Friday, September 09, 2011

What have I done??


I joined Lynne's Dead Simple Quilt -a -long. It's my first ever . I'm not typically a joiner of things. So the concept was simple enough. Pick a colour palette in whatever manner works for you. I went to my favourite site which is Design Seeds and picked a palette. It was all good! BUT...now we have to pick more fabric to co-ordinate with our palette. Yikes! I know absolutely nothing about colour value, warm vs cool, scale, etc. In other words, I have no idea what I'm doing!! I buy a lot of fabric without any project in mind for it. I just buy what I like, or what's on sale :-), or if someone else mentions a great fabric. So I just jumped in and pulled out as many fabrics as I could and tossed them together, just wanting to get this part over with as quickly as possible! Here is my problem....I have no idea if these fabrics will look good together in a quilt or not. Are there too many? too few? too ugly? too busy?wrong scale? wrong value?need more solids? Seriously, HELP! I can take criticism.

7 comments:

Sheila said...

Since I don't know what this quilt is going to look like it is more difficult to say but from the picture I'd say you are on the right track , your colors definitely match well and you have a variation in scale which is good so in my humble opinion you did great . Must check out this quilt . Enjoy your weekend .

Heather A said...

I wish I had the expertise to offer any legitimate help but I will say that I think you're on the right track. It seems to me you can hardly go wrong when you start with your basic palette and then pick other prints that coordiate with thos. It looks like you're keeping in mind big and small prints and a nice mix of busy patterns as well as small prints that represent texture ... and I like the inclusion of dotty and stripie types.

I think I expecially like the inclusion of the dark brown with white circles ... I think it will really POP ... and maybe, too, that one in the top left corner ... with the purplish background. And now that I'm looking for pops, that green one with the bit of black. In my mind, they bring an attractive edginess ... if you want to call it that ... to the mix.

Sorry I don't have any worthy suggestions to add. I think it all looks quite nice together.

You go, girl!

Cindy said...

It looks great to me. Your odors are making me hungry for breakfast....melons and toast and a cup of tea.

marycatharine said...

I know I already said this on Flickr but I really love your fabrics. I'm trying to use the DSQ as a reason to play around with colour, it is overwhelming to step out of the comfort zone :)

Kritta22 said...

Looks great to me! Honestly I think it's just a quilt. If you don't like it when it's done, give it to a relative far away so you won't see it anymore! Lol

Rebecca Lynne said...

I wrote this long comment to this post this afternoon...but I was on my phone and the whole thing was deleted. Ugh. So, let me see. First I said I feel like I am in the same boat, love my solids but not sure if I want to do prints. Second, I said I was going to try to utilize our Flickr group...which it looks like you have from the comment above...so I need to go there and fin you! Third, I love everything here, and I agree that the Dark Brown with White circles pops (is that Metro Dot?) the only fabric that I can't fully get behind is the green one with the dark background. I thought about it a lot and I think it is because it has a blue/gray in the pattern that is nowhere else and is the background (navy or black?) is really going to stand out. That could be good...or bad...but I'd love to see a photo of it without that one fabric to see...

Nothing you can pick is wrong! I love your palette by the way!!!

Karen said...

Love your selection of solids and I am impressed that all the others came from your stash!! I agree with the others the combination looks good.

7 comments:

Sheila said...

Since I don't know what this quilt is going to look like it is more difficult to say but from the picture I'd say you are on the right track , your colors definitely match well and you have a variation in scale which is good so in my humble opinion you did great . Must check out this quilt . Enjoy your weekend .

Heather A said...

I wish I had the expertise to offer any legitimate help but I will say that I think you're on the right track. It seems to me you can hardly go wrong when you start with your basic palette and then pick other prints that coordiate with thos. It looks like you're keeping in mind big and small prints and a nice mix of busy patterns as well as small prints that represent texture ... and I like the inclusion of dotty and stripie types.

I think I expecially like the inclusion of the dark brown with white circles ... I think it will really POP ... and maybe, too, that one in the top left corner ... with the purplish background. And now that I'm looking for pops, that green one with the bit of black. In my mind, they bring an attractive edginess ... if you want to call it that ... to the mix.

Sorry I don't have any worthy suggestions to add. I think it all looks quite nice together.

You go, girl!

Cindy said...

It looks great to me. Your odors are making me hungry for breakfast....melons and toast and a cup of tea.

marycatharine said...

I know I already said this on Flickr but I really love your fabrics. I'm trying to use the DSQ as a reason to play around with colour, it is overwhelming to step out of the comfort zone :)

Kritta22 said...

Looks great to me! Honestly I think it's just a quilt. If you don't like it when it's done, give it to a relative far away so you won't see it anymore! Lol

Rebecca Lynne said...

I wrote this long comment to this post this afternoon...but I was on my phone and the whole thing was deleted. Ugh. So, let me see. First I said I feel like I am in the same boat, love my solids but not sure if I want to do prints. Second, I said I was going to try to utilize our Flickr group...which it looks like you have from the comment above...so I need to go there and fin you! Third, I love everything here, and I agree that the Dark Brown with White circles pops (is that Metro Dot?) the only fabric that I can't fully get behind is the green one with the dark background. I thought about it a lot and I think it is because it has a blue/gray in the pattern that is nowhere else and is the background (navy or black?) is really going to stand out. That could be good...or bad...but I'd love to see a photo of it without that one fabric to see...

Nothing you can pick is wrong! I love your palette by the way!!!

Karen said...

Love your selection of solids and I am impressed that all the others came from your stash!! I agree with the others the combination looks good.