Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Playing with Patterns

I think I am honing in on a pattern I may use, but I'm considering some of the comments, especially the one from Emma about paring down the # of fabrics. I'm not yet committed to this, but thinking about it. I am also playing with a couple of patterns that mostly use 2" strips as the smallest size so that the patterns of the Kaffe Fassett's will show.

Here's a version of a plaid that I really like. It's done with 12" blocks that will probably be a nightmare to keep all colors straight, but I do like it. I pulled the red from the colors to see it it helped to settle down the chaos a little (only kept the red for a narrow border or the binding). Afterall, my brown prints have a good bit of red in them. I like all the blues and greens for the cross members. I just wonder how the few soft blue/greens KF's that I have (and really want to incorporate) will look interspersed with the browns as the background?? Should the background be random, or done in diagonals? So many thoughts!...
This next one is actually one of my favorites. I set the above 12" blocks on point, and stuck just a few red strips in.
I also played a bit with the bento box design, as that is my other forerunning choice. What I haven't decided on is how to do the squares. Here's some options...

(1) each square and it's opposed diagonal have the same solid fabrics (also has red)
(2) same as (1) but with red pulled out - a little calmer look
(3) Opposed diagonal squares are the same, but each block contains more than one solid color (no red)
(4) same as (3) but red is included(5) total randomness of bento box coloring (opposed diagonal blocks are different) and no red
(6) same as (5) but with red
Any thoughts now that you'd like to share??

7 comments:

~Michelle~ said...

I like the plaid set on point - but I'm a fan of plaid and argyle, so that's probably why!

Vicki W said...

The diagonal plaid gets my vote!

miniaturequilter said...

lThe second pic (blocks on point)get my vote, as far using red, I am not a fan of red. If you're 50/50 about using it, I'd ask your son what he thinks of the reds, makes it easier on you. (I have to admit it does add a punch of color)

zarina said...

For me its no. 3 for it has a calming effect which should be part of the decision because it will be on your bed. I love red but not solid in quilts (that does not sound right but for your case it is better to leave out red).

Emma said...

As much as I live the clever woven patterns, the bento boxes do look good. And they give you scope to include more of the fabrics you want! My preference is 5 or 6 - I actually like it with red, but if you include red you'd probably need to spread out the larger pieces if it a bit more.

Tami said...

I like the bento boxes the best. Number five is great. I like red, but perhaps it'd be better as a very thin, narrow border around the top?

2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel said...

I love them both. I have been doing a bit of thinking about the weave pattern myself.
Bento Box is great and too, have you considered single color center(red?) squares and more scrappy other pieces?