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    I make a scrappy quilt, but cannot just grab any color. It has to go with the rest, I have to "make sure" the colors are in the right place. It's an OCD thing I'm sure, perfectionist problem definitely. Anyone else have this problem?? The pictures don't really capture the colors, I think it's the lighting in my sewing room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzic46
    Anyone else have this problem??
    Yeah, that's why I like the layer cake, jelly roll, charm, etc., collections so much - someone has already determined what looks right together for me.

    BTW, love your selections!

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    Love the beautiful vibrant colors on the dark background. And, you're not alone - I can't just "grab" a piece either. I grab it, then agonize over it, and usually dig around and grab a different one. I wish I could let go and not worry about it so much, but I am who I am.

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    And I probably will change the placement of the blocks several more times as I get added material. lol.

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    Oh gosh that's beautiful!! And you're not alone in the scrappy issue. Everything I do that looks random is oh so very planned. I'm doing a scrappy watercolor log cabin now--and every strip is chosen carefully. My husband's scrappy CW quilt was very very carefully done.

    An artist friend of mine said random color is the hardest kind--getting it to look just so. Don't we know it! :roll:

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    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I am the same way. My friend and I each made a quilt from our combined stash. It is scrappy & she instructed me not to match, to just grab. Weeellllll, I did okay on some of the blocks but on others I just COULD NOT do it!!! :lol: :lol:

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    OMG!!

    i can't even do scrappy because of it and i don't like those style of quilts because of it.

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    Very pretty... i end up matching mine also.

    I have been tempted in making a brown bag quilt. What ever you pull out of the bag must be sewed next. Just not sure if i can make my self do it.

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    Same way here too, I love the look of scrappy but I analyze it and that takes away from the fun.

    This one is gorgeous! Is that a black background with batiks? Beautiful!

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    It is a black background - some of the colors are batik, some are not, all from my stash tho.

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    You are NOT alone. I like things to match too. I cannot just throw stuff together and hope for the best. I feel like I am wasting my fabric.

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    Yeah, I'm sort of like that about color. Things just have to be right or I don't like it. And if I don't like itm probably won't finish it either.

    Love your colors, BTW

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    It's like wanting to wear makeup that gives you the "natural" look and ONLY takes two hours to get it looking that way. :lol:

    I watch my placement too. I'm always thinking there's some loud fabric that will just be blaring "get me outta here, I don't belong" and ruin the rest.

    OTOH, I've seen pics of some really awesome scrappy quilts that blend so nicely with countless prints, florals, novelties, plaids, geometric, and so forth and just the right balance of contrast. That's what I aspire to.

    You're doing a great job on your selection and placement. Looking forward to seeing more as it progresses.

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    Keep thinking I will do a "real scrappy", but I never seem to have the "right" fabrics to let myself go! :?

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    Everytime I see a quilt that is truly scrappy, I want to change a few of the blocks around. Too much red here or too many stripes there. I like controlled scrappy :lol:

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    Me too - just looking at these pictures makes me want to move things around - again!

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    Yep - I'm an "organized scrapper" as well. Am losening up though. Your colors are great. If scrappy was your goal, you did a great job!

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    I love the colors. I try scrappy, but its more of an organized scrappy. I sometimes suffer from headaches because of this. That's when you know that you are overthinking it!

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    Yep I love scrap quilts but I can't just pick up and sew either. I have to fiddle around till it pleases me. Guess it defeats the whole purpose of a scrap quilt, but unless I am happy it wont get finished.

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    Forgot to tell you - Your quilt looks great.

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    Thank you all - the quilt is meant to be scrappy looking (all the right pieces in all the right places) lol. But I'm actually having fun with it, can't really mess it up right? :-)

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    I guess I am the only one so far who can be truly scrappy. I've just started quilting a log cabin made with scraps - will post when it's done. I used everything that I had, and didn't pay any attention whatsoever to what went where (except for light and dark, of course). I did the back with scraps too - bigger pieces but with no particular care for matching anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzic46
    I make a scrappy quilt, but cannot just grab any color. It has to go with the rest, I have to "make sure" the colors are in the right place. It's an OCD thing I'm sure, perfectionist problem definitely. Anyone else have this problem?? The pictures don't really capture the colors, I think it's the lighting in my sewing room.
    Yes, I have to like the colors mix before I can place it there. :D

    Your quilt looks great!

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    Wow that is really stunning with the black! I'm the same way, it has to 'go with' the others. :lol:

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    I have the same problem; but, I found away my guild did a project where we put all our pices in a brown papper bag. And whan came out went into the quilt. Here is the quilt I did.
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