Friday, January 11, 2013

This far

 
I had such high hopes for completing some WIPS that have been lingering in my sewing room for the better part of 2012 before the year was out.   Thrilled as I was to complete my first king-size quilt, I really wanted to have this next quilt finished as well.  Part of the reason  it's waited so long has been because of how  slowly  I have been acquiring orange fabrics for it.  Just when I think I have enough and I can call the top finished...
 
 
I decide it needs to be a little bit bigger.
Currently, "Orange Twirl" is 60" x 72".  Which seemed large when it was on my design wall, but when laid out on the floor it doesn't seem large enough. sigh
If I made it to fit a twin sized bed, I think I would be satisfied.  So  should I just add a scrappy border or do I start making more blocks?  I'm having a tough time deciding....  Mostly because I want no borders, but making more blocks means I need more orange fabrics to keep it random looking and with the right balance of values.
What are your thoughts?
 

14 comments:

  1. If you want it to be larger, and don't want to search for extra orange, you could consider a neutral border, and go for a Creamsicle! Maybe a scrappy running orange border or binding...

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  2. Love it!!! Orange is such a happy colore

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  3. Oh more blocks, yes, more orange blocks! Would you like me to send some of my reasonably sized orange scraps?

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  4. Definitely more blocks. I was going to step up and say I'll send you some orange fabric, but I don't know if I've actually got any!! I'll have a look...

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  5. Wow what a gorgeous orange scrappy quilt! If this were my quilt and I wanted it larger to fit a twin bed, I would lay it on a twin bed and then see if the top covers the top of the bed. Then if you make it bigger, the sides would be the part that would overhang. I would add a narrow border all around in a different color, something that would stop the pattern and then I would do maybe a plain border with a few Prairie Points in your orange fabrics here and there to keep the orange feeling going but not too overwhelming. Orange is a strong color and most quilts use just a little orange to pop, but since your entire quilt is orange it might be too overpowering to make a scrappy orange border. Plus the scrappiness and the orange would compete way too much with the main quilt. Making more blocks is also an option, but if it's on a twin bed you really see the top of the quilt first as you enter the room. Hope this helps?

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  6. I have no suggestions that will help you, but I think I like the idea of no border. What I do know for sure is that I LOVE what you have going on here so far!!! All this orange is fabulous!

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  7. oh it looks fantastic. I am leaning more to do a few more blocks so it at least hangs over a single bed, which would also go on top of a double. I like the idea of no borders too. If you want to swap some scraps I am up to that, I have orange. What sizes do you need?

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  8. I'm in UFO control mode (well, it IS the beginning of a new year, lol) so I'm tempted to tell you to just add a border and be done with it, but I actually would prefer more blocks - the design is lovely, and there's no real urgency to getting it finished, is there? Other than UFO completion? I say ... just say YES to more blocks :D

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  9. I like Daryl's idea, but if you need more orange I'll send you some orange pieces to make it bigger and bigger. :O)

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  10. This is so beautiful, happy, sunny and nergy quilt - I love it! Perhaps you could make 'a border' with all the oranges you have left using them as squares and triangles. Then you wouldn't need so many tones of colors.
    x Teje

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  11. this is really lovely...I really like all that orange...I don't have any orange except a couple fat quarters if needed

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  12. Your quilt is fantastic!
    I don´t know about you, but I hate to make more bloks when I thought I made enough from the start.
    If this was mine I think I´ll take a wide grey border and then mix all the left orange fabric for binding.
    In the grey border I would quilt whit brigth orange thread;-)
    But, it´s yours so it will be interesting to se how you chose to do!

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  13. Hi!! I love it!!! Love the orange!!! It would cover the top of a double!!! But a little bigger would be wonderful!!! I think more blocks would be great!!!

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  14. oh I love the color in this one too!

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