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Thread: Baby Quilt : Am I heading in the right direction?? Or......

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    I am not feeling too confident on this baby quilt layout.:( I cut 6" squares from 7 different fabrics. I am trying to form some kind of pattern but it's offset due to only 6 rows wide; would 7 rows be better?? Do I need yet another fabric to add to this combination, another print perhaps?? I feel the green sticks out like a sore thumb :shock: I am not a fan of this shade of green. DD picked out that fabric, these are baby's colors for his room...

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    Sometimes random is the best pattern. Try laying out the fabric in diagonal rows if you have enough of each print to do that. Another thing you could do if you want to minimize the green is to do a disappearing 9 patch, using green for the middle squares in each block. They will end up 1/4 the size and if you lay it out right would create a nice pattern from the green squares. Just a thought!

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    I think that the colours and fabrics are lovely. Would it be better arranging them such that they form a more noticeable pattern? Diagonals? Rows? Perhaps after that you can add a few applique pieces? Just a thought? :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Just had another thought! Scary! How about stitching 4 together, then adding sashing in the darker blue that is in one of the prints. Or even sashing between each block if you wanted. Either would look nice. The sashing would tie it all together and make it look less random I think.

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    love the colors.

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    I originally had it laid out that way, in a 4 patch and was going to put sashing around the 4 patch.... I have searched for that deeper blue to no avail. I was thinking that it might look better that way too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Just had another thought! Scary! How about stitching 4 together, then adding sashing in the darker blue that is in one of the prints. Or even sashing between each block if you wanted. Either would look nice. The sashing would tie it all together and make it look less random I think.

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    I love the colors esp the green - just keep playing with it - sometimes I lay them out in a diagonal pattern sometimes not. You will know when you find what you like.

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    I think random would be just fine for these prints.

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    I think you're heading in the right direction...just keep playing with it. Here's another thought: Label each fabric 1 through 7 and consider arranging in a diamond shape (an odd number of columns would look more balanced). Row 1: 1 2 3 4 3 2 1, Row 2: 7 1 2 3 2 1 7; Row 3: 6 7 1 2 1 7 6, etc.
    You could also use your least amount of fabric squares at the corners or diamond points. OR lay them out diagonally: r1) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7, r2) 7 1 2 3 4 5 6, r3) 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 etc.
    Have fun! Whatever you do, I'm sure she will love it.

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    If you want the up and down pattern you were headed for, you do need another fabric. Can't have a center to make your turn with an even number. I think the green will be fine when it's stitched together. It's funny how stitching fabric together makes them match. I didn't like the gray in this runner, but it worked out.
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    Irishrose, your runner is beautiful. Thank you for the suggestion.

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    The first quilts I made were baby quilts using 7 fabrics. Here's a pic of one. Maybe it will give you an idea of how you could lay yours out...

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    I need to retake that picture. The border is a very soft coral and the prints are much softer.

    Cowgirl, that quilt is darling. Another that matches because it's stitched together. Nice mix of fabrics.

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    Cowgirl: Thank you so much for posting that photo. Your quilt is darling! That really helped me see how my fabrics could look much much better! Thanks!

    Thank you to everyone for your wonderful suggestions and encouragement!! :thumbup:

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    I love the colors and I think the green is just perfect in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Sometimes random is the best pattern. Try laying out the fabric in diagonal rows if you have enough of each print to do that. Another thing you could do if you want to minimize the green is to do a disappearing 9 patch, using green for the middle squares in each block. They will end up 1/4 the size and if you lay it out right would create a nice pattern from the green squares. Just a thought!
    I agree. The green would pop more with a 'set' pattern, as in a D9P. All the fabrics are wonderful together, nice subtle coloring. When using this many different fabrics, sometimes it flows better when there is a designated design. Show us the results please!

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    Can you separate the greens a little more -Maybe border it in a blue tone if you want to cut down the green. I think your prints match very nicely with the solid colortones.

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    You've got a nine patch design. How about making it as a disappearing 9 patch? I'd use the larger print in the corner squares and probably a green in the middle and the blues on the sides. Then you'd have the green as the little squares and the blues as the rectangles. I love the color combination.

    Or if you want to use all the fabrics, you'd have a scrappier look that would also be good.

    Oops - that's already been suggested - don't know how I missed that!

    I wanted to add that if you do the D9P you'd loose a little fabric in the seams, so if you're after a certain size, you might want to add a border, and the "I love Mommy/Daddy" fabric would be perfect.

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    ~ I like your pic...I think it is perfect! ~

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    I Love the colors. We just put one together for great-nephew with some of those colors in it. Maybe if you did more of the pattern fabric or found another that would go with the rest and cut back on the green.
    Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divokittysmom
    Cowgirl: Thank you so much for posting that photo. Your quilt is darling! That really helped me see how my fabrics could look much much better! Thanks!

    Thank you to everyone for your wonderful suggestions and encouragement!! :thumbup:
    Thanks Divokittysmom. That was the second quilt I've made. It was for my great-nephew. For 6 of the fabrics I used the 6 receiving blankets that his mom registered for. Added a fabric to make the 7th set of squares & backing.

    You've got me curious now. I'll be watching to see how you decide to do yours. Lots of great ideas given here.

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    Here is another placement for the fabrics thanks to the photo provided by Cowgirl.. I think I like the uniformity more than the randomness.
    Still out to lunch however! giggle

    Still wondering if I need to bring another print in to add a bit of pizazz to the quilt.

    I thought I would re-post the 1st pic along with the new photo of the new placement of fabrics.

    I do plan to add a blue border to the quilt.

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    What had you thought of using for a border & backing? The bolder print with all the colors would look good for a border & add to it.

    lol - I see in your 1st pic that you did a screen shot of the quilt I posted. How cool to help 1st hand with your creating!

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    **Just saw that you are going to use a blue border. How about an extra row or 2 of that bolder print to break up all of the softer prints/colors?

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    Those colors look lust like a quilt I saw on line - a nine-patch with white sashing. It was in google images of nine-patches. 9 nine-patches with white sashing by a professional - somebody picked the fabric and paid for it to be done.
    I love your colors - they are my favorites! - try grouping them in clumps, maybe sashing?
    the fabrics you chose are so pretty!

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