Saturday, August 14, 2010

Border Uncertainty


Here is where I'm at with the latest quilt on my design wall. I am liking it, but I'm not sure I like the sequence of colors in the bottom piano key border. Any thoughts?

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11 comments:

  1. I really like it. It's a little unusual for you, I think. I would suggest mixing in some green and black into the piano key border. I really think you need to tie in something dark from the side border print.

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  2. I really like the border. The gold is a nice repeat from the flower eyes. Keep up the good work!

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  3. I like this. I think the bottom needs some weight. The addition of a dark color even a very thin line could help.

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  4. This is a beautiful piece -- I think that the light parts in the bottom border are too light. Maybe repeat the green or use something closer in value and color to the pieces on the sides.

    I really like the way you used the background fabrics -- the gold to green is gorgeous -- did you piece that or use strips of gradations?

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  5. I agree the border is a bit light--needs something darker like the edges separating the three flowers. Personally I think the white area should be a bit smaller than it is--it looks a bit chunky. Sorry. But the camera may not be recording it just right. Nice quilt though.

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  6. I like this very much. I think what you are trying to do is repeat the flower whites elsewhere in the quilt - which is great if you are going to add another border strip to the bottom. As it is it just doesn't look grounded. Maybe find a kind of plain fabric to go all around the quilt - about the same or a touch darker than your side pieces. Thank you for sharing - it's been great seeing this evolve.

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  7. I agree with Barbara and Karen. the bottom looks a like disconnected - as though it is sitting behind the piece. I think Karens suggestion could be correct - Use value and colour closer to either the centre panels or the border on the other three sides. I think it could be the white that is causing the problem.

    Hugz

    H

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  8. Hi Terri, Your piece looks so happy with the flowers. I like the bottom stripes, but I agree a darker border on the stripe would make it blend better.

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  9. I love the three middle panels. I think that the border would work if not for the darker panels. I agree that the white is the problem and tying in something darker that resembles the darker panels will ground the quilt.

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  10. Terri,

    I love it. I do think this QuiltArt is beautiful as is. I never consider myself great at color, but after you raised the question I'm wondering what a dark green, black, or dark brown print/embellishment would do. Hymm. What about dark brown with some fibre arts (worms)?

    Still, I do love it as is.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  11. I must be the only person who dislikes the printed dark borders :(
    I think the bottom border might look better with black fabric where you have the white. I like the "piano keys" effect of it. I just want the center panel to be the focal point and my eye is carried to the dark borders.

    auntie jude

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