Monday, 6 February 2017

fabric indecision

My 'queen of the May' blocks are all made now. I've really enjoyed putting these together, from making the wild fabric choices right through to the traditional construction - the hardest thing was not to make them all too nicely co-ordinated.



I love all these blocks. However, I'm still very undecided about the backgrounds and am so not wanting to buy anything new. Here are the options from my stash ...


option #1
Kona cotton Corn




I would envisage some lovely quilted texture all over those yellow spaces if I used this.



option #2
VFW yellow floral Elise Mostly Manor




hm-m-m- it sure is a riot of busy happy colour here!



option #3
a scrappy selection of neutral plaids, spots & stripes




maybe playing it safe with an old-ish earthy striped Kaffe fabric for sashing...





Time for a bit of fun ... which option appeals to you?
Any thoughts or comments really welcome!

Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here
and with Beth for 'main crush Monday' over here

29 comments:

  1. Lovely flower blocks! I love the Kona Corn! I thinkg the floral fabric takes away the attention of your beautiful blocks. I always love neutral backgrounds, I guess that would be my choice! It will be lovely to see what you will choose!

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  2. Yellow floral does it for me but I'm sure it will look great whatever you choose. I find borders and sashing the hardest bit!

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    1. Thanks Sally.
      The printonprints effect is quite wild and colourful! I haven’t decided yet which way I’ll go. I’m really trying to focus more on borders, sashings & backgrounds this year, so I’m not going to rush this!

      Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to join into the conversation!

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  3. I like the scrappy backgrounds with the stripe for sashing.

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  4. I really like the option #1 Kona corn. Your blocks look beautiful. Mary in Az

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  5. I love option two, the yellow floral.

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  6. You have me stuck on prints on prints right now so I vote the yellow print or scrappy background. I know your final choice will be brilliant!

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  7. I vote for scrappy with the striped sashing. Nice!

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  8. I vote floral and wonder how the Kaffe stripe would look as sashing on that one.

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  9. I'm going to surprise myself and say I like the floral background. I love the way it adds to the fun of the blocks, which are great! Thanks for linking to MCM!

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  10. Oh, the Kona Corn really makes the blocks pop! I'd go for that one.

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  11. I love number 2!! The florals make the blocks spin! Number 3 is also a nice choice, if you want something a little more calm.

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  12. I like the bright floral best, with the scrappy plaids coming in second. To me, that solid yellow just flattens the movement of those wheels.
    Love love love those blocks!

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  13. Wow, they're so beautiful, and more so because they are not perfectly matched. I personally love them best in the pile all touching eachother, that riot of happy color! I guess it depends on what you're going for -- the one that says "riot" the most is, as you say the yellow floral, and I think that is my favorite. But the different backgrounds and the Kaffe sashing really fit the random fabric theme, and that kaffe stripe is FANTASTIC at showing off your blocks. Whatever your choice will be lovely. sarah@forrussia.org

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  14. I think the Mostly Manor fabric fits the tone of your quilt blocks and sets them off beautifully. If you use the Kona solid, you are going to need to do some really spiffy quilting in the solid areas, and it still won't do your great blocks justice. I would go with the floral.

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  15. The floral fabric fits your Wild Child theme well. Have fun with your decision.

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  16. I like the yellow solid, but it may be because I know Kona corn is one of my favourite colours!

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  17. Me being me, I like choice 3 but I will be interested to see the magic you do with these blocks Linda.... the blocks are gorgeous - it seems that you got the co-ordiation factor just right!

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  18. I like the the Kona corn option, but I think option 3 with the sashing makes your blocks the focal point, not the background fabric.

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  19. Lots of lovely fabrics in your blocks, and I go for option three, love the sashing, good old Kaffe Fassett!

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    1. Thanks Maureen!
      I do like all 3 options... I guess, like you, the scrappy neutral backgrounds would be my initial choice, someone has to sleep under it after all!
      But the printonprints effect is quite wild and colourful! And so tempting, as it’s such a very different direction from where I would usually go!
      It’s so interesting reading everyone’s comments, lots of different thoughts!
      I’m not going to rush this!

      Thanx for stopping by & taking the time to join in the conversation,
      Linda

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  20. I like the Kona Corn the best, but the other two options work as well. Good luck with your decision. You are going to have a fun and colorful quilt no matter what direction you decide.

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  21. I thought I would go with the scrappy neutrals, but the more I look at it I'm thinking the yellow print! It's going to be gorgeous which ever way you go!

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  22. I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE the scrappy neutral backgrounds, the more variety the better. No sashing; the sashing seems to make the whole effect too choppy. This is going to be a beautiful quilt!

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  23. Love the yellow floral background, makes a pretty background for your lovely blocks. I think the Kona corn is too harsh a contrast to the gentler colours of the fabrics in your blocks. The scrappy neutrals aren't enough of a contrast and your blocks get lost sitting on those pale backgrounds. No sashing, I think it will stop the flow of the blocks across your Quilt. You have a great eye for design so you will come up with an excellent answer and a super Quilt.

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  24. I especially like the mix of spots and plaids in the third photo (the one with sashing)! Do not like the solid (boring) and am not at all wild about the floral (competes too much with the fabulous circle blocks).

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  25. The solid Kona corn gets my vote. Love the sharp pop of color. Your blocks are stunning.

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  26. I am for the floral background. The Aussies make such colorful print explosive quilts and I just love them. I'm thinking here of Kathy Doughty or Sara Fielke and how their multi print quilts just come together for quilty goodness. But choose what works best for your sensibilities and eye appeal.

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