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Thread: what's wrong with this top

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    I thought of some embroidery or applique too. Then the bonnet would be more 'dressed up' and the bright yellow wouldn't be the first thing you see.
    You could do a pieced border with some of the yellow in it, to bring it together, but not all yellow.
    It has an old fashioned appeal, don't scrap it, you have way too much precious time and lovely work into it.
    I suggest a lighter flower on the bonnet, maybe a lavender?
    Is that what that strip, or ribbon is in the sashing? I'd use a print though.
    This top is way better than you think :wink:

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    cute quilt

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    How about a nice bright purple and yellow print, like pansies print, or something like that for the border? That will help tie everything together. Then maybe a really deep purple solid for the binding. Just MHO

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    i was loking at your top maybe if you look at the butterfly fabric look for a color in there that will make the quilt top pop in color ,i can,t see to well but dose the butterfly fabric have like a brown or rust try putting those color against it from border and stand back and see it makes it look better to much yellow or purple will not make it pop in color

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    So now all you have are the blocks? Which by the way are very nice, love them.
    frame each block in a dark color to match the bonnets, sashing; add corner stones in a color to match or blend with the yellow/gold background.
    Then you could add a narrow border out of the cornerstone fabric, and a final, larger border of a multi color or print with the colors in the bonnet and background.
    I really like where you're going here. I'm just thinking, EMBRACED THE YELLOW

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    So now all you have are the blocks? Which by the way are very nice, love them.
    frame each block in a dark color to match the bonnets, sashing; add corner stones in a color to match or blend with the yellow/gold background.
    Then you could add a narrow border out of the cornerstone fabric, and a final, larger border of a multi color or print with the colors in the bonnet and background.
    I really like where you're going here. I'm just thinking, EMBRACED THE YELLOW! I think if you went with a soft yellow in the sashing and the darker bonnet blue in the cornerstones it would help tone down the yellow that you aren't satisfied with. I think the blocks look awesome. Sorry you had to take it apart, that's so frustrating. :-(

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    NO more yellow. Yellow is a color that you need 1/4 of what you think you need to get the effect. It can truly take over the quilt and I know what your feeling because I learned a hard lesson with it myself That Said.. its a pretty quilt kind of colored like a pansy and everyone loves pansies so you should finish it with what you have and find comfort in the fact you can now start something NEW.. it helps to lay out the colors you bought in a swamp pile on the bed or floor. If you think one color is used more than the others leave a much bigger piece of that unfolded and then fold the others to the approx preportions they would be used. Stand back, squint with your eyes and look at what you have.. does it blend? does something yell at you when you look at it? does something that worked when you picked it not work at all when you view it this way in regards to the other items sitting with it? There is probably a good word for this, I however dont know it. I know there is a fancy mini reverse magnifier that you can use to view through that does a similar thing.. I like to squint. Excellent at it. And I can afford the tools required. Be easy on yourself and the quilt.

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    love the quilt,also like the suggestion of a yellow border to pull it alll together, vey beautiful nice job.

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    I would definitely add some white - perhaps around the blocks, then use a dark color for the binding. One thing I often do is to add a small ( cut 1") accent strip in the border. Pick a color from one of the prints - but NOT yellow or purple. It is amazing what 1/2" will do to set a quilt off!

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    I love your Sun Bonnet Sues!! But I would get rid of the sashing, and maybe go with a dark blue , calmer sashing. And I don't like the purple.The sashing just seems too busy to me. But that is just my opinion, and I am envious of your Sun Bonnet Sues, they are adorable. I think you need plain between them so they can really shine.
    As with everything, you will get lots of opinions, but you should finish it, they are just too cute not to!

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    I think Sue enjoys butterflies but this print may be too busy for the sashing. Since you've already taken this apart, you are ready to try again. It looks like her bonnets are dark blue and it might be that the same "color" will highlight Sue instead of distract from her. With all the work you've done on that, you want people to see Sue, not the sashing. Try taking a couple of blocks to the store and put them on some fabrics there and see what the possibilities are. Remember the color wheel when choosing something. You've got blue (I think) and yellow--where to go from there? Sometimes I pick out fabrics and put them on the living room floor for a few days to walk by it to see if I like it over and over--and with the changing light of the hours. Just tossing out an idea--to tame that yellow that you don't like now, what would it look like to put some triangles on the corners?--snowball blocks? But you may not have enough room to do that? Just play with it but you have some really cute blocks. Don't give up! From here I think I might like to match the sashing to the bonnets.

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    I liked the idea of the rust or soft brown to match B.F.'s too much yellow is a bad idea

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    I like it! Add yellow to border? YES!

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    Please tell me you did NOT rip that quilt apart???? I love it . I had one I felt the same way about, but I do not rip out. After all that work I would just give it to my sister who rips out everything if it is not just right. I loved the colors. I loved the quilt. Maybe we could post pictures of the quilt tops we have that we hate and trade for someone elses they hate. LOL

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    I am always amazed by how colors can "change" dramatically according to what fabric you put next to it. I think you can tone down that bright yellow if you find a different sashing fabric. If it were mine and I had nothing suitable in my stash, I'd take a block with me to the fabric store and see if I could find something that would make the yellow more subdued while miraculously showing off the bonnets to their best advantage at the same time.

    Sometimes a quilt block looks great all by itself, but a whole quilt of the same block is sometimes overwhelming. I like your Sue block and think she's well worth saving.

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    As you can read, most of us can't see a thing wrong with this quilt. Perhaps you are just sick of seeing it since you have been working so hard on it... :D Why don't you just back it, quilt, use a dark lavender(purple) binding and enjoy it......then start on a new project! Sometimes, we just can't love everything we start and that's OK.....just finish and move on......Personally, I like it!

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    Morning All,

    For the Sunbonnet Sue quilt I would stick a feather in her bonnet. Or as others have said fussy cut some flowers for the bonnet. I vote for a darker final border.

    There is nothing wrong with this quilt. It adorable!

    Nana Kate2 (aka Quilter 68)

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    Please don't squint. It's not good for your eyes. You can find the peep hole tool at any Walmart, Lowes, or hardware store and it's cheap so buy two. It's a must have tool for me when deciding colors for my quilt.

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    Isn't it funny how our own quilts look bad to us but great to everyone else??? I think it's really cute, and for your second quilt I would say that's pretty amazing! I also like the idea of flowers for the hats- even 1 per hat, and yeah, get some yellow in the binding.
    GREAT QUILT!! :D

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    I meant to say yellow in the border.

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    I think it looks great. And, a yellow border would draw some of the attention from the blocks themselves. Make it balanced.I'm bettin you don't really like bright and bold colors?

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    What a beautiful quilt. I think a dark blue border with yellow binding would look great

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    Yellow boder. And it is so cute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
    Gee wiz! The quilt I see is adorable. Did you take a picture of the wrong quilt???

    I love it. Quilt and bind it, it is adorably cute!!!
    Ditto :thumbup:

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    love the quilt !!!!!!

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