May 28, 2013

Honest Opinion Needed

I put together the center star block for the Marcelle Medallion quilt last night - I am really torn.  Do I love it or do I hate it? 

Marcelle Medallion center star bloc

 I do NOT want to go any further on this quilt if I don't love it. I would rather test out a few more center blocks and get something I love before I put in the time to add these borders. As the book author says, this quilt is "not for the faint of heart."

If you aren't familiar with the Marcelle Medallion, it's a fabulous quilt from Liberty Love by Alexia Abegg.  Just check out some of the completed quilts on Instagram (#marcellemedallion).


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I wanted to do darker backgrounds, hence the grey and black/white combo. But I feel like there is so much going on here! I might relent and go back to my old standby for all quilt backgrounds, Kona Bone.

I'm committed to doing this quilt with scraps alone, so it's definitely going to be a busy looking quilt.  But, my center block makes me nervous.

OK, be honest - love it or hate it?
p.s. for what it's worth, the hubby gave it the thumbs down.  I've been staring at it all day, can't decide...You won't hurt my feelings {promise}!



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23 comments:

  1. I think it would be a great center medallion if you changed the ONE piece...that piece At the top, second later around, just right (or left) of the star tip...they are the only pieces that match and that looks odd..swap either one for something else and I say it's rockin!

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  2. I love it and actually think that the background fabrics you chose (the black/white and grays) give it more of a kaliediscope (I know i butchered that word lol)feel. I really love it, but trust me when I say that YOU need to love it. It won't hurt to do another block with your traditional kona bone and then decide. So you end up with an extra block...make a mug rug or pillow or better yet...send it to me :-P

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  3. I can't say I love it (eek, so sorry!). The background fabrics seem too busy and the colors seem to clash (I think it's the pink one that's throwing me off more than the other ones).

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  4. Oh my! I want to make this but am afraid of the Y seams. I think every one I see is gorgeous! Maybe if you keep going you will love it?

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  5. I love it, if it were me I would carry on

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  6. I really like it but think that there are three blocks in the second 'layer' that are too similar to the blocks in the fourth layer. I think that if you changed these for ones more similar to the others (darker grey, larger prints) it would be much better. I agree YOU really have to LOVE it to commit to so much work!

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  8. I kinda like it but i think it is a bit off balance with how the center greys fall currently. My advice (for what it's worth) is reverse the top and bottom quadrants of the right half and then it would be more balanced. I admore you for trying this quilt as I to have it on my to do list.

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  9. First of all you have to like it yourself, it's going to be YOUR quilt. Personally, I would like more dark/light contrast: Your background fabrics are black/grey, but there isn't much contrast dark/light in the block. If you squint at the picture you see that the fabrics all blend, only the brown/yellow centre star jumps out, the rest is similar in value, independent of the colour. I think the medallion as a whole will look better with contrast, either using darker or lighter background fabric (compared to the other fabrics). Don't focus too much on individual pieces/fabrics in the quilt though, when the quilt is finished there will be so much going on, you see the overall effect more than the individual pieces.

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  10. I love most of it but I do think, as Catrin has already said, that the three top blocks in the second layer are wrong. They are too similar to the fourth layer and too out of balance with the remaining fabrics in the 2nd layer. Change those and you have a fabulous block imo.

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  11. I am a traditional quilter, learning to like to look at modern quilts fabric choices! LOL, that said, I do like this block! I think that a change in the top right fabrics just surrounding the star center will give you a more appealing look. The scale of the print and grey tone is too so liar to be placed next to each other. Try choosing something mor like the lower left side of the star center background. See how you like it then? I would also audition a darker color for the background of the entire star block where you have all the same grey fabric. Just lay a darker scrap on top tucked in a corner area to see if you like that better...it will let your eyes rest between shapes. Sometimes a slight change in tone can make all the difference!! Keep us posted and continue on !

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  12. Don't stress over the center. After looking at a lot of these projects, it appears to me that no single part is beautiful all by itself. It's the combination of the many parts that makes the whole project beautiful.

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  13. I absolutely LOVE it. Just like it is! When you get the whole quilt done, you'll never ever again concentrate on just this one block. It will blend perfectly. Be daring and continue!!!

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  14. Okay you want honesty here. For me personally it's way too busy. No place for the eyes to rest, except for the green. I also don't care for the center colors of the orange and brown because of the scale of the prints and the colors don't work as well as the gray, green and pink. I would prefer to maybe repeat the pink with a darker shade of pink and a lighter shade of pink in a solid or near solid or you could use another solid or near solid color too if the pink is too much for you. Perhaps a turquoise? Whatever colors you choose I think you need a near solid print to rest your eyes and draw the attention to the center without your eyes bouncing around looking at all the colors and prints in the block. That's my opinion and 2 cents for what it's worth.

    Good luck with it because it's obvious that everyone is telling you something different and I don't know if anything is helping or if you are even more confused? Lol.

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  15. It's very busy. I like it but I don't love it. But you're the one that needs to love it. If you don't, you'll never be happy with the quilt, so make another one.

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  16. Maybe if you repeated the orange in the corners rather than the pink.

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  17. I like it, but I agree it's quite busy - it wouldn't hurt to make a few more blocks and then pick your favourite? If you don't really really love it then it isn't worth continuing with it and getting to a finished quilt and hours of work and not loving it!

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  18. I don't really love it, but I think the problem I have with it is with the gray & white 2nd layer wedges. I would either change the balance so that each pair has a smaller & a larger scaled one, or make it so that they are all the larger scaled gray-and-white prints. With so many rounds to come I am sure there will be time to incorporate the pinks, oranges, blacks, and whatever else to make the colors come together. Right now it's the balance that seems off to me. This is a journey for the brave and I am sure you'll end up with something that is "you", but I do think the center should please you as you build on it.

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  19. No suggestions here... everyone seems to have their own opinion. But i will say that i just finished a block where the colours i pulled look great together in my head but didn't read well to me once i stitched them up. I've received comments that they are fine but to me it's just not working. I would hate to put so much time into something then not like it at the end... I've stuck the block on my design wall and look at it now and again to see of it grows on me. Maybe you just need to step back for a bit and ponder.

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  20. The pink threw me off a little I agree I won't do something I don't love and if I do it takes me longer and longer to get back to it. Keep playing around until you love it. I want to start one too soon but I fear I won't find the perfect fabric for it. Can't wait to see what you decide.

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  21. I feel like so many of the other commenters that the upper right grey and white prints need to be rotated top to bottom. As my best friend would say it kind of makes my teeth water. But also as several have said YOU need to love it. It doesn't really matter whether we do or not.

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