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Thread: Ugliest I've made yet

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    Super Member Iluv2quilt's Avatar
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    Well, I undertook this project as a back to my DS's quilt and I'm so disappointed in my results. I really like the block itself, but not in the colors I chose. I think it's the ugliest I've made yet. :oops: The background material I used was much too busy, should have chosen plain. Sooo, will put on the shelf until I can buy more plain green, then I'll put them together and use for something, don't know yet.

    I think I'll just stick to a non-pieced backing for his motorcycle quilt. It was just too big of an undertaking at this time.

    Win some, lose some.

    I Gave Up at this point
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    Tried something to go between blocks
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    Weren't you going to add sashing to this to break up the busy fabric?

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    This is going to be a great quilt. I like it paired with orange. Orange and blue, how can that be bad? Persevere and let us see what emerges.

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    I love your blocks. keep going!! don't give up totally hon.

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    I dearly love the star pieced blocks. I think you are right about not going well with the other fabrics. The right fabric will come along and the stars will pop!

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    I think your idea of something more plain between the star blocks is a good idea. I think the stars are fine, I would probably use a light yellow like you used in the star blocks, maybe a marbled one. Just my thougts. I'm sure you'll come up with something.

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    I know when you are done, it will be really nice! Don't give up!

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    Thank you for your encouragement, in the end I think I was reaching a bit past my stash for the right colors to incorporate. I'm waiting til tomorrow to go to the store, something is bound to show up there :D . If not, I'll put it away for another time.

    Sometimes I push myself too hard to complete things much too quickly. Patience is a virtue.

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    you're fishing ;-)

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    I love it put it together, once it is quilted you will love it.

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    I think that you should take the stars that you have already made and make a little boys twin or full size quilt or a couple of baby blankets out of them. I think that the animal print is more of a little kid thing than the flames and motorcycle stuff. But that is just me. I do love where you are going with this. I would have used maybe a nice harley or other print. maybe even a nice and bold batik would have worked better than the animal print. but that is just me. the star fabric works with the animal print also.

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    Wow, those stars are gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!
    Very, very creative! I love them :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewyscrewy
    I love it put it together, once it is quilted you will love it.
    I agree...quilting will make all the difference.

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    I'm a little confused, but those stars are cute!! the zoom zoom is that a different Q ? If not could be really easily like the looks of both. Keep Going

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    Love the random stars. You've gotten some great advice...go for it! :-)

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    I like the stars! They just need some sashing or plain color between them. Please don't give up on them. I think you are right about waiting a little while before going back to them. It will come to you. Patience. :)

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    I would keep the blocks with the large light stars and use them, the others really do seem to loose all the work. I did a whole quilt that way once and never did like it, even when I quilted it.

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    I like what you are doing.
    But what you have here is a lesson in the value of Value. The stars that stand out the most are the lighter ones against the animal green print....because they are different values - light against mediums.

    The blue stars are "lost" against that same background because their colors, though different, are the same value - both are medium values.

    It's very common for us to work and feel most comfortable in the medium range of colors; many of us feel that dark colors are depressing, or 'mannish,' or "country". Yet a medium color placed next to a dark color (a truly dark color!) will pop and seem even better, more true.

    I always try to ask myself when pulling colors for my quilts, "can it be darker?" or, conversely, "can it be lighter?" Try "auditioning" some really dark and some really light fabrics with what you've got there. If you can photo the result, then print out the picture in "greyscale" (with black and white only) you'll get an idea of the value of your choices.

    Keep on it! You'll be happy in the end, with the lesson if not the quilt, so the end justifies the means, in this case.

    Jan in VA :D

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    I love the colors, and I think that sashing would really help blend it all together

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    The is no such thing as an ugly quilt....just unique
    I think it wil be beautiful when you finish it

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    Maybe try, the darker blue, sashing around all the blocks. That may make the rest pop. Love the star blocks. Just keep playing with different colors & something will click for you.

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    blocks in a cream color between your star blocks would be sweet

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    I think those stars are pretty darn awesome...now how did you do that????

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    Could you please add an arrow toward the ugly part? Little confused here.

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