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Thread: How To Make This Panel More Girl Friendly.

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    greys and pinks and embellish the dinos with rings, bracelets and necklaces.

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    How about batiks that have splashes of green and pink and yellow? I bought some recently at Hancock Fabrics...in fact their batiks are 50% off through today.

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    I'm with earthwalker, ferns would be awesome.. I have a couple of dinosaur tops made with fossil material, but it's rust and tan..it is a great blender for dinosaurs. I LOVE that panel.. do you know who makes it? I'm also wondering about taking it and trying to find some fabrics in solids or batiks that will reflect/co-ordinate with the green in the border and make a "trip around the world" border around the whole thing.

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    applique some flowers on these bushes....

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    I don't think its a drab panel at all, I think its great. It has lots of colour in it. You don't say how old your daughter is? Not that it makes any difference, as she has asked for it, she must really like it. why not let her help you chose the colours?

    I don't know why you would put it together differently for a girl. I think your idea of "forest" colours is great, especially if you include some gold and purple and autumn tones as suggested. I'll bet your daughter will love it. Please post it when it is finished, I'd love to see it.

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    I'd cut off the green borders and just use the printed center. Then I'd pick out fabrics in colors that are in the panel but are more feminine. Depending on your daughter's age, you may look for butterflies or flowers etc. I'd make blocks to go around the panel to make it the size you want.

    From the looks of the panel you should be able to find purple, gold and green fabrics to compliment the panel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzsooz
    Quote Originally Posted by Ps 150
    My oldest daughter has always been our girly girl and my youngest daughter has always been our tomboy. It seems that they've been rubbing off on each other in the past year as my youngest daughter changed her favorite color to pink (though she's still a Giants football fan) and my oldest daughter still loves her Cinderella dolls but recently started loving dinosaurs. A friend gave me this fabric panel of dinosaurs and I was attempting to make it into a simple wall hanging when my daughter asked me to make into a quilt for her bed.

    My question is this; she's still mainly a girly girl but wants this very drab fabric panel made into a bed quilt that's not too drab for her girly tastes. I'm coming up blank here. If I were making it for a boy, I would use lots of forest colors in it but not sure what to do with it as a girls quilt. I was thinking of using an autumn yellowish-orange-red (using the colors in the background of the panel and the reddish oranges in the dinosaurs) to brighten it up a bit and making this the center, but I'm just not entirely sure.
    Would love to know where your friend got this panel. My DH is a paleontologist and I would love to get this for him. I've wanted to make him a quilt for a long time and this would be perfect!!

    And why can't girls like the forest colors? I wouldn't make it too bright or it will detract from the panel and make it look washed out.
    My friend got it from a friend and so on. It's one of those pieces that just was traveling to find a home. Sorry. My youngest would probably love forestry colors since she's so tomboyish still. But my oldest loves her girly colors and dinos and this panel.

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    My oldest is 8 and my youngest is 6. My oldest is currently on a quilting project (a Chinese Coin) so I might save this to do with her since a panel with pieced blocks and a log cabin are more than easy for a beginner. She's totally unsure of what to colors to go with it.

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    I think dinosaurs are bi-sexual. Ummm, I mean uni-sex, uh you know gender non-specific? Anyway, dinosaurs roamed around when the Earth was still pretty swampy and I don't think, other than flowers there was much in the way of pastel colors. I think vibrant reds, blues and maybe a few pink flowers thrown in for effect would be great. JMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruck9085
    I think dinosaurs are bi-sexual. Ummm, I mean uni-sex, uh you know gender non-specific? Anyway, dinosaurs roamed around when the Earth was still pretty swampy and I don't think, other than flowers there was much in the way of pastel colors. I think vibrant reds, blues and maybe a few pink flowers thrown in for effect would be great. JMHO
    Oh, yes, I totally agree that dinos are a unisex theme. It's just that my oldest DD is still a bit girly and likes her girly colors. Not necessarily pastels but brighter feminine colors as well.

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    Don't forget to lighten up with some soft gentle greys to pick up the stone colors. and maybe more beige picked up from the sky but not matching. Lighter colors usually say more 'girl' I think.

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    A dusty lavender or earth tone batiks -My niece has an 8 yr old little Girly-girl all ruffles and lace refuses to wear pants or shorts her 2 favorite critters are Pigs and dinosaurs -her bedroom is really different- Barbies on dinos and pigs right next to the dream house and hair salon funniest little girls room I've ever seen

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    I agree with earthwalker, purples, lavendars, greens, and take your daughter along so she can help choose the colors and ideas for the finished quilt. Wish you lots of luck, let us see it when it a finished top.

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    i'd add some prairie points somewhere too. maybe in several colors.

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    With that as the center it is going to be hard to make it girly I would be tempted to make a small throw and add colors in the panel framing it as you need to enlarge. Multiple strips would keep it simple .

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    I like the purple/greens/golds with a punch of ruby idea.
    Also.. batiks!
    I've seen some really cool batiks with different patterns that you could use to theme the quilt.

    I'm looking forward to seeing how you go forward!

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    I would add some sort of beading to add an extra girly touch!

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    I think I'd choose to fussy cut the panel into squares/rectangles and crazy quilt around them with a variety of white on white fabrics. Or perhaps ask your daughter what interests her about the panel... Is it the individual animals and plants or is it the picture of the time period as a whole that attracts her?

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    I see "girlifying" the dinosaurs as a fight with the picture.
    Why not make two sides of the quilt, with the dinosaurs and the matching colors on one side and, using the same colors on the other side along with pinks and purples, making that the "girly" side? This way, she can use whichever side she feels like that day.......girly or not girly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyl
    I see "girlifying" the dinosaurs as a fight with the picture.
    Why not make two sides of the quilt, with the dinosaurs and the matching colors on one side and, using the same colors on the other side along with pinks and purples, making that the "girly" side? This way, she can use whichever side she feels like that day.......girly or not girly.
    I like this idea! As the wife of a paleontologist it just seems criminal to alter the panel. It is a really nice dinosaur scene. Hard to find any that aren't all goofy, anatomically incorrect dino prints.

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    This would look nice with dark purple and Green and some yellow Batiks. That would bring out the panel and look girly. You could do pinwheels around the panel or 1/2 squares to make a star around the panel.

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    yellow and purple

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ps 150
    My oldest daughter has always been our girly girl and my youngest daughter has always been our tomboy. It seems that they've been rubbing off on each other in the past year as my youngest daughter changed her favorite color to pink (though she's still a Giants football fan) and my oldest daughter still loves her Cinderella dolls but recently started loving dinosaurs. A friend gave me this fabric panel of dinosaurs and I was attempting to make it into a simple wall hanging when my daughter asked me to make into a quilt for her bed.

    My question is this; she's still mainly a girly girl but wants this very drab fabric panel made into a bed quilt that's not too drab for her girly tastes. I'm coming up blank here. If I were making it for a boy, I would use lots of forest colors in it but not sure what to do with it as a girls quilt. I was thinking of using an autumn yellowish-orange-red (using the colors in the background of the panel and the reddish oranges in the dinosaurs) to brighten it up a bit and making this the center, but I'm just not entirely sure.
    I see purple/lavender, cream, and yellow in the panel, could go with a combination of those colors. Are you adding blocks around it and then borders or just borders?

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    I really like the suggestions of using batiks with the jewels tones of gold, green, and burgandy.

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    If the border isn't there, how about purple, beige/tan, do I see limeish green in there?

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