once you put it all together. Adding borders is always a good way to enlarge a quilt that you otherwise don't have enough fabric to make bigger. Or you could add more borders of some of the other fabric in the quilt. And no, the purple looks good. It adds some color other than the earth tones. Very nice job. Each quilt you make it will get easier to cut into that fabric. There are no mistakes in quilting. Just a chance to learn and expand our horizons. Cheryl

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    Quote Originally Posted by hensandhollyhocks
    Hi! I am new to the Quilting Board and to quilting. I am attempting to piece my first quilt (a wallhanging) and am already questioning myself?! I have been a nervous wreck just cutting the pieces out! Any suggestions on this piece? You won't hurt my feelings. A few of my main questions are....is the purple fabric too bright?....should I "break up" the ivory 4 corners with a coordinating ivory with color?....and also, I was planning on yet another border around each bird panel in it's own color, but now I am thinking that would be too much?

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    Welcome from Atlanta, Georgia!

    I think you are doing great. I think the purple is fine and not too bright. The hardest part for me is laying out the project and rearranging the pattern a 100 times...many nights staying up too late just to rearrange one more time. You might try MadQuilter's idea of one sashing between the birds and see if that strikes your fancy. I can't wait to see the finished piece.

    Have fun with it!

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    I think its wonderful! IMHO I would probably do a dark sashing between the blocks to break up the beige. Maybe a brown, black or grey. Just an option.
    ;)

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    You are off to wonderful start!!

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    I like it exactly the way you have it now. You are
    doing a fantastic job on this.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!

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    welcome aboard
    lovely blocks :)

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    Personally only my opinion...I'd take out one of the middle borders and only have one. This way you'd have the botton one, one middle one and the top one...Then I'd frame the entire piece and do a binding...If you want to leave the extra middle then I'd put another frame around all 6 using the same color for each, then border, then bind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suebee
    I dont think the purple is too bright at all. Keep going.
    It looks fantastic and I love the bird fabric. The purple is great, it adds sparkle!

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    Thank you for all the wonderful comments and advice! I really didn't expect much of a response and you are all wonderful! Thanks again! I will post a picture of the finished piece when I am done.

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    I can't believe this is your first quilt! You're doing GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! :D
    Can't wait to see the finished work! :D

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    looks awesome as is

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    Keep on a sewing!! Love your bird panels and your colors you choose to go with them. :)

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    Only thing I would do is add a solid border around the whole thing (and as far as the double sashing, leave it on, it adds a little something extra). Nice job. Welcome from New Jersey.

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    I think it is great the way it is , and I love all the colors,
    keep going :D :thumbup:

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    I like it as you designed it - double sashing and all. good job so far.

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    Welcome! I'm with you on being indecisive with my blocks as well, but go with your gut and it will turn out well. I think it's really pretty what you have set up with your blocks.

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