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

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    I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I just came back from a quilt show, and so many of the quilts were simply outstanding. Over the years, I've tried to decide what makes me look twice (or three times) at a quilt and think "How magnificent!"

    I think that the choice (and combination) of fabrics has so much to do with how a quilt "feels" when it's all done. I am curious to read what other quilters think is the key to making one of those "WOW" quilts.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Each one is a work of art to me.

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    I love almost every quilt I see for at least one reason or another, but I think it's well done applique that pulls the most "wows!" out of me. :)

    But, intricate designs or a striking mix of colors or something innovative gets me, too.

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    For me, it's a striking contrast of color and shapes.

    Fiber Artist, what a cute puppy!!

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    I think the colors and the way the quilting accents the design.

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    the use of color and design layout

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    Colors and design would be the first.
    I tend to WOW over quilts that I think I could not make myself too.

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    Its the Colors that first "grab" me , then the design or the piecework , and then I look at the quilting.
    I was in a real rut and my quilts were .. boring till I started attending shows ,, the colors .. the colors ... it helped me get to a better place with colors and the placement of colors.

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    The colors draw my eye from across the room. But the WOW factor may become apparent as you get closer. Sometimes it is pattern, sometimes color, sometimes how the subject matter is interpreted.

    I remember a quilt I saw at a show a few years ago in Ashville, NC. It was a portrait of a quilter -- she was depicted as an 8-armed Indian goddess. Each hand multitasking with something quilty. The longer you looked at it the more detail you found. Awesome!

    Another show I saw a quilt depicting jazz and jazz musicians. Price tag on it was thousands (don't recall exactly) but were I wealthy, that quilt would have come home with me.

    Each very different -- but WOW indeed!

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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.

    I agree, it's the color that draws my eyes to a quilt, painting, piece of jewelry, clothing, sofa, etc......

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    i am always amazed by the hand quilted quilts - now that is talent.

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    I am usually in the minority. Wow! to me is high contrast with bright colors. I like most others, but this catches my attention instantly.

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    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.

    ali

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    Movement of the pattern. Secondary designs, color of course

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    I have not had an opportunity to visit any quilt shows, but everyday I go to the quilt show on the pictures page of this board. Because I'm a new quilter, when I see a picture of a quilt that captures my attention, I try to analyze what is attracting me. Color? Pattern? Execution? Depends on the quilt. I'm getting better handle on what is drawing my interest and hopefully I'll be able to incorporate that 'something' in my next project!

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    The quilting always jumps out at me first!!! :D
    I haven't been to a show in awhile and they were always hand quilted.
    I've seen so many MQ on the board that I've gone absolutely wild over!!! :D:D
    So that's my next venture :D:D:D

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    I would say color and contrast and then construction. Is it pieced traditionally or is it paper-pieced. I love fabric and quilts to me are the canvas that people display their artwork and talent with.

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    The difficulty of the pattern-- the workmanship (precision) and the color combination. In other words a quilt I would never attempt!

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    I say WOW at just about every quilt I see. Honestly. I love the different techniques and since I am a handquilter, those make me Super Wow.

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    I am drawn to a quilt that makes me think "How did she do that?". I love the challenge of the puzzle.

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    The pattern and the color combination.

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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.
    I guess BellaBoo summed it up perfectly for me.

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    The block layout is what attracts me most. My preference is for structure and symmetry. Next I think would be colour. To be honest I don't usually notice the actual quilting all that much at all.

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