February 18, 2013

Deborah: CQ progress

So sorry to post late. I don't know where the time goes sometimes.

I started trying out different fabrics for a border around the center four applique blocks. I'll  reserve my thoughts until I hear from you guys.


Here is a closer shot of the CQ block. I wonder if the colors are too dark?



That's it for now. 



12 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

Since your block(s) is dark, you really don't even need a separate border. What if you just made all the blocks dark and used the batik for a border around the 4 outer applique blocks?

I like the batik more than the other 2 prints but am not sure it would show up next to dark blocks. If you feel you need a border (for size or emphasis) than maybe a brighter pink would be better. I do like the dark browns with the bright pinks--very earthy & pretty.

Do you plan any kind of division (like a ribbon) running through the middle blocks? If not, what are you going to do with that big open area in the middle?

Let me know if you need more browns. I can probably send you some prints.

Deborah McLaughlin said...

I've been debating about the center block - maybe some ribbon, As for the border, I wanted to have three CQ blocks per side, which would give me the 12 I need for the CQ project. I would need the border around the center 4 blocks to increase it to 27". The batik would possibly blend in with the dark blocks but I'll see what I can find in the way of pink.

Suztats said...

That's a beautiful batik, but I wonder if it might be too busy with the dark blocks. Since there are lots of flowers, and greenery, what about a border in green? Since there's green in the dark blocks, too, perhaps it would tie all the blocks together, without adding another pattern. Just a thought......

Debra Spincic said...

If you are trying to get the center to 27", you are going to need about a 4½" border (without any center sashing).

Why don't you put your fabric on your design wall and then pin the middle blocks to it so 4½" is showing all around? Then you can see if you like a border that wide.

You could also do a 2 + 2½" border and use the calico as the 2½" border so it would be next to the dark blocks and the batik would be the 2" by the inner blocks. That might look less "chunky" than a solid border of 4½".

If you very carefully cut your motif print, you could press it for a "ribbon" and have the motif run down the center. Then just zigzag it with invisible thread and do an embroidery stitch along the edge (or nothing).

Lots of options, really-

Debra Spincic said...

Green would probably work well.

Deborah McLaughlin said...

I can take the 4 middle blocks apart & add sashing to the middle which would enable me to have a more narrow border on the outside & still get 27" - then I can get 3 CQ blocks per side. If my math is correct!

Debra Spincic said...

Yes, that would work. It would also eliminate the "what to do with the very middle" problem of a big blank space.

Debra Spincic said...

The batik might be pretty as the center sashing.

cq4fun said...

I think I would want one of the colors from the middle for the border, and I'd definitely want a border. I was wondering if the light tan-yellow or a light gold might be a good bridge from the center blocks to the darker crazy quilt blocks. Are you going to embellish those blocks? Because stitching can lighten them up, as you know, and lace.

Cy said...

I have been 'playing' with your blocks and border fabrics in Photoshop, and to my mind the batik AND your cq blocks are way too dark, which is a shame because I really like batiks and your cq block.
Do you want me to post the variation pics to a new post here, or email them to you?

Deborah McLaughlin said...

Cy, please post here, thanks!

Stiching4fun said...

Deborah, I like the Batik but don't think I'd like it with the CQ blocks. Also, think you almost need something to break up all the white area with the four Applique blocks. I do like your CQ block looking forward to seeing your stitches on them.