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    What would you do?

    I have asked for advice on this board before and have been very pleased with the response. What would you do to these 12 blocks? They are 12 1/2 x 12 1/2. I don't really care what size this turns out to be. Sashing-what color or colors? Border or borders-what color or colors? Thanks in advance for all your suggestions.
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    I would definitely sash them so you don't lose the individual blocks..I would arrange them from darkest overall to lightest..The sashing I would pick would blend with one of your colors, but not exact, to highlight the different designs---maybe a very light grey??

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    Do you have any more of the fabric's used? Those are very pretty blocks and I would be tempted to set them with alternating solid blocks to really showcase them. If you don't have enough fabric for that - but some - I'd sash them with cornerstones of 4 patch.
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    IMHO sashing is a must when the blocks are so pretty, it frames them like pictures. Maybe a yellow, then borders in the rose and the dark.

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    I love your blocks and that creamy butter fabric. I think I would see how that would look as sashing.

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    Definitely sash them or separate them somehow. The design is too busy and the blocks are lost.

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    Definitely sash them, and consider putting them on point. Somehow sampler quilts look much classier when set on point.

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    I'd do something a lot more interesting than just rows of blocks with plain sashing. I have a couple of patterns that have sampler type blocks but I don't think you can get the patterns. There is at least one book about how to set swap blocks that is likely to have more interesting things to do with sampler blocks.

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    Another vote for setting the blocks on point...either with sashing, or alternate blocks. As for color for the sashing...maybe a darker burgandy?

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    Thanks for the advice so far.

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    Blocks on point with a rail fence sashing and nine patch cornerstones, to pick up and repeat what is in the bottom left corner block in the pic. Only I'd have 2 dark fabrics in the rail fence, either the burgundy or black, and a light middle fabric (maybe the butter yellow? It's so pretty!) Very nice blocks! The top will be lovely whatever you choose to do.

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    They are really beautiful....I like the on-point idea, but would be inclined to go with the charcoal and the light stone/grey colour for sashings/borders. Depends how much fabric you have left over, but whatever you decide it will be just fine....you have a great eye for fabric/colour.

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    Great ideas!!

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    Sashing definitely. That would make the blocks stand out. They are very pretty and will make a beautiful quilt. I think a light color such as the buttery yellow would make the blocks pop. Show us what you decide.
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    I am a design wall girl! lay them out and "audition" them. I like the on point idea. Last time I wanted to put a block on point, I hated it that way! (go figure...I usually LOVE them on point). Try out a couple sashings underneath. Even if you do it at the quilt shop. I think sashing is a must with these. You lose the design when they are 'mushed' together. Did you piece them? I like them alot!
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    Agree with the others about sashing. I'd use grey and black to make the blocks pop.
    Trying out ideas on a design wall will tell you what you need to do.

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    I wonder how a black sashing would look........
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    Those are just excellent blocks!! Since there's already a lot of yellow, I'd probably go to a darker color. The darker burgundy or black sound good. So does auditioning fabrics on a design area. Show us when you're done! Happy sewing! :-)
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    I think on point with a thin frame of a tonal something around each one and a tonal plain block between. Altho these blocks are sharp, when put together in something, there needs to be places for your eyes to rest.......also a sash and regular border to frame this piece of art in......whichever way you do it, it will be your creation.....have fun....

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    Your blocks are beautiful. Please share pictures of your final top.

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    I had a set of blocks like that, made by different people,only they were not all the same size. So I framed all of them with a color that matched that block. Some had two frames, as they already had one frame on when I got them. And some got a tiny frame and then a larger one. You could frame each in 1/4 inch of black or something very dark, and then another frame. After they were all framed and the same size, I put them together with a very light 2 inch sashing. When my granddaughter saw that, the first thing she said was, "Looks like a quilt show." So that is the name of that quilt. "Quilt Show" Each block is showcased. I have another one in process right now.
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    I would try using the very dark color that is present in your blocks and use that as sashing. These blocks and the colors are gorgeous, can't wait to see what you do!
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    Very pretty blocks. Like everyone else, I agree with sashing in a darkish color with a nice border.

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    Great Blocks; I agree on a solid sashing to set them off. Maybe alternate the colors on point if you know how. Please post a picture when you finish them. Very Nice indeed!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I'd do something a lot more interesting than just rows of blocks with plain sashing. I have a couple of patterns that have sampler type blocks but I don't think you can get the patterns. There is at least one book about how to set swap blocks that is likely to have more interesting things to do with sampler blocks.
    Do you have the name of the book.? I would be interested in checking this book out on setting swap blocks?

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