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Thread: Need Help With Background Color for my Kaleidescope

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    Hi Everyone: Yesterday our quilt group met and learned how to do a Kaleidescope block which I absolutely LOVE. I had burgundy picked out but my block didn't seem to "POP" with the burgundy. My sewing group thought either gold or yellow and a couple thought shades of green. May I have your opinion. The flowers and the little berries on the block fabric are deep burgundy...the burgundy I picked out is a FLAT color...it's the only piece of fabric in that color that I could find that was 100% cotton so I bought it but once the block segments were laid out on it it just looked very flat. What do you think??? I would appreciate your opinions. Thank you.

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    Another couple pictures.

    Lighter, sage green
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    The fabric BEFORE we cut it up to make the Kaleidescope.
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    I like the burgandy, but since you don't, my next pick is dark green.

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    These are the quilt blocks our teacher made to show us all the different blocks that she was able to make out of her VERY UGLY DUCK fabric that she got at a garage sale ....9 YARDS for $1.00! Didn't her blocks turn out pretty?

    Teacher's blocks made from the ugliest fabric in the world...great big ducks, and all kinds of stuff on the fabric none of which was attractive in any way but it sure worked for this Kaleidescope block.
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    I like the light green myself. It pops nicely and the light green isn't overpowering. :D :D :D

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    Okey-dokey, Miss Feathers. This is a tough choice. I like the burgundy too because it really brings out the burgundy in your focus fabric, but you don't like it. So, I THINK I like the yellow as my second choice. It is very subtle. I would have to see more than just that one block on the yellow to know for sure.

    BTW--your fabric is just gorgeous and so are the blocks you made from it.

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    I want to second Marcia's point about making more than one block before deciding what your background will be.
    The reason is revealed in your teacher's sample - - each block will look different, with different colors being accented.
    The burgundy looks flat because dark colors recede, the lights in your block pop forward, and I do believe that the burgundy really highlights the red in your berries.
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    I like your dark green ... it makes everything look rich, including the background.
    I love colors and can hardly wait to see how you work this puzzle out

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    I like the dark green,

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    Well I liked the burgandy, but since you are not convinced then the dark green is my next choice. I think the dark green makes everything pop . But as the others have said maybe put a couple more blocks on the fabric and see what happens.

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    I seem to be alone but I like the yellow/gold the best. I think it really shows off the block nicely...

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    I love the burgundy... sorry, but it just speaks to me.. I love doing kaleidoscopes and do them in an 8 pointed star pattern.. yours is lovely.. I really like that fabric.

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    How many blocks will you be doing? I love the burgandy and the gold. Can you do some of each? 4 blocks in the center with one color surrounded by the blocks with the other color? It all depends on how you want the whole quilt to read, something bold or something subtle.

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    the light green,an the goldish yellow,and a lite rose would be nice to.But use what ever you like the best it's your quilt.

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    I really love your block!!! Good Job!!! I would pick the dark green...but like others have said...it would be nice to see the other blocks and what they all look like against these same fabrics :wink:

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    looks great and I would go a very dark green, darker than what you have. but I do like the burgundy also :mrgreen:

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    Okay I'm really going off the wall here. Each one looks great on all the different backgrounds, because each one brings out something different on each group. I don't know how many you are making but you could audtion them all on different backgrounds and try to get an even amount of differnet background. I hope that makes sense.

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    Wonderful block. I like the yellow/gold. Dark green is my second choice.

    You see what happens when you ask for opinions....you get almost an equal number for each choice.....let us know which color gets the most votes.

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    I like the yellow but I agree - make a few more and then choose.

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    dark green, and that was / is some BEAUTIFUL fabric!

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    I like the burgundy and the dark green. The dark green is my favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STAR
    looks great and I would go a very dark green, darker than what you have. but I do like the burgundy also :mrgreen:
    I agree with STAR on the dark green. Most of the kaleidascope fabric is floral and dark green would set it off. Sort of like flowers against a background of green foliage.

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    Sure don't know what the other blocks look like but I love the gold with this particular block it makes me think "Happy".

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    Oh the light green is perfect!

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    okay, I know everyone is waiting for it - -
    Have you considered BLUE???? 8)

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    I like the burgundy best too. It makes the yellow really pop. But if you don't like that, I agree with trying a really dark green.

    Good luck, and be sure and post the finished product.

    Oh, the blocks look great! :D :D

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