Thursday, May 08, 2008

Blue or Orange?

I mail ordered fabric and tried one of the new ones with the Margarita Quilt center. I was soo convinced that was the fabric that I went ahead and ordered another couple of yards of it. But then I pulled up the pictures on Picasa and hated how it looked. I know photos aren't accurate, but sometimes they shrink things up just right and allow me to see things that I just didn't notice in person.

I'm now thinking 9" border (I just really like the idea of a big border) with no inner border (which actually means the borders will be different sizes since the center isn't a real square OR I have to whack off those extra bits of orange I sewed on when two of the strips came out longer).

Anyway, I've ruled out spotty border (sorry to all of those who were fans of that one. don't worry, it will show up again). Here's the blue:
And now compare with the newer orange fabric.


Closer:

oh man, I'm thinking blue again. Siobhan, I hope you're still planning that visit - I need some help here. Meanwhile Pokey attacks - I don't think she likes this quilt at all...

Sorry to confuse you with all the activity here. The Margarita Quilt has the center finished - those are 3"ish finished blocks - and you see the auditions above for the border. Meanwhile I have loads of blocks for another one or two or three quilts. Something new has appeared, what could it be?

I'm still focused on making them. Someday I'll make a decision and start sewing them together, but not yet.

50 comments:

Kristin L said...

I think I've got a solution -- you use the small blocks and the blue border for yourself, and then make a quilt with the mixed up sizes and the dotty or orange border and send it to me!

Hedgehog said...

You know I'm not a border person, so I'm not the one to ask. Neither is speaking to me. I really did like the thin border before the thicker one... So cool that you made so many of these blocks and can try out several different ideas with them. I am starting to feel moved to do series of things, but find I lose patience and just want to get things together already!

dee said...

I kept coming back to it and still love that blue the best. The orange is a fabulously hot color but the blue just grabs the blues in the blocks and pulls them out.

Millie said...

Orange, orange, orange, orange, orange, orange, orange, orange, orange, orange, orange, orange, orange, orange...

you use a lot of blue. the orange makes a nice change. And it makes the Florida quilt look HOT!

jovaliquilts said...

I like both borders, but I prefer the blue. It provides a little relief from the very hot colors, and it says "margaritas on the beach", something I love to hear!

Katie said...

You could also just bind it with the blue and let the colorful patches stand on their own.

Clare said...

Orange, definitely orange, without the border - as is - gorgeous. And then get it hung at the Musee d'Orsay.

I love it.

Oh wicked Pokey.

nicolette said...

Gorgeous quilt!
Though Iove orange, I should not go for any borders, only a small ocean blue binding.

Joyce said...

I like the blue. I think it sets off the center better. The comments are not going to help at all because everyone has a different opinion.

Amanda said...

The blue really sings - but I agree with people who have suggested a narrow border.

Laura said...

I want to say the orange border as I love orange, but the blue looks best. And I definately say go for the BIG border, it will look awesome!

mamaspark said...

BLUE!!! For sure! Maybe a tine orange border first though, that's what I suggest.

Kris said...

I love the blue border, but how about a little border first in lime green??

Becky said...

Blue. I'm glad to see my cats aren't the only ones that attack projects that I'm trying to work on. Crazy animals. I love the colors in your top!!!

Sassenach said...

I love that orange, too, but the eye needs a place to rest. My vote is for a blue border -- and then a narrow binding in orange to keep up the "zing."

dot said...

I like the blue for a calmer, cooler affect but the orange that pops and adds energy.

Ahava Hopps Brooke said...

blue

Kari said...

What about finishing it with a pieced border? Maybe keep circling it with thin strips of fabric. Just an idea! The colors are so dynamic and cheerful.

kate said...

Blue makes it pop (the orange seems to dull it down in the pic). Looks like water around a tropical island.

It's so bright and happy...makes me smile!

Quilt Pixie said...

just 'cause I'm always contrary: both. Blue left & bottom, orange top and right....

Diane said...

All you need is another opinion, right? I prefer the blue border. It really sets off those warm tropical colors. Besides, it makes me think of floating in a pool while sipping on a cool tropical drink. I think both the spotty and orange borders diluted the blocks. They lost their punch surrounded by another warm color. How about using the spotty print as a backing?

Fiona said...

It's gotta be blue!

Robin C said...

I like both borders but think you should put a solid small border around the blocks to make them pop out from the final border. just a hint!

juliekinn said...

