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Topic: Wall hanging for my mum... I don't think I like it!  (Read 7758 times)
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« on: November 12, 2006 07:40:27 AM »

I worked on this for about a month and now, well, I think it's missing something. I don't know what though. Maybe the background is too plain, maybe the stems are too thick, maybe the border is wrong. It was going to be for her birthday but if I can't figure out what I need to do to it to make it not ug then in trouble! Hmmmm

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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2006 07:41:33 AM »

i really like it. maybe you've just been looking at it for too long?

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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2006 07:44:06 AM »

I'm usually not a fan of applique, but this is super cute! I think that if you added some quilting to the backround, and didn't quilt the flowers, you would be totally happy. That way the flowers would sort of pop up at you a very slight bit.
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2006 08:03:01 AM »

I really like it, I think it's nice just the way it is. But I agree with the above the poster, about quilting the background a little, that will let the flowers pop.

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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2006 08:04:16 AM »

I think it's REALLY cute as is. You might just be having an artist fit--I drew a poster-sized picture of myself once, and everybody thought it was amazing. To this day, though, I still think it looks like crap, haha.

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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2006 08:07:13 AM »

I absolutely ADORE this wall hanging!!!  Is that your own pattern???  It's really cute!!!  It reminds me of the button-flower bouquets that are posted under another topic.  I have that on my list of things to make...and now I want to add this too!  It's beautiful!   Smiley

I was staring at the picture, trying to think of something I could say to help with your 'missing something' dilemma.  I kept coming back to this thought...maybe you could add something around the top of the pot?  I'm a bows and buttons person...but, I'm not sure that would work here.  I love ChaelaAnne's idea of quilting the background and not the flowers.  That would add some texture, without taking away from the flowers.

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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2006 08:17:15 AM »

 Smiley It works -- the colors and prints all work together nicely!

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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2006 08:44:39 AM »

the thing I'm not sure about is the border- it's a cool print, but you can never see the whole dragonfly, only a wing here or a head there. I think a solid color would work fine, maybe with some embroidery or wavy quilty stuff on it? haha I don't quilt, so I'm just trying to think of things I've seen before. but I LOVE your flowers! very cute design!

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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2006 09:08:48 AM »

I agree, the border is the only part I'm not into. I just doesn't have the charm of the rest of the piece.

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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2006 09:45:20 AM »

Thanks for all the nice words! I agree on both points, the background and the border. I was toying with the idea of some quilting in the border with a bright thread to break up the print but I don't want it to be too busy. And I think the background definitely needs something. It's white eyelet (from my grandmas stash that I inherited) so it's a little tricky to quilt because of the existing detail. Maybe a swirly quilting line to break up the stark white. I have been staring at this for a while, aaaarrgh!
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