Monday, February 25, 2013

Design Wall Monday 2-25-13

Oops!  I missed last week.  Bad on me.  I didn't even think of it until about 4 pm.  

This is what I worked on this past week: 
This is part of the mystery quilt from Mysteries for Relay.  Marge offers mysteries several times a year as thank yous for folks who make donations to cancer research through her. You can find out more by clicking on the badge to the right.  Here's my first finished block.  If you stand back from it the center block blends in completely with the black and brown blocks around it.  

So I decided to see what would happen if I put a yellow piece over the the center block.  Hum.  I can't decide which I like best.  This is a scrap of yellow I had hanging around not the yardage I bought thinking it might go into the quilt somewhere.  That yellow is a bit more subdued. (Can yellow be subdued?)   I plan on putting a print border around this quilt.   The fabric has poinsettias with yellow gold centers and holly on a blue ground.  (Now you see where I came up with most of the colors.)  Any suggestions?  Does one strike you over the other?  Let me hear what you think.  I'll make my own mind up in the end but I'd like to hear your thoughts. 

And, along that line, I'll probably make several more blocks and cut a few pieces of the actual yellow and audition both colorways with the border fabric.  I'll keep you posted. 

Hum, no goals from last week so I'll go back to my last list of goals.

Week of Feb. 11, 2013
Continue working on mystery quilts
Make more orange peel blocks
Embroider my shirt didn't even think about this
Quilt something on Ruthie, anything!

Week of Feb 25, 2013

Focus on Mystery For Relay quilt
Sew more Orange Peel blocks
Trim some scrap fabric into strings and squares
Make appt. for Ragg’s vet check
Load beige backing on Ruthie

Ok that's it from me today.  Check other design walls across the internet through Judy's link up at Patchwork Times.



  1. This is the part of quilting that I struggle with, and sometimes the part I enjoy most, if that makes any sense. I like the second block, but I wonder if you would like something more toned down, maybe more of a gold.

  2. I agree with Linda. I think the yellow is a little too bright and the brown disappears. Maybe audition a few more colors til you find something you like.

  3. I will say the same as above. The yellow is too bright, but the brown is lost in the block. Maybe the star points could be a little lighter? I do love the block.

  4. It is the star points that get lost, just blending with the brown. I would change out the center, but also the star points or the small squares. This is why I don't do mysteries. I try controlling everything - sometimes to my detriment. Have a good week!

  5. Yep, that yellow is too bright. I'd try a medium/light...beige, blue, green, or red to tie in with the other colors you've used.

  6. I actually like the brown in the center. I think it give it a 3D effect.

  7. I don't think the yellow is right for your block. I actually like the browns.


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