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    first try at obw

    I had this fabric for a long time and thought I would try my first obw. It is turning out real dark and I am not sure if it will look right.

    Should I try to find a lighter fabric that would go with it to brighten it up or will it be o.k. dark?
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    I like it ... the darker look will make for a very dramatic quilt. That's a great fabric and will give you some interesting patterns, as already showing with the first few blocks. You've just got a few blocks done so far, and yes, they are dark'ish, though that's not all that bad. Many like a dark quilt!! Plus, you'll see some more colour punches coming with the golds, whites and blues as you make more blocks.

    If it's too dark for your liking, you will be able to brighten it up when you choose how to border and finish it up. I like it and if you're really disliking it, just bundle it up and send it along to me!!!!!!! Otherwise, I'll be green with envy and will look forward to seeing your progress.

    (FYI ... the bottom left hex, you don't have all the triangles facing the same direction.)
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    I think they will look great with a gold fabric (like in your squares) put in between to form the star pattern between the blocks. That would brighten it up if you think it's too dark. I think it will be very nice just the way it is with the original print in a nice wide border.

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    I think it'll be pretty! There's a lot of colors in that fabric.
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    I think this will be a spectacular OBW, keep going.

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    Well it looks like you are off to a very fine start! I love the designs you're getting with the fabric you chose--I think it looks wonderful the way it is; very dramatic.
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    Thanks for the advice. I had them on my design wall that is in the hall. It is dark there. Now that I see them in a different light they don't look as dark.

    Thanks for pointing out my mistake. I kept looking at that and thought it didn't look right.

    This is so much fun. I have already ordered some different material for my next one.

    I have a friend who has a cabin in Northern Michigan and I think this will look great at her place.

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    Kudos to you for tackling it! I think with the variety of color in your fabric it won't actually finish as dark as you're thinking. Please remember to give us a peek at the finished quilt! Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skowron5 View Post
    ........Thanks for pointing out my mistake. I kept looking at that and thought it didn't look right.........
    Thanks ... I hesitated, as I didn't want to upset you. Though I knew if it was me, I'd want to be told, as it'd be too easy to miss it til after it was sewn. And I don't think any of us like having to do reverse stitching!

    Have fun with the process. I found that each set of triangles was another surprise, and I couldn't wait to sew them together and see what was waiting to pop out when I opened it up!!! YOu can have some fun, by twisting the pieces and deciding which direction of the triangle gives the most interesting kaleido design or made the colour pop the most.

    One warning ... it's very addictive as you want to see what all the hexes look like!
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    Looking great so far, would love to see the finished quilt. Peggy
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    I think you could brighten it up by using more of the sections with golds and yellows and more of the light blue water area. Just a thought. But what do I know? I've never done a OBW.

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    Looking great so far, watch out, they are addictive, I'm on the lookout for more fabric for another one, my 4th LOL
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    Thank you for showing the original fabric. It is so fun to see that. It is really dramatic and beautiful. Maybe you could do a few of the cubes to get more light in there. But I think once you lay it out you will be pleased with it
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    I agree with the other comments. Don't make the final decision until you have finished all of the OBW blocks and moved them endlessly around to get the color flow that pleases you. The border or borders you choose will help pull the colors from the blocks.
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    Tartan is right on the gold color between. They are really pretty. If it's like painting, you need light, medium and dark in things. JMHO

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    This is going to be FABULOUS! I can already picture it bordered out! I have 3 fabrics purchased for my next 3 OBW's. Love Love Love that whole process! Congrats and post the finished quilt, won't you?

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    Here are the pieces done. This was taken in the hall and I couldn't get the whole thing in, but you can see what I mean about it being so dark. What color border would brighten up the quilt?
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    Keep on going with the dark ..it changes so much with the placement, borders and binding. I did one I love it.

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    Any hints on placement?

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    It's gorgeous colors. I can't wait to see what you decide to do with it. Good Luck and keep us posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skowron5 View Post
    Here are the pieces done. This was taken in the hall and I couldn't get the whole thing in, but you can see what I mean about it being so dark. What color border would brighten up the quilt?
    It's hard for us to see how dark/light it is ... the top left the blocks look like the flash has overbrightened them ... and I am suspecting the bottom right is darker than IRL. The best way for you to get some ideas for the block placement and borders would be to look at other OBWs and see what you like about them. Take note how they have the colours flowing ... you don't want them going in straight lines, more so in swirls or curves. At least that's what I like ... and others may have different ways they like to see it.

    Likewise for the borders. There's countless ways that people have finished off their OBWs that are very creative and you could draw on for yours.

    Border colours ... I see gold, green and blue as being the first ones I'd audition. Some of that might depend on if you have enough of the uncut fabric to use in your borders or not. If not, I'd probably work with the black or dark brown along with the colours I mentioned.
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    I'm really liking the look of your quilt! Considering it's for a cottage, I think the colours are appropriate. How about lightening it up with some blue, maybe representing the lake? Keep going!
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    oooohhhhhhhh, I like it!!! I have a piece of deer material I couldn't figure just what to do with and I think you just solved my question. Looks great so far, keep us posted as you progress!!!

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    I would leave it in those colours.
    I think, as does QuiltE, that if you don't like the finished blocks when done sash and or border them with light or bright.
    So far I think you might be surprised as they look great
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    Looks great!!!

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