Orange works better with your original idea of a super-sunny Floridian quilt, but the blue is just so much more stunning! I vote blue :)

Meredith said...

if you must have a broder I vote blue

Janet said...

Blue, blue, blue!!!

crow said...

alright = first of all consider taking a strip say 1 inch or 1 1/2 inch. fold it in half and iron so it is now 1/2 or 3/4 inches wide. sew it around the 9 patches. that will set them off. comment two. a wide border of either fabric - blue or orange is way too much somehow. detracts from your blocks. strongly recommend the spots. it really looks good with your nine patches and doesn't detract. my last thought and don't groan too much. do the wide border with larger size 9 patches. probably a pain due to the math but would look really cool. especially if done in the same fabrics as the center:-)
deb

Sharon said...

I still like the blue border the best, but I think using the orange for the binding would give it a final ZING! Just my humble opinion, ya know!

Rose Marie said...

I vote for the blue .... the orange actually makes your blocks look washed out. A wide border is perfect with no smaller one.

BrendaS said...

Blue, blue, blue!

quiltmom said...

Hi Tonya,
I love the spots like Deb did- to me, it gave a fiesta look to the quilt. It is interesting to see all the different visions that people would come up for you. If it were me, I would use a skinny lime green border and then perhaps come up with a pieced border or something like the spotted fabric. You are a beautiful hand quilter so you will probably come up with a beautiful quilt design for a wide border. I would find the big border space too intimidating. It is a challenge to find the balance between the center and the outside of the quilt. I am sure you will come up with a wonderful solution- I will watch with interest what you decide.
Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,
Anna

KnitOneQuiltTooKristin said...

I think I like the orange better, but the blue would look good too. I like how each color brings out the squares of that color.

loulee1 said...

Get the spots back out! Hehehe, just to put a spanner in the works.

Lynda said...

Both the blue and the orange look great, but the spotty looks sensational! The blue and orange showcase the fabulous block colours, but the spotty joins in with them and makes a whole wonderful colour statement. Depends on what you want to say.

kimberlym said...

I think both look really nice, I prefer the blue personally though. I think the blue makes the orange from the middle "pop" a bit more. More of a contrasting border where the orange blends well. Either one you pick will be great! I really like all the bright 9 patches!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Definitely blue. I think it helps bring out all the colours in the nine-patches where as the orange seems to be competing with it.

Sarah said...

i vote no border, but if you have to have a border, then i vote blue. the blue makes the orange in the blocks stand out.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh man, I can't believe I"m saying this but Orange all the way!

Sue in western Washington, USA said...

What a can of worms you opened! Have you thought about what color thread you'll use to quilt either border? That might affect the final look of it too.

The orange makes the quilt look very hot (to the touch!). The blue, I think, does make the center stand out more. Where do you want the attention to be in the end? If you use the orange it may be in the border rather than the center. If you use the blue the attention may be more evenly balanced between the two portions. Just my two cents worth ;- )

Purple Pam said...

Its gotta be the blue, the bright blue, with a red inner border. Yep, its gotta be the blue.

Exuberant Color said...

I think the orange is too much the same value as a lot of the colors in the 9 patches. The blue is a darker value and gives better contrast.

suzietee said...

Blue is my vote - hands down.

Sherry said...

I really like the orange fabric for the border. . . it makes the quilt bright & happy.

Good Luck with your decision making.

Sherry

Helen said...

Blue! Blue! Blueeeeeee!

Duyvken said...

I really like the orange border but the blue does give you that really strong contrast. I look forward to seeing how it all comes together!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Boy, look at all the comments. ;) I love these blocks, always have. Since orange is one of my favorite colors (although you'd be hard pressed to tell) I'd say go with orange.

My favorite thing: POKEY!!! I love her opinion. She's hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Blue, please! I don't even like blue, in general. However, in this case it serves to make the colors I like look good!

Jan

Applique Floral Quilts said...

I love the blue color for the border. It really makes the quilt pop much more than the orange. I'm not sure about the 9" border though. I think it might overpower the quilt.

Nancy said...

The top is fabulous. Those bold blocks really are great! I think I wouldn't use either blue or orange--but something entirely different. Maybe a white print with little bright colored squiggles? I don't know what those fabrics are called, but they look like modern versions of shirtings w/very bright colors. Or try Freddy Moran's palette and use black and white, (zebra print?) I know, I know, but I had to mention it--I LOVE zebra prints. It sounds crazy, but I look at a lot of things before I choose, some of them work; some don't.

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