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kmb007
« on: June 30, 2009 04:34:46 AM »

I've attempted a crude version of Kaffee Fassett's Big Bang.  Actually my mother bought me the fabric and gave me the picture, hint hint.  I've didn't really like all the colours she choose, so I put together one side and have layed out the other.  I need help and true honesty. 

This side I like and is sewn:


This side I'm not so sure about and is not sewn, maybe rearrange them.  Comments would be very helpful.


My mum just had knee surgery and I really wanted to get it done as fast as possible but I'm at an impass.

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2009 05:03:41 AM »

I'll be honest, I'm not a quilter.  That was my mother and her mother.  But I think the second picture looks fine.  I think its really cool that the front has a overall pink feeling while the back has a cooler purpley-blue feeling to it.  I like both of them very much and I think when you put them together it will look fantastic. 

I hope this helps!   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2009 05:40:02 AM »

I think it looks really nice. Maybe this was not what you were going for but I think the way the colors and patterns work it looks kind of like a kaleidoscope- which I think is very cool and something I couldn't do if I tried for days. Also it could be a very unique name for it if you're into naming your creations- 'The Kaleidoscope Quilt"
I love it- visually I think it is awesome and I really like the way you've done the colors on each side.
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2009 05:44:42 AM »

I think they both look great, however, is it possible that the problem you're having with the 2nd one is that it's not quite as varied as the first?  I think there's a more solid contrast in hues in the pink and purple bits in the 1st one, whereas in the 2nd one the both the darker hues kind of blend together for me?

To be honest, though, I think they both look fantastic!!...and for some reason, the 2nd one reminds me more of a firework!
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2009 06:14:15 AM »

In the 2nd one, what if you swapped out the striped fabric for a green or blue hued one?  I love the striped fabric, but I think maybe the boldness of it is interupting the visual "flow"

All in all though, this is some fabulous work!  Your mum is very lucky!  Hope she has a speedy recovery!
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2009 07:14:07 AM »

I really love the fabrics in the 1st one.

I agree with NH822 - I think the "striped" fabric in the second one is much to "geometric/linear" while the rest of the fabrics are more "freeform/organic". If you can swap that out for something else I think you'd be happier.

The green is also a bit bothersome. Of course that could be a photo/monitor issue but I don't really see any green (particularly that bold green) in the other fabrics. Maybe the yellow has some green and it is the photo or the "harshness" of the strip that makes it look out of place.

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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2009 07:55:42 AM »

Great job. What a lucky mom Grin

My two sense worth.....the stripe fabric interupts the visual flow and doesn't allow the center star to pop as much as it does on the first photo. The black in the stripes is also too awkward. Maybe pull a softer blue, purple or pink from the existing fabric patterns. Maybe even a darker gold.
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2009 08:39:03 AM »

I agree that they both look great, but can see that the second one might be bothering you for the simple reason, as KiwiQ said, that the stripes and the purple are too similar in value.  As others have suggested, maybe if you swap the stripe for something much lighter or much darker, the design would be clearer.

Great work, anyway you do it!  Good luck!
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2009 10:28:41 AM »

I agree the stripe is throwing you off.  Swapping pieces to match the pattern more might help, or rotating them so they are totally NOT matched and going different directions.  I might try a blue to pull from the other floral.  HOWEVER, if your mom bought the fabrics and it is for her, maybe just go with it, even if it's not your favorite? 
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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2009 12:45:07 PM »

Heya Karen they look great!  The only diff between the two is the solid centre.  You could add something on the back in similar fashion.  But I think it looks great as is. 
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