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Thread: Such Pretty Fabric, Such and UGLY Block

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    Super Member kwhite's Avatar
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    I hate picking fabrics!!!. I am so color retarded it is amazing. I want to make a black/brown. grey/ white quilt, but this ain't it!!!!
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    I agree with you, I can't imagine a quilt made with those. The black dot fabric looks cool though

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    Individually they are all really pretty. Together they suck!!!

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    post a pic of the fabrics you want to use. maybe we can help you come up w/ a way to use them. I think you need a solid tan, biege, of white, black and etc. Use your prints spairingly

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    I guess I am really a NEWBIE that knows nothing, because, I LIKE THE BLOCK ALOT...LOL I guess it is true we are all one of a kind and no two are alike.... Just make the quilt and send it to me you can be sure I LIKE IT.. lol

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    here they are. One more after this.
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    I have most of the collection that goes with the blsck background floral that is 3rd from the left. I cant remember the line but it is so soft and pretty.
    Take out the zebra like print. Maybe a large star with square in square as center set on point with sashing.

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    I don't see anything wrong with it.....other than its not my colors but if it was more put together it would probably look very good.

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    Love the fabrics - maybe more contrast in the first block - lots of prints are in it...

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    The problem may be that the prints are all so busy that there is no place for the eye to rest. You might want to try throwing in some less busy fabrics. It can work - right now your fabrics are all running together.
    Just an opinion- :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    Individually they are all really pretty. Together they suck!!!
    I'm agreeing with you on this one...at five foot from my monitor this combination doesn't get the point across. These fabrics are fantastic...but they all seem to be dancin' to different music...dancin' really fast, I might add...LOL. This block has so many pieces and changes in direction that I think it might need more Indians and a just one or two Chiefs. Hey, I've got piles of these kinds of experiments, too! There's always the chance that it will get better as it gets bigger...try copying it on paper and put some copies together to see... That's gonna take a bunch of printer ink but it won't be as much work. Thanks for the sharing!

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    The fabrics you selected are really quite beautiful. I encourage you to read a little from Maria Peagler (Color) and Karen Combs (Value). I think you can find both on the net. Maria Peagler uses an analogy for color use called the "Three Bears Rule," use your fabric colors in the following ratios 60%, 30%, and 10%. Karen Combs has a Value tutorial for her Value Tool (a red view through acrylic) that does a really good job of explaining value. If you don't have a value tool of some kind photo copy your fabrics in gray scale to determine their value. I think once you determine the true values of those beautiful fabrics and consider using in the ratios Maria Peagler describes you will be amazed at the magic your fabrics will deliver. We would love to see your progress in new pictures!

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    Although not my cup of tea, it really has potential.

    What about same placement of fabrics and just rearranging your blocks to form some sort of pattern?

    Something like 'Around the World' or thereabouts?

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    OK guess what my camera can do? Take photos in BW. I am not sure though how this helps me.

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    It may not be what you are looking for but I think it is a totally awesome block :thumbup:

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    I agree with Nursesews.....I love it!!

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    kwhite, just a suggestion: when I saw your fabric [which I love BTW] I thought of the post by twistedstitcher called 'Capaccino Boxed Squares'. Take a look. You probably want to use your pattern which is neat and if you do try a black sashing around each block and see how that looks. There is also a pattern you can download for that quilt [above]. My two cents!

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    Thank you jan. That is a pretty quilt but it is too modern for my taste. Maybe that is my problem. I am using madern fabrics with a more traditional pattern.

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    I printed it off because I have two moda jellyrolls that I thought might work for it. Just what I need is another project! LOL Did you try the black, grey or dark brown sashes around them? Sashing can do wonders for busy fab. sometimes. Good luck!

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    kwhite, are you wanting to use the block pattern and these fabrics... or just looking for a project to use these fabrics together? Geez, that b/w photo option is fantastic! That's one easy peasy way to find value, for sure! Want to share with us what camera you have? Please? I really need to buy a new one and now I know that I want to have that feature...ooooooh, want it BAD!

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    Oh my, I have a lot of those fabrics and love them. Your block is a little busy though. Maybe some without so much movement.

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    I concur with the post that the colors all work but maybe less in each block? a few colors a few blenders? Also if you imagine the block with the dots on the top (triangles?) if those had been a solid or mottled light color in each one it would make the patterns below pop out. I saw it and first thing I thought was darn if those had been one of the light colors in your blocks then the whole thing would have changed up a ton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
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    After seeing the photo of the complete quilt, I can well understand why you would want to do this one...oooooh, GORGEOUS! I'd probably name it GEORGE! LOL
    Okay, take a magic b/w photo of the quilt, compare to the b/w photo of your fabs and just match 'em match up...you might need to audition a few more fabs and cull one or two of the existing cast...but, HEY...this will be worth all the time and effort. Make another trial block after you think you've got it, before you cut a bunch... Ooooooh, I'm anxious...

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