Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Sampler Week 1

Hey y'all. I had hoped to share this progress with you over the weekend, but the stomach bug struck me in 2 waves. I won't bare another day prone on the couch, so I'm muscling through this sitting up thing. Here goes...

Star of Virginia

So, here's the first block I shared, the Star of Virginia. What I didn't tell you last week is that I added a 3rd color after the fact. Bright, bold turquoise was calling out to me, and the concept seemed to make sense - magenta, mustard and cyan are lively versions of the primaries. But, I wasn't quite sure about my second block.  Something just looked off.  I figured when I made block 3, I'd see if the turquoise just needed company.

mockup with the blue

I wonder what you think?

For a mockup of the more limited color scheme, I simply lay half square triangles over the turquoise ones:

mockup with less colors

And although the decision forced unpicking and created orphan half square triangles (sniff), I felt compelled to return to simplicity. Chalk this up to "Rachel gets the limited color scheme." Which is something that rarely happens. Let's savor the moment.

my favorite so far!

Block 3 is my favorite so far. Konas are Cerise, Snow, Corn, and Pepper.  Brandon even kind of likes it. Though, he says he'd like it more if I changed all the pieces to black. Hmph. (note: he took very good care of me yesterday. Quilt-hating husbands can be so sweet).

Summer Sampler Week 1 blocks

So, tell it to me straight - which color scheme do you prefer?

43 comments:

  1. i think the scheme without blue is stronger and bolder. love it!

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  2. It could be none more black. Black for sure! Lookin' good; I'm so glad I'm "making" this quilt vicariously through you! ;)

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  3. The problem with the blue in the corners is that it doesn't look connected with anything. I'm sure that if you made an entire quilt of just that one quilt block, the blue would connect from block to block and form a neat secondary pattern.

    As it is, the blue looks sort of lonesome.

    IMHO, stick with the mustard, magenta, black and white. It will provide the unity in this quilt of very disparate blocks.

    (I didn't know I would like the mustard and magenta together - although I love pink and yellow! What a nice surprise!)

    All the best - Chris

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  4. i really like the blue. but both are really nice.

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  5. I say stick with the turquoise! I really like the amped up primary scheme :)

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  6. yup, I love it without the blue. Loooooove it.

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  7. With the blue is ok; without is something special! IMHO!

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  8. I think the turquoise is nice, but it looks better without it. And I think I agree with Brandon (oh no!)....but that would be a really good block using just the black and whites! I think a whole quilt of that block in black and whites would be awesome! Oh, and maybe every once in a while make one of the 4 corners in turquoise! Holy cow! I think I have to make that now! lol

    Guess I'm not much help....but thanks for the huge inspiration! :o)

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  9. I like it better without the turquoise. They look great!

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  10. I'm loving that star block - been seeing it around all summer. Yours is looking great!

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  11. I definitely like the simpler color scheme. It's dramatic.

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  12. Now, I would wear, decorate, sew and eat turquoise if I could, but the blocks look way better, and totally fantastic without it!

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  13. I was kind of digging the turquoise, but it looks great both ways!

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  14. I like the blue- adding blue makes the block look happier to me.

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  15. It's funny how different all the opinions are! Personally, I think it looks loads better without the blue. It's more dramatic and less summery, but I think that it's going to turn into a really striking quilt when it's all done.

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  16. i dug the blue, but totally get why you wanna skip it. my blocks seem pretty disconnected, but i'm just gonna go with it and see what happens, lol.

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  17. While I like the blue, I prefer the limited color scheme - it somehow seems more powerful to me.

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  18. I really like both options, but I think you made the right choice. And yes, I think block #3 is my favorite, too! I hope you and your little ones are feeling better.

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  19. I do like the blue. But it's great without too! :)

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  20. I think the limited color scheme is so striking. That last block with the 3 Kona's is just beautiful.

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  21. Oh, what good responses! Aha, so the blue was not so crazy? I think it's hard for me not having designed the quilt myself. This is my first QAL that I'm following! I do agree with several who said that without the blue it's more dramatic. I'm liking that!

    p.s. Regan - that is a smashing idea!

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  22. I definitely prefer the simpler color scheme. It's warmer and less busy.

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  23. I know this is so unhelpful but I like them both but maybe now that I'm looking at them I prefer the limited color palate! Either way it's going to be GORGEOUS!

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  24. Okay so I LOVE color, but I have to say that I really really like the limited palette best. It's just visually more cohesive I think.

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  25. I love the scheme without the blue I think it is stunning.

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  26. I think it meshes better without the turquoise too. I really like the colors you picked, and I LOVE Block 3 (as is, not in all black, which is something my fiancé would say too... I'm training him out of it though, ha!)!

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  27. I love the black! It's going to be beautiful either way!

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  29. I'm liking it without the blue. Hope you're feeling back to normal soon.

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  30. The blue is very pretty, but I think with a sampler style quilt of lots of different blocks, you are better off keeping the color scheme limited. JMHO!

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  31. I'm definitely with you on the more limited one. I think it has more subtle impact. But I'm always meaning to be more bold with colour so maybe I'm wrong!
    Love your blog from here in Australia-the web is full of inspiration!
    Camilla

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  32. I rarely do anything with solids mostly because I just never buy them. I always go shopping with the intention for buying solids and then get to the fabric store and see all those gorgeous prints.

    Having said that, I really LOVE that last block with the black. It's GORGEOUS!

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  33. I'd vote for the option without blue---save those pretty blues for another fun project :-)

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  34. I do like the blue added to the mix, but it just looked unbalanced in that block. Definitely looks great without the blue.

    Maybe try a magenta/cyan/mustard mix on a future project ;)

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  35. I'm a fan of turquoise, but I like the limited magenta/mustard better without it. The pattern of each block stands out a little more when it's not so busy with color, I think.

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  36. I really do prefer the black, purple, yellow and white for lack of the proper names :) That blue is cute, no doubt. But when you omitted it and added the black it just kicked it up a notch.

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  37. Blue is my favorite color, and I would have everything blue if I could, so I can't believe I'm saying this, but I like it better without the blue!

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  38. Oh I do love the blue, but really either way works!

    It's going to be gorgeous!!!

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  39. I definitely like the simpler color scheme. It looks amazing! Can't wait to see the rest!

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  40. I think you made a good decision. The yellow and cerise provide plenty of pop; adding turquoise gets confusing.

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