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Thread: Need help/opinion on design

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    Junior Member rebeccalr's Avatar
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    I have decided to possibly make a quilt for a silent auction for my children's school. I want it to be school specific. I don't have a quilting design program, so I have just made something up in photoshop. The design is not perfect. We are the Watertown tigers and the colors will be as shown, white, purple, and black. I will be piecing all of it, no applique. Probably bind with black. What do you think of the design? Please, be honest, I have tough skin.

    P.S. I have seen the horror stories of donating quilts, so it will be small ~54" X 72" and made out of less expensive fabric.

    Looking at it on the board, I think the paws may need to be bigger!?!?!
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    Great! Seem like a little too much white - what if you switch the purple and white colors?

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    I agree it's a lot of white. It might be hard to keep clean. Perhaps you could just change the center panel? Say, keep the purple paws on white, but add a black strip between them and the W, then switch the white and purple for the W area?
    And maybe on the outer windmills, make the solid square purple and the windmills black and white?
    Just some thoughts to add more color and take away some of the white areas.
    Hugggggs and good luck!!

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    Very nice!
    I agree it might look better if the paws were the same size as the pinwheels and if you also redid the spacing so there is a pinwheel in each corner.
    Maybe have the plain blocks in the border purple?

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    My first reaction is too much white. But that needs to be tempered by the fact that I never use white myself. That being said, I'm not sure what I would change, but I think I would try to incorporate more purple and black. Maybe have the pinwheel border all pinwheels (no solid white squares)and perhaps make the W a wee bit smaller and put it inside a black bordered box with more paw blocks surrounding it on all 4 sides. Just some ideas. Please post again with the final product.

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    There is air space above and below the W, with them that size.

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    Wow, fabulous ideas that are right on, but you know how sometimes you see something a certain way and then you can't get that idea out of you head. I did a quick redo and like it much better...
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    I like it so much better! Guess it's true that "two" heads are better than one! Hope it makes some good money for your school.

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    You are definitely on the right track now!! It looks much better. What a great thing you have that you can show those changes so fast!! Neat toy too I'll bet>:D

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    Wow what a difference! I really like the purple one. I have to agree with the first design having a lot of white. Good luck! I'm sure that someone will absolutely love it.

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    I really like the second one :D:D:D

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    I like the purple one. I'm sure you are going to get a lot of bids on it.

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    Looks good. Good luck with the silent auction. As stated on another post, it seems raffles generate more money than auctions. Would you want to check into doing a raffle for the quilt rather than a silent auction?

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    What about putting the paws around the outside instead of pinwheels?

    It's awesome, by the way.

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    Do you have a piecing pattern for the paws? I'm thinking those curves might be difficult and laborious to piece. Could you raw-edge applique? Or fuse it, and do a buttonhole stitch on your machine?

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    Nah, now it has too much purple.

    I think the W should be purple with an outer line of white and black around it on a field of white.

    Make the Paws purple on white squares with the purple under the squares

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    I love the second one, and it will be easier to keep clean, something the moms will appreciate.

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    Nothing wrong with all the white. It will show off your quilting. But the purple is great too.

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    Like the revised one much better. Have fun.

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    The change is stunning! You are ready to rock and roll!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    Very nice!
    I agree it might look better if the paws were the same size as the pinwheels and if you also redid the spacing so there is a pinwheel in each corner.
    Maybe have the plain blocks in the border purple?
    I agree with Mom-6, maybe redo the spacing so the pinwheels are in all 4 corners. Other wise it looks good.

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    I like the revised one. It has much more 'punch'. Looking forward to pics of the finished quilt.

    My sis likes the white one.
    She likes quilts that have a lot of white background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    Very nice!
    I agree it might look better if the paws were the same size as the pinwheels and if you also redid the spacing so there is a pinwheel in each corner.
    Maybe have the plain blocks in the border purple?
    I also think it would look more balanced if you could figure out a way of having the spacing of the pinwheels on the border match on both sides and top and bottom.

    The pinwheels in two corners and blank blocks in the other two corners is "unsettling" to me.

    Are you planning to make this a "take to the game" quilt or a "keep at home on couch" quilt or "have it be on a bed only for a very tidy person" quilt?

    The colors used may be dependent on the intended purpose.

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    I like the white one better but yes it will get dirty. Even as much as I love purple I think the second has too much purple. If you change the size of the paws I would try to keep with 4 or 2 paws on each row, after all a tiger has 4 paws. Maybe you could find a purple tiger print,that's asking a lot but we get purple prints for the Ravens around here. Not everyone loves purple but it is for the school so maybe they could take it to the game or whatever, on the wall of their family room or game room. Principle's office would look nice, the principle needs to buy it.lol I like the pinwheels in the corners too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dd
    I like the white one better but yes it will get dirty. Even as much as I love purple I think the second has too much purple. If you change the size of the paws I would try to keep with 4 or 2 paws on each row, after all a tiger has 4 paws. Maybe you could find a purple tiger print,that's asking a lot but we get purple prints for the Ravens around here. Not everyone loves purple but it is for the school so maybe they could take it to the game or whatever, on the wall of their family room or game room. Principle's office would look nice, the principle needs to buy it.lol I like the pinwheels in the corners too.
    I actually think I have a fat quarter of purple tiger print so it's out there. I most likely picked it up at Walmart or Joann's.

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