Saturday, April 9, 2011

Re-Tweet Tweet: How Do You Like My Stacked Coins Now?

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. –Newt Gingrich

Thank you to everyone who offered a suggestion when I asked what I should do with this quilt. There were some really good ideas, so instead of doing the grocery shopping or anything else productive today, I've been fiddling with the layout. Amy is right about the solid pink coins standing out too much. I covered those up with the extra coins I had cut and I like that side of the quilt better. And there was an overwhelming approval of Vicki's idea for a triple row of strips in between the coins, so I tried that, only with a really light yellow solid instead of the chocolate.

While I was staring at that picture, trying to decide if I like this crazy quilt or not, I realized that if I go with the little birds on the front, I'm going to HAVE {:crazy:} to go get another 1½ yards to go on the back. This was supposed to be an inexpensive project. But I'm having a hard time picturing the rain drops or leaves or whatever they are on the back. They just don't go.

Trying to work with what I've got, I laid the rain drops print out on top of the yellow, but didn't even bother to take a picture of that because it wasn't any good. I gave it a try with the Chocolate solid and didn't love that much either. The print competes too much with the busy coins and even with some pink coins showing, the pink still stands out too much.

Just for kicks, I tried alternating the sashing strips. Not sure I love it either.

The fabrics are cute. Stacked coins are awesome. So why isn't it coming together? At this point, I'm a little sick of looking at it. But I've started and I really want to finish. As Shevvy pointed out, it's not over 'til the binding is on.

Suggestions?

8 comments:

Lisa said...

I really like the first picture with the light yellow borders. Very fun quilt!

Barb said...

I love your coins!!

Rhonda said...

still loving it with the chocolate. the first pic is pretty too!

amylouwho said...

I'm glad I wasn't totally off with my suggestion. I think the first pic looks good. That bit of solid breaking up the prints is just what it needs. I still think solid sashing all around might be the way to go - but if you are looking to use what you have I love your first option here!! And now, I think *I* need some of those birds!!

Diane N said...

I think the first one looks really good! I think Vicki's idea of the 3 strips between looks really nice!

Iris said...

I like the first one with the pale yellow strips, that WAS a great idea, but I think the leafy print you used on the second would go better than the darker brown birds. And the solid pink coins just stick out too much. And what about continuing the pale yellow around the ends of the coin rows?

Good luck!

Shevvy said...

I think I like the first one most of all but quite like them all. I'm very taken with the alternating sashing, its very Kaffe Fassett!

Peggy said...

I realize that I may be too late with my opinion but to be honest I have looked and looked at them and I really like the very first one best or maybe the one with narrow choclate strips in it about as well. I think the light is too light and the wide dark is too dark. the bright and wild is fun! I know someone who thinks the wilder the better for baby stuff.