Monday, September 12, 2011

Duck...Duck....Quilt???

This is my Garden Fence quilt, and it was on my design wall until I finished sewing the top together.  When I look at it all I see is yellow....like a big yellow duck.   I wanted this quilt for on the twin bed in our spare room so in order to make the quilt larger in addition to the borders (to be added later), I put 2 inch wide sashing in between the blocks and rows.    I think the yellow overwhelms the fabrics (Lovely by Moda).  Every other Garden Fence quilt I have seen has either used white or off white.  I just thought the yellow would be something different.  Well it's different but different isn't necessarily always good.

Here are my options:

I could take the whole quilt apart and substitute white or off white for the yellow. This would take longer than cutting out another quilt and sewing it together.

OR

I could cut the 2 inch sashing down to 1 inch and add the borders.

OR

I could put the borders on this one, donate it and move on. 


What to do? I would appreciate any input. 


Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!  And, thanks to Judy Laquidara at http://www.patchworktimes.com for sponsoring Design Wall Monday. 

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today! 

25 comments:

The Civil War Quilter said...

LuAnn, I actually like it as is!I would put a 2" yellow border around it too; then add the other borders if you want it bigger.

Quilty Conscience said...

I actually think it is great the way it is. Cheerful! Nothing wrong with being different. I agree..a two inch yellow border will balance it out. I hope you grow to like it! Toni

sunny said...

I just used that fabric, and I think you should put a 2" yellow border, then a wider turquoise border! Let us know what you decide!

Quilter Kathy said...

LuAnn...I love it! I would put a yellow sashing/border around the outside and then another red or aqua print border. Then I would quilt it...and then I would get some red or aqua large ricrac, I would stitch the ricrac straight through the centres of the yellow sashings...YUM!

carol fun said...

Well I love it! Yellow is my favorite color and this looks so cheery - Sunny's suggestion sounds very pretty and I'm sure you'll hit on the solution that suits you best. Happy stitching!

Rabid Quilter from CA said...

I like it just the way it is! Yellow is a great color and it works well in this quilt. Continue the yellow as a 1st border and add a great border to it and it will be wonderful!

Vivian said...

The yellow is so pretty, buttery, and calming. I like the quilt as it is, and my suggestion is the same as many others. Add a 2" yellow border and then a wider aqua print border. I think it's a keeper!

Janet O. said...

Seems like you are outvoted, LuAnn. When I look at the quilt I see the red and aqua. The yellow is a soothing background, but it doesn't jump out at me. I agree with the recommendations for the added yellow and then aqua or red--depending on how bright you want the quilt to appear.

Kelli said...

I agree with everyone else. Yellow, with red or aqua borders would be so cute. And I think it looks okay the way it is. I kind of like the wider sashing that you did. :)

Cattinka said...

Dear LuAnn,
don´t you know somebody that likes yellow and would be happy with this quilt? I wouldn´t take it apart anymore that would be too much work, after all it is a pretty yellow quilt, and I am sure it would brighten up your spare bedroom.
KATRIN W.

Lorraine said...

I can see nothing wrong with it LuAnn, bright and cheerful. Just another yellow border should do it for me.

Vicki said...

Just adding a binding and donating it would be a good solution. It doesn't take much to bring smiles to a face! Vicki

judith lockhart said...

Ii would NOT take it apart or redo it. I think it's very pretty but I really like yellow, too. Maybe a nice pastel variegated thread over all would calm it down. Or, quilt it, give it away and move on!! Life's too short to take quilts fully apart in my opinion. Yellow is one of those colors, however, that will always stand out among others.

Kat Scribner said...

LuAnn, for once, I dont have an opinion. lol but I must say that I enjoy your blog so much. It offers great resources and your projects are beautiful.

Frances Leate said...

I like it LuAnn and like a lot of the others commented I would add a yellow border and then add a larger border in a colour you really like. If you really don't like the yellow you can camoflage it when quilting. Take care.

Natasha said...

I would put the boarders on and if I still saw a "duck", then donate it and move on.

You need to be happy when you look at it.

Editfolt said...

Put me on the edge of the blue I think. It is balanced.

Jeanne said...

I think it looks wonderful! I agree about adding a 2 inch border of yellow all around and then a turquoise border. Try it on the guest bed before you give it away.

Karen said...

Take it apart? Perish the thought! This is a really pretty quilt, LuAnn. Just add a row of yellow, then one of red or turquoise. To me, its a happy quilt.

Karen

Kathryn D. Duke said...

LuAnn, I kinda see what you mean, BUT...I agree with others that when you get the border(s) on it think it will be great...at least you can place the fabric under the top and play with it until you decide which colors to use...let us know!!

Raewyn said...

I actually think it is really cool,also!! I'm with the others who say a yellow border then another one in another colour. If, after that, it still isn't the look you want there will be a place for it somewhere else. It really is rather nice...reminds me of summer fun!

Claire said...

I love the pattern and hope to make one someday. I actually like the yellow. If you feel like you need to take it apart, I think making the sashing less wide is a good option. But I really do like the quilt. When the borders are put on it will look great.

Josie said...

I absolutely LUV yellow! Your new quilt looks great to me. I'd go with those who say 'put on a 2" yellow border then a wider one" in the colour of your choice.
Hope you learn to love it.....maybe you just need a little time!

Anonymous said...

I'm a yellow lover too. I think your quilt looks great, color-wise, but I would add the yellow + another color borders. It will look soooo different after it's quilted... you'll be surprised.

barefootbeadshawaii said...

WHOA! I don't know if you already decided, but don't get rid of this one. It looks great. Maybe try binding/bordering it in a print. I really like the blues that you used. Or even use an off white for the border to keep it all simple. Can't wait to see it finished!

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