Friday, May 2, 2014

To cut or not to cut

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I am paralyzed with indecision.  I want to be stitching these blocks together, so badly, but when the fabric store didn’t have the Plan A color (some kind of warmish gray brown, a faded apron color, a mushroomy color, maybe with a hint of purple?  Purplish-grayish-brown?  I don’t want much…) I stood there with one knuckle in my mouth, saying Great. Now what?  This blue/gray was Plan B.  it’s kind of steely.  It may or may not be sucking all the light out of my pieced blocks.  There was a fantastic turquoise, a couple food colors—claret, celery—and a blue that seemed possible until I saw that the color name was “candy”.  If that one had been called “chambray” I might not be having this problem right now.  I toyed with “pool” and “khaki”.  Eventually I just got sick of dithering and bought the gray.  Came home,threw it on the table, looked at it from every angle, went back and forth about it for too long, and spent the morning knitting and doing laundry instead. 

28 comments:

  1. difficult decision..........maybe you could get the exact colour you want online?

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  2. Celery green is a very lovely, comfortable color and would make the nine-patch blocks "pop".

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  3. Kristen, I would let the decision rest a bit. Sometimes another option will just float into that creative side of the brain.

    xo

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  4. Why don't you buy white and dye it the color you're dreaming of-like you did with your clothing awhile ago? Big hassle, I know, but it could be worth it.

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  5. I can imagine the colour that you are describing and that it would go very well with the blocks that you have made, so I hope that you can work something out! xx

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  6. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who goes through these crazy machinations! Thanks for sharing, and good luck!

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  7. It'll definitely be cooler and darker than a mushroomy colour, but not bad. Just different.

    I'd let it lie on the table for a week, and just glance at it as you walk by. You'll probably decide one way or another when you're not thinking so hard about it.

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  8. I think you should wait until you find the right fabric. This one isn't it. If it was you wouldn't be so undecided. You would just know it was perfect :)

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  9. Your things always look 'right'. This doesn't quite. I know you will know far better than I what is wanted and I trust that you will find it. I think this is nice, but not 'the one' .
    Sara

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  10. The grey would go brilliantly with that yellow square to the left of the pic and and a simple white or ecru would make this colours really pop. It looks nice but it's not right. By the way who cares what the colour is called? Candy does sound very unimaginative however if the fabric works...then it works.

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  11. Why does there have to be solid squares in between the patches?
    If it is a scrap quilt, why don't you use scrap fabric (such as old shirts from Goodwill)? Or an old sheet?

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  12. I feel your pain. Wait till it feels right. How about something that reads as a solid, maybe a very fine print or tone on tone? Good luck, it's going to be great : )

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  13. Go with your first hunch. That color does really diminish your wonderful squares... both turquoise and celery sound like much better bets!

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  14. I think it would look really nice with a plain muslin or white but I'm known to be very traditional (not to say boring!) in these matters. But don't settle for something that isn't going to make you happy!

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  15. I'm not crazy for that grey with your blocks


    don't settle if you don't feel it...you've out so much work into it already



    maybe try bleaching the grey? or the one called *candy*?

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    1. I just had a thought...if there is a nice lilacy/purpley color that seems right, maybe you can tea-dye it to get your purpley brown color?

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  16. Trust your instincts! The grey does nothing for your lovely blocks. The color you describe (just like the table in your header) would be perfect. I also like BeeHook's suggestion of old shirts, maybe pinstripes on white, for the alternate squares.

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  17. If your hesitant then that's your answer, it's wrong. Find what you really want, you'll be pleased you took your time.

    Jean x

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  18. This is the first time I've come across your blog - I followed a link from Attic 24!! I really like it!! You're like me - I can never decide on the right colours to use - I have a friend (French) who is absolutely spot on - sometimes when she advises me in the fabric shop - I think nooooo not orange or whatever for me! but she's always right!! I don't seem to have it!! I see something I like and then go to the ends of the earth (well, the internet) to find EXACTLY the same colour!!
    Having said that I don't think that colour does much for your blocks to be honest!!
    Thanks for sharing and I will be a regular visitor from now on!!

    Kathy, FRANCE

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  19. I would wait. I'm sure you can set it aside for awhile and find something else to sew. I like your original idea of a warmer color.

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  20. I always like Kona cotton - Stone. Mushroomy gray. Might be just what you want. - Michele

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  21. oooooooo..... I can't think of anything else left to say.....there are some good ideas in the comments though, glad it is not my decision. Jo x

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  22. OH, I'm glad for your indecision. If you don't just love it, don't do it! I know the exact color you're thinking of, in my head. That steely gray is lovely, but not the right color. What about Kona Cotton in Smoke or (this is radical) Raisin? I think muslin/linen in a basic nuetral cream/white would be fantastic too!

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  23. You must love the color so much that you find yourself cutting the squares before realizing that you decided to use that color....

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  24. Ha ha! Seems like a resounding 'No!' to me ;-) - I have to agree! A pale dove grey, but not steel - could you bleach it out a bit??

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  25. Don't do it. Listen to your instincts.

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  26. A warm grey with a mauve cast; you are right. To echo the bright colors a wee but, but not to drain them. Have you found some?

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