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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Design Wall Monday, again

(I write this late Sunday evening. If the design wall does not look like this on Monday, then some gremlins have visited my studio overnight.)

Once I opened that box of 1.5" squares I kept on piecing.  I've reached a stopping place! These strips are about 54" long and about 4.5" wide.  The sashing will be 2" finished.  I don't know if I'll add a border.

My question: what color should the sashing be?  There are four possibilities shown in the photo.

Thanks for the advice!

38 comments:

  1. I really like the blue. The red was my initial choice, but I think the red takes over too much. I think the blue is a bit more calming, the red causes a lot of excitement. I also like the khaki color. Oh heck I like em all!!!

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  2. Either red or blue. The others are not nearly so interesting. My first instinct is the blue, but the longer I look the more exciting the red became.

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  3. They're all interesting, but of course, you know that or else you wouldn't have chosen them. That said, I love the red!

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  4. I think blue or red will be very nice.

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  5. Red is my vote - make it 'zing'!

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  6. Depends on whether you want the blues to stand out, or the reds. If none of the above, pick one of the neutrals :-) I'm amazed, in any case!

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  7. Funny...I would normally pick red for anything - but in this case, I think the blue looks the best!

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  8. There is a ton of piecing in those strips! I like all the sashing strip options, but maybe like the red a little better.

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  9. It's absolutely the red...great quilt!

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  10. I don't normally go for red, but I love it!

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  11. Red, blue , or darker tan all look good. I don't care for ther lighter tan. What size strips are you planning to use? If the pieced strips are 54 x 4.5 you are going to end up with the quilt wider than long as they are laid out. I'd probably break up a couple of the pieced strip and make the others a bit longer....Just me though

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  12. I like the red it makes a statement bold and beautiful. The blue is great also more subtle.
    Kathy in Gilbert, AZ

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  13. My first choice is the red, my second choice is the dark tan. I would not recommend the light color.

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  14. I would usually go for a red, but in this one I'm in agreement with Sue...I think it takes over and the blue seems better to me.

    Dianne in BC

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  15. I actually like the darker brown because it gives all the colors an equal chance to pop. At the same time, I also like the blue.

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  16. Well, since you asked...my vote is blue.What alot of piecing! I've done borders like that.

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  17. I like the darker tan for sashing and then either the red or blue for the border.

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  18. The darker brown is a calmer choice. However red makes it pop.

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  19. I like the blue; I think it does the best job of making the pieced sections sing. The red/rust is a not-close second. The neutrals make the whole piece look a bit washed out, IMO. :)

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  20. I like the blue; I think it's best for making the pieced sections sing. The red is a not-close second. The neutrals make the whole thing look a little washed out, IMO.

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  21. I would do the blue, but then again, I do everything in blue. Red would also be nice, but if you do red, I think that will dominate. In my vision, the blue allows the postage stamps and piecing to show through more.

    Be sure to post photos when you finish!

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  22. Hi Nan!

    I vote blue. The neutrals are just too boring. Red is too busy or loud. Blue is just right!

    Mary in Allentown, PA

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  23. I (equally) vote for the blue or darker tan. I agree that the red looks good but does take over instead of the color of the tiny squares - which should be the focus.

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  24. I like the options where there is high contrast.... really sets off all your piecing. So I vote for the rusty red or... and don't laugh here.. the lightness of your design wall. Can't wait to see your finished piece!

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  25. Wonderful scrappiness here! I love red, but this one is photographing as sort of rusty, making me prefer the blue. A clear red would look terrific too. Not loving the tans.

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  26. Wow, what a lot of little squares. But when I looked at the picture I thought what a great idea to use different colored sashing.

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  27. i'm voting for the red. it is complimenting the other colors nicely.
    tammy k. in illinois where it's a long monday...

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  28. Having read all the comments so far, and then gone back and enlarged the photo, I say. . . .I like the light tan! It "disappears" along with the end triangles of each row, soso the little colored squares really sing for me. Why make the sashing the star of the show? Let the multicolored bitsy squares draw everyone's attention.

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  29. I would stick with a neutral to let those tiny squares stand out. The red becomes the focus and the blue is a neither exciting nor interesting enough to take over for itself. I would stick with the neutral and really let the tiny squares shine through.

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  30. I vote for the red. It'll make everything pop.

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  31. Well, first I liked the red, and then the blue but then the dark khaki color won out. I thought it didn't fight for attention with all the little postage stamps so much. Red or blue would be great for a border, but maybe a print? Great job piecing all those little squares. Whatever you do it will be a fun quilt!

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  32. I too think the red is a little overpowering, but it depends on the look you want. Either the blue or the khaki makes a feature of the squares.

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  33. I like both the dark brown and the blue. I think the blue brings out all the "cool" colors in the squares.

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  34. I would go with the lighter tan or khaki; so that all of that piecing would stand out, otherwise the sashing takes center stage...

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  35. Nann,
    I like all of your choices and initially thought what about adding one more into the mix and using all of them sewn into vertical color bands on this quilt mirroring each other. It would be a new approach and add another design element into it.
    I'll be stopping back to see what you do. Looks great so far.

    Jane

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  36. When I first started quilting a seasoned quilter told me that whatever you used in your sashing, your quilt became that color. I have found that to be true. I don't know how it looks in real life, but in the pictures, alternating the red, blue and darker tan would continue the multiple colors of the squares. I'm sure whatever you choose, your quilt will be stunning. I will check back to see the outcome.

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  37. The brownish looks mushy with the blocks, so I think any of the others are good.

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  38. I needed to enlarge to get a better sense of this. I like the dark tan. I think that it would edge the quilt nicely and "lift" the quilt up from the border.

    Steve

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