Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I have a question....

Remember my project to use up half-square triangles and scraps?

I did this....


And I did this....


Now I'm doing this..... I cut some Kona the size of the front/back of the sham, and started playing with fabric squares.


What??
It's going to be a pillow sham. (Grin)

There will be two, so here is the other. 


I'm showing you the process here. Laying out all these little scrap blocks in order to make a star, then choosing some of the low-volume ones to go around it. (Those center squares are such sumptuous prints; they look very similar because they are just different color ways of the same print.)

(If you are new to quilting, low-volume means fabrics that don't jump out at you like Padsworth does when he is bored on the lilypad. They are not so bright or intense; the contrast is turned down like the volume on your ipod when you don't want someone to hear you listening during a business meeting.)

Ahem.
I digress.
And don't anyone tell my associates that I do that in meetings....
Anyway, there are the two sham tops -- I'm going to use some Kona white for the backs of the shams, too, because there is a lot of white in that quilt for the bed.

Here is one with the squares stitched together:


Here is my question: should I stay low volume on the rest of the front? Or should I crank up the volume and use some of these brighter, more intense colors? I have about 3.5 inches to get to the measurement that I need. Yeah, when you stitch all those cuties together, it kinda shrinks things up and you need more of a border than you first thought. Don't ask how I know to say that, OK? Just smile and read on....

Here is a sample of a higher-volume border...


And here is the lower-volume....


Which one do you vote for?

Let me know in the comments!

Love,




12 comments:

  1. Lower volume. Seriously. (and what is Kona?)

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  2. I vote for the higher-volume border - but that's just my personal preference. You said that they were going to be pillow shams - I assume for a bed - so my question to you is "What does the quilt/covering of the bed look like?" Then - "Do you want it to blend in or stand out?" Guess that's two questions - LOL - ;))

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  3. High volume. I like the way it frames it and actually makes the rest of it stand out, or at least I think so.

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  4. I love your center fabrics and so love your valance and pillow

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  5. I would go for the higher volume border. Creates more interest a nd pulls it together more.

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  6. So pretty! I prefer the higher-volume border. You should enter this project in this week's challenge at Persimon Dreams blog! The theme is "triangles"! Lots of prizes too!

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  7. The higher ones, but remove the dark reds and greens with the red flowers. This gives a lovely frame. Good way to use those smaller squares.

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  8. Your valance is so cute. You are very clever.

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  9. I think the higher volume would frame it out better but I do like both. Beautiful fabrics.

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  10. I like the high volume - I think it keeps the viewer's eye moving and is more interesting - but I would try to use mostly red/warm colors.

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  11. I would do the high volume for sure.

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  12. Hi like the high volume better too.

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