Background Fabric Options and a Teaser

August 7th, 2011

Thank you to everyone who “weighed in” on the 2 options for the center block. Between facebook responses and blog responses, I think folks are split right down the middle on this one! It gets even more confusing when you throw in fabric for the side setting triangles (The corner setting triangles will be the same fabric as the side setting triangles, but it takes nearly 1 yard of fabric just for the side setting triangles and I was afraid to cut up more unless I was 100% committed to a fabric.) Here goes:







See what I mean about confusing? The 3rd fabric is already “out” in my mind. I say that because it’s a very cheapo fabric and I only bought it to see if a lighter turquoisey-blue would work. I’m not any further along in answering that question! My personal leaning is toward options 1A and 1B. That fabric is actually much richer and reads more green than these photos show, so it lends a nice contrast. If someone put a gun to my head and said I had to choose right this very second, I would pick 1B. I say that because I like the contrast in that center block better (I think it’s the orange tail feathers against a dark, dramatic backdrop). The other reason is that after working with these applique blocks for the last few weeks, I have it in my head that this is a blue quilt. When I look at option 1A on my design wall, it strikes me as a green quilt and blue is only a guest at the party. That sounds ridiculous, but I just feel like blue should be king here! Either way, I’m not done auditioning fabrics. I’m halfway done with the trapunto and free motion embroidery of the applique blocks, though, so I need to move this decision forward!

On another note, I’m almost done putting together my next quilt top and it is loaded with color! Rich, riotous color!! Here is a teeny part to whet your appetite:

I promise a blog post with lots of photos on this new one within the next 3 days. I can’t tell you how excited I am about it!