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    Layout HELP!

    I am a little caught up in the OCD of the layout and have lost sight. I have tried SO many different ones, and can find something wrong with all of them. The blocks run Red, Pink, Yellow and Cream with a few (literally) misc ones that tend to be more cream colored, but have darker colors in them. I keep trying to vary the colors and patterns but keep crossing them. Here's the latest one. Please give me some advice. I know you're going to stay step away and come back to it, but I've done that. I've been trying to figure out a layout for a week now! ugh! TOO much time on it, I know.
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    See that red just POPS and it's annoying me. lol
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    What is missing is your borders. If you use the darker colors, reds, pinks, they will help balance your lights/darks in the middle. Before committing to cutting strips for your borders, just fold and lay them across the top and sides. Let your choices "rest" for a couple of days, then change and study them again. You will get lots of good opinions and suggestions from this group of helpful quilters, that's for sure. Take each suggestion and give it a try. I'm glad you haven't sewing your blocks together yet. When it comes together, you will be very pleased.
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    I like the lay out and agree the right borders will pull it together!!

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    You might want to take a photo, each time you change it. You might just like the last one and not be able to do it again. i think it will be great!!

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    Ok this is the border I had bought, based on the fact that it was her favorite fabric of them. It doesn't look good does it... :-( UGH!
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    Oh and I AM taking photos. I just thought I'd save you all the trouble of having to go through them. Maybe I OUGHT to post them...
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    1st

    This is the first one I tried. (The original one I posted was the most recent)
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    I think it's more the row of blocks. Do you have enough fabric to add 1 more row on the right? I think the bottom left and top right should match. If you can understand what I'm looking at. I also agree the addition of borders will make a big different. The pattern is lovely though!

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    It's 7 across and 10 down. I've used all my blocks. I did try 6 x 10 but it looked weird.
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    6x10

    Here is it as a 6x10 (vs the 7x10) but it ended up being too repetitive in color. Idk.....
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    Is it possible to concentrate all the darker blocks in the middle? Then let each color fade to the next.

    I'm in the same place as you. I've been letting a bunch of blocks "rest" on the design board. So far, nothing looks right to me.

    Let us know what you end up doing.

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    I like your first one better, and I like your boarder fabric but it lacks the POP. Do you have a dard red that you could frame with a narrow boarder BEFORE the light boarder?
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    By the way I have one on my board today too. Took pics aso I could compare, and I think I am going back to the first one LOL
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    I like the 1st one you did
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    THE FIRST ONE I LOVE. It just needs a dark on the border to repeat the darks in the quilt. It will look really good.

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    I like the first one, too. The popping red is what gives it life! And I also like the red blocks laying in the same direction. I get confused looking at the photos where they are laying in both directions.

    I also agree with getting some of the dark red in the border. And some white. That will make the whole thing come together. It's a lovely quilt!

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    Do you have enough of the darks to make an on-point square in the middle? If not, I like the first one best and think a dark inner border might work. Please show us when you decide!

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    WOW, this is FUN! Love all the ideas. I prefer the way you scattered the reds in what you said was your first layout and tend to agree with someone who suggested a dark border; if you want to use the light flowery one, I'd put it outside a darker inner (and more narrow) border. Been through this process so many times myself!

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    Did you see that the lower right block in the first photo is turned the wrong way?
    My eye "sees" 15 darker blocks, do you have enough fabric to make 3 more? Then all the darks could be in the diagonals you have going in that first photo layout.
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    Well, kind of what I was doing was red, pink, cream, yellow (though not always in that order) but I was trying to not have any of the same colors touch, though they annoyingly had to touch corners. Lol. I have less red than any other. I can totally go get the red for first border though! When you guys are saying you like the first one, do you mean the first one I posted here, or the first layout tried, which was the third picture I posted. Lol
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    I like the idea of using the darker blocks nearer to the center. I would also add a darker inner border and binding. It's pretty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingVagabond View Post
    Did you see that the lower right block in the first photo is turned the wrong way?
    My eye "sees" 15 darker blocks, do you have enough fabric to make 3 more? Then all the darks could be in the diagonals you have going in that first photo layout.
    Haha, youre right it is turned wrong! Lol thanks! Yes, I actually do have. Ore of all te colors. I accidentally bought two layer cakes and this quilt is one. So I have all of the otner one I can borrow from...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatquarters View Post
    I like your first one better, and I like your boarder fabric but it lacks the POP. Do you have a dard red that you could frame with a narrow boarder BEFORE the light boarder?

    My thoughts exactly, narrow red followed by your border fabric, then maybe bind in red.

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    I like your jewel box. I also like the border you showed, but I think you would do better to use one of the darker colors as well, dark then light. Try it out and see what you think.

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