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Thread: What makes you look at a quilt and say "WOW"?

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    Senior Member Jennalyn's Avatar
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    Absolutely the colors for me. That goes for most things - I'm just a color fiend! I notice colors in everything and form strong opinions based on them.

    I'm embarrassed to admit, but it takes one heck of an amazing quilting job for some quilts to look more than "pretty but boring" to me. I'm jaded by jewel and earth tones, I think.

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    I'm drawn to the colors and the ways they blend sometimes and in some quilts the way they pop out from each other. After that I look at the design,but it's the color selection I think that can really make a quilt say,"Come closer and look at me".

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    It is the colors in a quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    The color! A quilt can be absolute perfection in workmanship but if the colors are not right then the quilt is not pretty to me.
    agree.

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    I agree with BellaBoo. It is the look that shows the colors to their best.

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    The colors and how it is put together to make a design

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    I love the colors and certain styles, I love traditional styles I guess or old fashion, pastels and reds and whites are some of my favorites.

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    For me the color, pattern, and style the quilter used.

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    I love them all! Colors attract me first but knowing what goes into them always gives a WOW factor to me. Baltimore quilts and anything completely hand done wins my heart every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat
    I look at a variety of elements:
    color
    texture or pattern
    pattern of the quilt
    how the quilt is made: is it well done or just plain sloppy
    the backing and label
    the quilting
    the overall effect
    the story of the quilt

    It takes it all to make it work for me.

    Some quilts I love even though there might not be much contrast. Other quilts have the contrast but the textures are so equal that the overall effect is more than just disappointing.

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    AliKat, I agree with all that you said, and if a quilt really makes me say, "Wow!", I think there is also something indefinable in how it all comes together, something different...

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    It's all in the fabric for me!! That's why I never liked too much quilting on all that pretty fabric. You simply must see it all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Patsy's "Mom"
    I think color and fabric choices, design, workmanship and that personal touch that makes it unique all go into the making of a fabulous quilt.
    All that and since I am a LA quilter, I check the quilting - it needs to enhance the beauty of the piecing. Quilting can make or break a quilt...turn beauty to awful or a sow's ear into a silk purse!

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    I love all quilts. To me they are all beautiful, some may not be my taste but I love them all

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    Color draws, me pattern holds me, workmanship amazes me

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    Seems to me a lot of the wow factor in a quilt is contrast, just as with an artist, the ability to see light and shadow is what makes it take shape and be appealing.

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    Color!! In the last couple of days I have looked at the starburst pattern from Keepsake Quilting in a few different colorways. The first one I saw made me say wow and now I want the pattern. The last one I saw was nice but wouldn't have made me want the pattern.

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    i agree the thing that makes or breaks a quilt for me is how color is used

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    For me it's mostly color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    the use of color and design layout
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    It is rare that a quilt gets a WOW from me, but I must say the design and fabric choices such as in Dunster's Log Cabin Diamond Star quilt.

    The other thing is when people can take tiny bits of fabric and create an incredible scene, such as people's faces and places that require depth and perception to view, without changing the shape of the patches. One such quilt was a rocky canyon and it was magnificent.

    I am no artist. I like my traditional blocks in nice colors and that is my limitation. I don't care to create art, but something that will provide warmth and comfort for the recipient.

    I envy many who have real artistic talent in creating their quilt and love to view them, but I don't get the WOW to often for traditional quilts, which I love.

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    Color for sure is the first thing that grabs my attention. But I think what really "WOWS" me is when someone produces a well constructed and designed quilt from their own mind. I have nothing against following a purchased pattern, but I am always amazed by individual creativity.

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    I look for the unusual use of color. Traditional quilts done in un-traditional colors. I am also so a sucker for unusual uses of florals. I can't explain the others, but there are a lot of them on here.

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    It has to have the "WOW" factor.

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    Good question.... I think it is the theme of the quilt for me.

    Some quilts just speak of "simplicity" or "romance" or "whimsy" or some other overarching concept. When I can look at quilt and sense the theme and feel some emotional connection, then I utter a "wow".

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    Fabric and color attract my attention but it is usually a quilt designed around nature (such as landscapes quilt or animal themed ones) that makes me stop and look the longest.

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