Fabric has been stashed away for 3 years & this week I finally cut into it. This was supposed to be for my 14 year old GS who is now 17. I decided on a pattern, sort of, & started making blocks. This is the block I have made & it measures 12.5This message has been edited. Last edited by: Miss Lensews2,
I was going to make 20, have 4 across & 5 down & a border all around. I have a dozen blocks made & started to play with them. I laid them out on top of a single bed & now I am thinking maybe this might be enough blocks & use a wider border all around. None of these blocks are sewn they are just laid out alongside each other.
Lens, they look good like they are laid out. Maybe do a multiple border in the measurements of some of the block sizes as well as a narrower one or two. Since this is for a young man, I would figure to make it wide enough that when he lays on his side, the quilt will still cover with those wide shoulders he will develop.
Nice work. I wouldn't use sashing, I think it will break up the nice look you have here.
When I laid them out I realized there was going to be a fair amount of matching involved once I started to sew these blocks together. I would have to match seams. Sad to say but I'm not very good about matching seams, plus when I looked at the quilt the red & black just didn't have much wow appeal. I started thinking maybe I could use some sashing. I had some yellow/gold batik so I roughly laid some strips out to see what it might look like.
Then I got all befuddled & didn't know what I should do next. I need some advice & opinions please. I don't want this put aside again, I need to get it done so I can move onto my next project.
I like the gold. The first picture looked like a checker board to me. I think it needs to be broken up a little! I think you'll be a lot happier with the sashing. You did a great job friend!
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I like the gold in there too. Really helps o give it some pop! Perfect with the gold in the dragons! With the addition of the yellow and some borders, you will have a good sized lap quilt for him!
Way to go! Show us your progress!!!
I agree. This last pic looks great pops the dragons!
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Yes, I was thinking checkerboard too. Wish I had purchased a black print & a red print instead of solids. What was I thinking? Never again. I think solid colors are best used by more experienced sewers. A print hides a multitude of sins.
Now that I am looking at that sashing picture I am thinking about little black corner stones to help with the flow of the black line of squares.
The more I think the more confused I become. Thanks for your comments. What do you think?
The gold is a good idea, but I think that one is too bright. Need one more like the color of the dragons. Do the sashing and a border the same width as the sashing, then add a wider sashing of either the red or the black. Audition both with the gold sashing/border to see which looks best.
He's gonna love that quilt. You done good!
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I like it best with the sashing but as Florida Farm Girl said, a paler gold, more in tone with the dragons would be better. I also like FFG idea of a gold sashing border with red or black ... the quilt looks soooo manly I am looking forward to seeing how you complete it
I definitely like it best with the sashings but your idea of adding black cornerstones would make it even better.
I like the idea of the cornerstones as well and FFG's suggestion of a gold that is closer to the color in the dragons.
Once you start sewing all of this together it is going to get smaller than you realize with all of those seams.. Since it is for a young man already 17 years of age, I might add those extra blocks as well.. and then add the borders.
I actually prefer your original layout, but I tend to favor more simple designs without borders. For me, quilts sometimes look too busy or overdone so less is more. Really like the uniqueness of your quilt!
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I agree. A darker gold sashing with black corner stones.... or just go for the checkerboard look with no sashing. There really aren't that many seams to match, and if a few didn't hit the mark exactly, remember that when it's quilted and in use no one is every going to see those little mis-matches. I love those dragons! Your GS is going to love it no matter which way you finish it.
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Don't beat yourself up over the fabric purchases! I had a fabric in my stash that I thought would be perfect for a quilt that I had in mind to do. Gathered up fabric from my stash and bought others and got started. That first fabric is the one that didn't 'work' in the quilt! I had to take it out and get something different. I thought the entire thing would be perfect!
I know you are a bit of a distance from the fabric store...but your quilt will work out great!
Thanks for comments & suggestions. I really appreciate the encouragement. We have company today so I won't get to do much with this till after the weekend. I did make 2 more blocks this morning to replace 2 already shown. One block had a different shade of red in it & the other had the dragons tail too far into the seam allowance. I got those 2 blocks done in just minutes. I might get a chance tomorrow to visit a fabric store but I really was hoping to get this one done with what I already had on hand. I will check through what I have here first chance I get.
Yes, the sashing looks great!
That would be a fun one to quilt, fire flames...
Wow, what a great idea. Never thought about that but I think that would be something fun to do & no worries about messing it up. Hmmmm. This message has been edited. Last edited by: Miss Lensews2,
Miss Lens..I just did that block in a different layout on point,no sashing. It's Celtic Cross,from Barbara Douglas's book Singular Sensations,which uses that same block. If I was home I would take a picture..I tried to find a picture online but no luck.
Well it sounds like you've got a plan now and you're ready to sew. We'll look forward to seeing it finished. GS will be thrilled with it, I'm sure.
I like that block. I'd make the additional blocks and use a narrower gold sashing. The suggestion of quilting with flames is perfect, and can't wait to see a pic of the completed quilt.
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Love it Len!!! And I do hope you make it as big as you can so he can use it forever.I like it with the yellow,gold to match dragon and use it in a border would be great too and yes like the corner stone idea.He's going to love it!!!
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Love it Lens! l loved the first pic just fine until l saw the second one and realized l loved it better!
When you told me you were inspired by a block l use a lot l couldn't think what it was until l saw this pic then l knew! l do love this block. lt's simple, yet really frames your focus fabric well. Good luck getting it finished!
l would be unstopable IF l could get started!!!
That's gonna be one cool quilt! Very masculine! He will love it!!
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