Friday, March 20, 2009

I've been re-organizing and cleaning out my studio at a leisurely pace. This is partly as a result of not having room for everything and not being able to part with some things that should go. Anyway, I came across this stack of 20 blocks that were made in a friendship exchange with one of my friends from Alaska. I had completely forgotten about them and now have no idea of what my original intentions were. So, I'm asking for your help and your suggestions.






Got any good ideas? How should I set these? Should I use a light, medium, or dark fabric as background? Should it be a busy print, large-scale or small, or something pretty plain an subdued? I'll appreciate any help you can give me.

When we did this exchange, which I'm going to guess was around 1998 or so, these were my absolute favorite colors (cranberry, purple, blue) and I made a lot of quilts in these colors. Now, I love orange and chartreuse, and a little cranberry too! Maybe that's why I'm drawing a blank on how to use these blocks.

6 comments:

Crispy said...

My first instinct is a black background since using any of the colors in the blocks would make some of them fade out.....maybe a creamy color...I don't know maybe light would be too light. Such a hard decision LOL.

Crispy

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Terri, I agree with Cris, I think black would bring the reds and cranberry forward. I also think setting them on point would make a very interesting quilt. Just my thoughts.

Jocelyn

http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

StegArt said...

Well I certainly don't mind how they look now, just all right next to each other, with no background. But if you really want to add a background fabric, I vote for black with some white in it.

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

Oh No!!!!!!!!!
No black with these.
They need ORANGE and CHARTRUESE.
Think about different ways to incorporate these 2 colors into these blocks. It will make them sing.
K

Marty's Fiber Musings said...

I'm with Kay on this one, these blocks are wonderful, just need some punch to make a spectacular quilt. I envy you finding such a nice surprise. Like finding a $20 in your coat pocket you haven't worn since last winter!!

Nellie's Needles said...

Sashings made from the red family (could be a variety of red, red-orange, and red blue hues) would be nice if you'd like a RED quilt.

Whereas sashings made from cool colors (blues, blue-green, green, violet, blue-violet hues) would showcase these delightful blocks.

Either way, you'll end up with a very appealing quilt.