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MaxNTopeka Posted: Wed, Jan 18 2012 12:15 PM

I had a lap quilt laid out on my design board the other night. DH came by and expressed his opinion that overall it was 'too dark'. Maybe it needed 'lighter and brighter' colors added. Then he also asked if it would be more 'interesting' if the square thingys (blocks) were diagonal.

We will skip all the things that ran thru my mind (it was late, I was tired). I have since moved my design board so it it no longer in the direct path between his man-cave and the kitchen. We will see if that solves one of my problems.  Anyway, I took his suggestions to heart and added some colors and did another lay out of the blocks.

Background: A while back I was watching a movie where the hero blundered into a sleeping dragon. When the dragon raised his eyelids I was impressed with the special effects used on the eyeballs. They appeared to be multi-colored layers of liquid that kept changing as the dragon woke up, focused on the hero, and became angry at the intrusion.  I call this quilt "Dragon Eyes" because it sorta imitates how I remember those eyes looked in the movie.  This lap quilt will be a donation quilt, tagged for a male, and probably elderly.  I have found elderly guys don't usually go for girly flowerly prints, so I tend to use more earthy tones. Mottled also hides lots of probable stains.

So, which lay out do you think looks best?  I do have some more light greens, pale orangey, and pinkish batiks I could use, but I really don't want my dragon to look like he was on drugs.

 

 

Thank you!

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Nana replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 12:17 PM

Max

I really like the one that is on point.  It seems to have more movement.  It is almost like I can see the "eyes" blinking.   This is going to be beautiful no matter which way you go.

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Pat M. replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 12:25 PM

I like the color choice and I love the on point setting rather than straight on.  It will be a wonderful quilt for anyone.  Great job, Max.

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Ginny replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 12:29 PM

Max, they are both nice, but the diagonal one , well what can I say?  I fell in love with it- and I am not a man..LOL....Ginny

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gjeotwjrne replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 12:29 PM

Stright layout is ok, but....on point really adds movement and interest. Gotta give this one to DH!

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Patti replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 12:31 PM

wow.  I agree with the rest.

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Frances replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 12:33 PM

I love the one on point and the fabrics are stunning. It will make a lovely quilt.

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I have to say I agree with the others, I like the one on point better, but they are both beautiful.

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Robin replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 12:43 PM

I like the one on point.   And I love the colors.  I think they are perfect for a dragon's blinking eye.

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Max, I like the on point version best. Really striking.


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Sue replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 12:51 PM

Hi Max,

Well on this I have to agree with DH, on point makes it looks more like dragon eyes blinking or opening.  That said, I would keep it to the colors you have.  Adding lighter colors I think just won't work with this one.  So now you have to decide on what is going to be in the setting triangles.  If I might suggest?  Stay with your same blocks, just make them half squares.  I think this will make a very stunning quilt.  Please post when you have it finished.

Sometimes DH, yours and others, have good ideas.  I only listen to mine half the time. LOL

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gini replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 1:36 PM

i like the on point too.  try concentrating all the orangy colors to the center, so it looks like it is glowing from within

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Vivian replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 1:37 PM

The diagonal wins i guess. Love the colors and the setting.

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gini replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 1:37 PM

my post disappeared.   i like it on point,  try condentrating all the orangies to the center.   it will give more of an impession of an eye and look like it is glowing from within

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gini replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 1:38 PM

and there's the disappearing post,  you have my two cents twice.  that makes a four cent opinion

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