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    I had several pre-cut practice squares that a lady gave me some time ago. I have been putting them together. I also tried using the same color scheme to make additonal blocks. I am wanting to put these together as a lap quilt. I want to use the quilt as you go method that was shared on this board. I know it is kind of scrappy but that is okay with me. I just need to know what color or print to use for the backing since it will also be showing on the front as a sashing. Please help with suggestions.
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    Hi there,
    I think a dark color/print would bring out the colors of your blocks.

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    Red seems to be a color thru out the quilt blocks, or you could try brown, that seems to be another color that would go with it. I love the blocks, very pretty!

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    Hi! I would audition fabrics and see what color pleases you. What catches my eye for possibilities is a med-dark grey or pink.

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    My first thought was black (solid), but then started thinking maybe a black and white print. Audition checks or strips, cut across the strips and it would look that piano keys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chamby
    I had several pre-cut practice squares that a lady gave me some time ago. I have been putting them together. I also tried using the same color scheme to make additonal blocks. I am wanting to put these together as a lap quilt. I want to use the quilt as you go method that was shared on this board. I know it is kind of scrappy but that is okay with me. I just need to know what color or print to use for the backing since it will also be showing on the front as a sashing. Please help with suggestions.
    I have these on hand. What do you think?
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    The 2nd one. Its looks beige on my screen. Do you happen to have any dark green? When looking at your blocks I see a lot that in them and think that might look nice also.

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    I think you need something darker and that reads nore as a solid to bring out the blocks.
    But that is my opionion!LOL
    do what you like!
    I always go with the "oooH"
    whenever choosing fabrics the one that makes me fo "oooH" is the one to use!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    The 2nd one. Its looks beige on my screen. Do you happen to have any dark green? When looking at your blocks I see a lot that in them and think that might look nice also.
    I thought about the dark green. but the first block has dark green in the boarder. I thought that this would blend in too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlaceruby
    I think you need something darker and that reads nore as a solid to bring out the blocks.
    But that is my opionion!LOL
    do what you like!
    I always go with the "oooH"
    whenever choosing fabrics the one that makes me fo "oooH" is the one to use!
    I am all for the darker too. But with so many colors in this one where would I go in the color choice.

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    Pretty blocks! I have an affection for scrappy looks :)

    I'm sure you could ask twenty quilters and get twenty different answers! Someone earlier mentioned the "ooooH" factor - and I know you'll find just that right "oooH" fabric to bring out all the pretty colors!

    Please post a picture of the finished quilt - I'd love to see it.

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    neither, not enough pop, (or contrast)
    for an idea and see if you might like black, take a piece of black clothing and lay out a couple of the blocks.

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    The orange under the dresden plate or the red in the churndash blocks would be my choices but if you don't have any of those left--black is always a good plan B.

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    I think you need to decide also if you want the fabric to blend with the blocks or make the blocks POP.
    if blend then maybe the beige/tan print
    but if you want pop then go with red or black

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    Thanks for all of the suggestions. I will look at the black. It was actually my first choice. I thought since there was already black in the blocks that it would not work. But now I am re-thinking that idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chamby
    Thanks for all of the suggestions. I will look at the black. It was actually my first choice. I thought since there was already black in the blocks that it would not work. But now I am re-thinking that idea.
    Okay, I was thinking about the black and then remembered that I had a red with micro dots just sitting around. What do you think about this?
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    I would go with black it will make the colors pop then use any other color you want for the back

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    I think the other red you have doesn't work with that.
    You could do a black that isn't such a deep black. I'm not sure if I'm getting that part across right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texas granny
    I would go with black it will make the colors pop then use any other color you want for the back
    you have to remember that I am doing the quilt as you go method. So what ever is on the back will be the sashing as well.

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    okay here is the black. I think that some of the blocks get lost in this color choice.

    the dresden background is actually a red and not orange. The colors do not show well in these pics.
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    can you add cornerstones? If so try the micro dot with black cornerstones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chamby
    okay here is the black. I think that some of the blocks get lost in this color choice.
    not really sure how I would do that with a quilt as you go method.

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    You can make the connecting strips any color you want. Just sew them to the square you are using for the backing. I think a narrow black sashing would really make the patterns pop. Any fabric you like can be for the backing.

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    How about 2 borders, one cranberry and then the black.

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    I personally don't like the black, it feels harsh to me. The block that you're concerned about with the green. I would go with the dark green (almost forest) color. What about a navy?

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