Sunday, March 25, 2012

Need a little advice here . . .

Hi ya'll! Remember this?


It's my table topper that I made for the Farmer's Wife in Your Life blog hop, that Sunni hosted. I'm gripped with indecision. Simply slammed with doubts. My brain is in overload mode, and that is plumb dangerous. 

I have a question for you, the special Lilypadquilting peeps:

Should I applique butterflies in the blank areas, like this:


Or should I embroider butterflies and maybe some text, like this:


I guess the text could be something sweet and sappy about butterflies, and spring, and things like that. 

Or should I just leave it like it is --- simple, and get 'er quilted?  Personally, I kinda like how the background lets me focus on those blocks, but then again . . .

The binding will be a narrow, scrappy one, with the left-over fabrics from the blocks: pink, green, blue, lavender.

Please! Help me out here, and leave a comment to tell me what you think! (Grin) I'm leaning toward the third option, but if you think I should do differently, won't ya tell me about it?

Love,

29 comments:

  1. Good morning! Really, all your ideas would work so well. But you did ask, right? I'd keep it simple...leave it as is, and use your quilting to highlight the spaces. I love the blocks and I find the butterflies are a bit of a distraction...in my very humble opinion. Enjoy the process!

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  2. Morning. I prefer the second version. The butterflies take your eye away from the blocks.

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  3. I don't care for the butterflies. I know this block as the Tulip Block. I would just use your quilting.

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  4. If you really want butterflies why not quilt a butterfly in each of the four large spaces, then stipple around each of them to make them really show up? I think the first two options take away from the block you've made - and the block is too pretty to do that. Or you could embroider a small verse in each of the large spaces - something about butterflies? blessings, marlene

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  5. I think just quilt it. Adding the butterflies or words will detract from the blocks.

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  6. I would leave it as is and maybe do some type of decorative quilting in the open spaces.

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  7. I agree with those who said they preferred it simple. The Farmers Wives put the embellishments into the blocks. If you ask me (and you did :) I'd keep it as is, quilt and finish.
    Have a blessed day.
    Donna

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  8. I thought that it was missing 'something' but I don't think the butterflies work well... is it too late to add four more blocks in those empty spots ? Just a suggestion ;-)

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  9. I agree with leaving the butterflies off and doing some awesome quilting in the blank spaces. Would it work if you used a thread color that showed up nicely, but didn't take away from the blocks? Can you do a butterfly quilt stitch pattern? I dunno, I'm just asking.

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  10. Not loving the butterflies either. I'm sure that whatever you decide it will be wonderful.

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  11. How about a trapunto quilting using the block design as your trapunto?

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  12. I agree the butterflies take away from the squares....that's all you look at, but it needs something....some quilting would be pretty.....

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  13. I like the simple look with just the blocks.

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  14. (You asked...LOL) I agree with most above, and particularly with StitchedByTheLake, if it "needs" butterflies, quilt them. I think quilting qill add more to the blocks and adding applique/embroidery will bring the eye to the embellishment :-)

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  15. I don't care for either butterfly option but I do think it needs something more than just quilting. But I don't know what at this point. I always have to leave these type of projects alone until they speak to me with the solution. Not much help from me, sorry.

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  16. I like it plain the best, too! Gorgeous blocks!! You could always quilt in a butterfly shape (see Judi at Green Fairy Quilts for a great dragonfly that might give you a jumping off point) in the empty spaces!

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  17. I like it just plain and simple.

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  18. I like them all but I lean to number three also xo

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  19. I would have to agree that the butterflies detract from the beauty of your blocks. My mother used to say, "Sometimes less, is more." So beautiful quilting in the plain areas would be an enhancement. Love the blocks btw. :) Please post and show us when it's finished. Anyway you slice it...it's your quilt creation....do you. :)

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  20. I think if you increase your scrappy binding to 1/2" and save the butterflys and sayings for another day. Also if you mirror your quilting to be like your quilt blocks in the green backgound that will pull is all together.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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  21. I agree that less is more, I would just go with the quilting. That way your beautiful blocks show much better.

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  22. I love it just the way it is =D

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  23. I think you should just quilt it - if you are hooked on butterflies - you could always free motion some butterflies onto it. A big B, a big B backwards and little antennae will make a cute butterfly :)

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  24. Quilt it! The quilting can maybe add that extra little something, so no butterfies :) love this quilt!

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  25. Personally, I like the quilt just as it is! Couldn't you have butterflies in the quilting? Anything else would pull the eye away from the gorgeous blocks!

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  26. As usual I am not like anyone else and I really like the butterflies. But it is pretty as is.

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  27. I like it the way it is and will be once you've quilted it. I think you can't decide because you think it needs more on it, it doesn't. Use butterflies on something else.

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